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Coping with Dementia: Because loneliness kills

A few years ago, I spoke with a hospice chaplain who said, “You know, I don’t believe people die from dementia. I believe people with dementia die from neglect, loneliness and grief!”

I will never forget those words because they so accurately describe the cruelty of this disease.

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Why we all need to learn about dementia

In 2020, there are estimated to be almost half a million Australians living with dementia.

As our country’s population continues to age, this number is projected to grow to almost 1.1 million by 2058.

Dementia is the second leading cause of death for Australians.

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‘Help’s out there, just ask’: How dementia day care helped, when grandpa kept getting lost

It was 6.30am and Geraldine Lim was about to give up. Her father had not come home since he left for his usual walkabout the afternoon before.

There was no dial tone when she called his phone, and she had no way of giving him directions to get home, unlike previous occasions when he’d wandered […]

Dementia care in a pandemic: ‘Dad asked me if we were at war’

Teena Gates bought seeds for planting and organised projects to keep her dad, Terry Martin (95), occupied during the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite all of this preparation, caring for her father – who has vascular dementia – during Covid-19 has been far more difficult than she anticipated.

Gates struggled with […]

Additional COVID-19 Guidance for Caregivers of People Living with Dementia in Community Settings

Older adults and people with serious underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, according to public health and clinical experts. Among adults with confirmed COVID-19, those aged 65 years and older are more likely to be hospitalized, to be admitted for intensive care, and to die. In fact, 8 out […]

Senior Living: How to cope with dementia during a pandemic

Daisy Conant, 91, thrives off routine.

One of her favorites is reading the newspaper with her morning coffee. But, lately, the news surrounding the coronavirus pandemic has been more agitating than pleasurable.

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The Challenges of Living Alone

Caregiving expert Pamela D. Wilson hosts The Caring Generation® family talk radio program for caregivers and aging adults this coming Wednesday, September 2, on the Bold Brave Media Network. The program airs live at 9 p.m. EST. The Caring Generation® aired initially from 2009 to 2011 on 630 KHOW-AM in Denver, Colorado.

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Large Study Will Examine THC Treatment For Alzheimer’s Patients

Canadian researchers recently received a $1.84 million grant to study the effectiveness of a synthetic form of THC in treating anxiety and agitation in patients who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. The grant comes for the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.

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The big question about dementia care is who is going to do it

In a two-storey building in a suburb of Tokyo, eight old people are sitting around tables in a spotless living room with a kitchenette attached. They are enjoying a quiz game, which entails shouting out the word that completes a well-known phrase or saying. One woman is first to all the answers, with nobody else […]

Dementia underlying cause in 3 times more deaths in U.S. than currently reported, study concludes

Dementia may be responsible for almost three times more deaths in the United States than what is being reported, according to a new study out of Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH).

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