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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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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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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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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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