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Attitude Shift: A Fresh Look at Facing Alzheimer’s Disease

By Jacki Brewster / March 15, 2019 / Comments Off on Attitude Shift: A Fresh Look at Facing Alzheimer’s Disease

When we discuss Alzheimer’s disease, so much of the focus is on how much our loved one will lose or has already lost. We talk about all the things they will no longer be able to do or the things they already can’t do themselves. Dementia is all about loss and pain and sadness. Or,…

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It’s Complicated: Paying for Long-term Care Services

By Jacki Brewster / February 18, 2019 / Comments Off on It’s Complicated: Paying for Long-term Care Services

If you are 65 years old right now, you have a 70% chance of needing some type of long-term care services and support in your remaining years. Twenty percent of you who are in that 70% will need these services for longer than five years. Women, you are more at risk than men because you…

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Depression and Dementia

By Jacki Brewster / January 24, 2019 / Comments Off on Depression and Dementia

It would seem logical that a person diagnosed with an incurable illness would become depressed. Reports indicate that clinically significant depression may occur in as many as 50% of people diagnosed with dementia. Dr. James M. Ellison, MD, MPH, of Swank Memory Care Center, Christiana Care Health System, notes that those recently diagnosed with a…

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The Importance of Purposeful and Meaningful Activities for People with Dementia

By Jacki Brewster / January 24, 2019 / Comments Off on The Importance of Purposeful and Meaningful Activities for People with Dementia

How do you spend your time? Perhaps you enjoy shopping, going to the movies, or visiting friends and relatives. Maybe you have a hobby like woodworking, knitting, cooking, or art. You might choose to get physical, taking a walk or going for a swim. Or you may be a person who fills your time by…

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Making The Moves In Three Steps

By Jacki Brewster / January 2, 2019 / Comments Off on Making The Moves In Three Steps

Deciding When It’s Time, Letting Go of Guilt, Downsizing Dementia-related diseases can be exhausting, not only for the person with the disease, but also for their loved ones. As they slowly lose their ability to live independently the decision that it is time for them to move to a more supported living environment needs to…

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Dementia And Wandering

By Jacki Brewster / January 2, 2019 / Comments Off on Dementia And Wandering

At 5:30 on a recent morning, Dover, New Hampshire, police were called to the site of the body of an elderly woman who was found laying on the side of the road near the home she shared with her daughter. She had wandered out the door in the middle of the night when everyone was…

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Be Prepared for the Assisted Living Conversation

By Jacki Brewster / December 17, 2018 / Comments Off on Be Prepared for the Assisted Living Conversation

Let’s face it, most of us don’t feel as old as we are and believe we can still do the things we’ve always been able to do. The aches and pains of aging and declining independence are hard pills to swallow. So, how do you begin to broach the subject of assisted living with your…

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The Most Common Diseases that Cause Dementia Symptoms

By Jacki Brewster / December 7, 2018 / Comments Off on The Most Common Diseases that Cause Dementia Symptoms

Many people are not aware that dementia is a symptom, not a disease. Some of the hallmarks of dementia are memory loss, difficulty with communication, loss of reasoning skills, and mood swings. However, saying a person has dementia simply means that they have the symptoms of dementia, it does not tell us why – what…

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Facing The Facts of Dementia-Related Diseases

By Jacki Brewster / November 27, 2018 / Comments Off on Facing The Facts of Dementia-Related Diseases

According to Alzheimers.net, in 2014, there were 22,000 people in New Hampshire who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2025, this number is expected to grow by 45.5%. There are 1.34 million people in New Hampshire, which means that 1.64% of them have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. However, these statistics only tell us…

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