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Home for the Holidays? An Opportunity to Notice Subtle Changes

By Jacki Brewster / October 28, 2019 / Comments Off on Home for the Holidays? An Opportunity to Notice Subtle Changes

October may be a bit early to be thinking about turkey and stuffing and Christmas presents. However, it’s never too early to prepare for a visit to your older loved ones. Learning what to look for that may warrant further inquiry is important. The Alzheimer’s Association advises that “an early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s provides a…

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What to Expect from Assisted Living Specializing in Memory Care

By Jacki Brewster / August 20, 2019 / Comments Off on What to Expect from Assisted Living Specializing in Memory Care

It’s time. The difficult decision to begin the search for assisted living has been made and now you are faced with the task of finding the right place for your loved one. What can you expect to find in your search? What are the needs of your loved one and your family, and can these…

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The Why and How of Dementia Caregiver Support Groups

By Jacki Brewster / June 26, 2019 / Comments Off on The Why and How of Dementia Caregiver Support Groups

The Alzheimer’s Association has released new statistics for 2019 reporting that over 16 million Americans provide unpaid care to people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. These caregivers provide 18.5 billion hours of care valued at more than $234 billion. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance website, these caregivers are providing complex care, such…

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The Montessori Method and Dementia Care

By Jacki Brewster / May 16, 2019 / Comments Off on The Montessori Method and Dementia Care

Maria Montessori was one of Italy’s first female physicians. In 1907, she designed a new type of school program for challenging students who were thought of as unteachable. Most of these students came from poor backgrounds and lived in disordered, even dangerous environments outside of school. Montessori’s first step was to take them out of…

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Alternatives to Antipsychotic Medication

By Jacki Brewster / April 1, 2019 / Comments Off on Alternatives to Antipsychotic Medication

Recommendation of the American Geriatrics Society: People with dementia often exhibit aggression, resistance to care and other challenging or disruptive behaviors. In such instances, antipsychotic medicines are often prescribed, but they provide limited and inconsistent benefits, while posing risks, including oversedation, cognitive worsening and increased likelihood of falls, strokes and mortality. Use of these drugs…

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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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