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Bilingualism and dementia: How some patients lose their second language and rediscover their first

For many people with dementia, memories of early childhood appear more vivid than their fragile sense of the present. But what happens when the present is experienced through a different language than the one spoken in childhood? And how might carers and care homes cope with the additional level of complexity in looking after bilingual […]

Website helps caregivers, families protect firearm-owning seniors with dementia

The first comprehensive online resource to help caregivers navigate issues related to firearm access and dementia — the Safety in Dementia website — has been developed by faculty members at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

In the U.S., the number of Alzheimer’s cases is projected to triple by 2050, according to U.S. […]

Older Americans Act and time change caregiving tips

For San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging (SJBAAA), I am not only a part-time long-term care ombudsman, which is an advocate for residents at Pine Ridge, a 24-hour extended care home, and BeeHive, an assisted living residence. I also am an aging and disability resource specialist and trained Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) and State […]

Congress should honor dementia caregivers

Today, 73,000 Coloradans are living with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia. Last year, 252,000 of their family members and friends provided 287 million hours of unpaid care to support their journey living with the disease. I witnessed what being one of those caregivers did to my parents for 10 years. November is National […]

Lend a helping hand to Alzheimer’s caregivers for National Family Caregivers Month

This November, during National Family Caregivers Month, while families across the country are preparing for Thanksgiving, 16 million family members and friends will be caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging people to lend a hand to caregivers.

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Tips for navigating the holidays and Alzheimer’s

The holiday season is approaching. Fun, family, good times. But as a former caregiver to my parents who had Alzheimer’s and currently serving as an Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group facilitator, I know firsthand how stressful the holidays can be for caregivers.

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Alzheimer’s Q&A: What are the benefits of someone in a secured Alzheimer’s/dementia unit of a long-term care setting?

Placing a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in a long-term care setting is often stressful and worrisome, and it can be even more so if a decision must be made about placement in a specialized memory care unit.

Specialized care units should have a clear mission and activity programming that is structured to […]

What is it really like living with dementia? We speak to three carers to find out how they cope

It is thought that more than nine million Americans are currently living with some form of dementia.

Although there is no cure at the moment, with the right treatment and support, it’s possible for people with dementia to lead active, fulfilled lives for many years after they are diagnosed.

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Easing the burden after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis does not just impact the person with the disease. The diagnosis has an impact on the entire family. Thankfully there is an organization in the CSRA that is easing that burden and helping patients lead fulfilling lives for as long as possible. Jennifer Pennington, the Executive Director of the Jud C. Hickey […]

Letter: Family caregivers need our support

This November, during National Family Caregivers Month, we recognize the impact of caregiving and honor the more than 16 million Americans caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, in 2018, caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia provided an estimated 18.5 billion hours of unpaid assistance, a contribution to […]