During the last few years of my father’s life, I had an incredible opportunity to journey back in time with him to discover the essence of his personhood.  As his journey with Alzheimer’s peeled away the carefully crafted layers of his life history, I learned to pay attention to what was unfolding.  Our visits together became a journey back through time, one that offered me the precious opportunity to better view the unencumbered essence around which my Dad’s life had been built. Spending time together in this loving and enlightening time machine, his life as an electrical engineer vanished and…

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Resident’s Grandson Gives the Gift of Music

Jayne Clairmont, Dementia Care Expert & Owner, English Rose Suites http://englishrosesuites.com With our sincerest appreciation to Jayne for allowing DAA to re-post the following article from their online blog. Betty Vaaler was one of those women that you always remember fondly; she was kind, funny, caring, a loving and supportive mother and wife. The proof of that statement is obvious when you meet her family. Betty was also a woman of God, who enjoyed sharing her favorite bible verses and singing her favorite hymns. Betty lived at English Rose Suites for four and a half years, sharing her beautiful personality…

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Let’s Change The Stories We Tell 

Anne Ellett, N.P., M.S.N. AANC Certified Gerontological Nurse Founder, Executive Director – Memory Care Support www.MemoryCareSupport.com With our sincerest appreciation to Anne for allowing DAA to re-post the following article from her April 2017 newsletter. Most of us are aware of research that shows that if teachers hold low expectations of a child’s abilities, that child is more likely to perform only to the level of the teacher’s low expectations. And conversely, if the teachers have high expectations, the child is much more likely to excel to the level of the higher expectations. In fact, teacher’s expectations for their students have a…

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Embracing Person-Centered Dementia Values: The Dementia Action Alliance

By Deborah Shouse, writer, speaker, editor, and dementia advocate. One by one, we say hello via video conferencing, writers, artists, and arts advocates from all over the country. One sculptor enriches the visual aspects of our meeting by strolling through a museum, giving us occasional glimpses of vibrant art. We meet another artist’s dog. Via video, we see each other’s offices and learn each other’s names and goals. Some of the participants are living with dementia; some are not. All of us are brainstorming ways to use the arts as a catalyst to connect people. Already it is working; through…

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The Beginning of Hope: Chapter 2

With our sincerest appreciation to Brian for allowing DAA to re-post his blog entry. www.withalzmyheart.com/hope By: Brian Kursonis March 5, 2017 When I realized I was no longer going back to my job and that I was now retired due to my ‘disability’… I suddenly had a bunch of time on my hands.  I didn’t want to be bored to death and become more of a couch potato than I already had.  This was due to the vertigo I had for two months at the beginning of this odyssey. So at first I decided to spend time doing things I…

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Side-by-side events uplift people with dementia and their caregivers

DAA thanks Jonathan Streetman, Health & Social Service Reporter, and The Herald Times for allowing us to re-post the following article: By Jonathan Streetman 812-331-4353 | jstreetman@heraldt.com | Feb. 15, 2017 On Valentine’s Day, cards created and given by a loved one can say much more than the words inside them. At Jill’s House Memory Care, a facility for individuals with memory problems such as Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, residents were able to make Valentine’s Day cards for loved ones to say the words they may have trouble saying now.

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See Me in Dementia

by Laura Bowley, Director at Mindset Centre for Living with Dementia With Warm Appreciation to Laura Bowley for permitting us to re-post this April 6, 2016 article at a time when WE TRULY NEED TO SEE THE PERSON: (original post link: http://mindsetmemory.com/see-me/) What happens when you don’t see the “me” in dementia? If you don’t see the “me,” you see the dementia instead, and when you see the dementia, the “me” or the “I” becomes an “it.” You’re seeing a disease rather than a person. If you don’t see the “me,” you get physicians who speak to the caregiver when revealing…

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