Robert Bowles: A Purpose Driven Career

DAA thanks the Georgia Pharmacy Association (GPhA) Journal for allowing us to re-post Phil Ratliff’s article on our Board member Robert Bowles being awarded “The Larry L. Braden Meritorious Service Award”. Ask those who know Robert Bowles to describe the 69-year old retired pharmacist from Thomaston, and you’ll likely detect a pattern: driven, intellectually curious, a problem-solver, a man with purpose and passion. So, in 2012, when Bowles was diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia, Bowles realized he faced a choice — to continue to live his life with the same sort of drive and passion that defined his legendary pharmacy…

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​Ten Things I Learned at the Dementia Action Alliance Conference

DAA thanks Marysue Moses, Dimensions Program Coordinator at Ebenezer Memory Care, for allowing us to re-post her July 24, 2017 article. At the end of June, I had the opportunity to experience the first ever North American Dementia Action Alliance Conference in Atlanta. This was an amazing event, the best and most moving dementia conference I have ever been to, and it scrambled my brain in the very best way. The conference organizers included persons with early-stage dementia in their planning. There were many speakers at the conference who also had dementia, who spoke movingly and clearly about horrendous experiences with…

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What Happens When We See Dementia as a Disability?

DAA thanks Kirsten Jacobs, associate director of dementia and wellness at LeadingAge, for allowing us to re-post her July 14, 2017 article, in which she imagines how our attitudes and actions might change if we looked at dementia as a disability, not an illness. Pam Montana and Chris Hannafan recently invited me to view dementia through an intriguing lens. In early June, the two appeared on my television screen during an installment of the PBS “Brief but Spectacular” series, which periodically asks interesting people to describe their passions. Pam and Chris were sincere and insightful as they presented their “Brief but Spectacular” take…

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Re-Imagine Dementia

DAA thanks Vicki Kaufmann of CaregiverFamilies.com for allowing us to re-post the following article from her online blog. July 22, 2017 In his 1971 best-selling solo, “Imagine,” John Lennon encourages his listeners to imagine a world at peace without barriers, borders, or divisions. I attended the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) Conference held in Atlanta June 25-27. The theme was “Re-Imagine Life with Dementia.” This motto set the tone for the workshops, interactive learning sessions, and special interest groups. DAA Conference Button I was particularly moved by the Monday morning plenary panel discussion. The five panelists are active advocates and either…

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Six Lessons I Learned at the Dementia Action Alliance Conference

With our sincerest appreciation to Juliet for allowing DAA to re-post her June 30th blog. Juliet Holt Klinger June 30, 2017 I have just returned from the first Dementia Action Alliance Conference: Re-Imagine Life with Dementia in Atlanta and I feel strongly compelled to share my experience. Frankly, I can’t think of a better way to wrap up Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. The Dementia Action Alliance is an organization that was formed to give a voice to those living with dementia and those who partner with them. You can read more about their mission here. The conference was the first of its kind;…

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Meaningful Connections

by Nancy L. Kriseman, LCSW, Geriatric Consulting Services As an eldercare Clinical Social Worker, I have worked with individuals who are living with dementia and those caring for them for over 35 years. Midway through my career, my mother was diagnosed with probable Alzheimer’s at age 71. My mother lived with Alzheimer’s disease for 17 years, she died at 87 years old. Throughout this journey, I wanted to find ways to stay positively connected to her. As mom’s dementia progressed, she had to move into assisted living, and then later a nursing home. I soon realized that spending time together…

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Discovering the Essence of My Father: A Care Partner’s Perspective

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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