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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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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Book Reviews: Wonderful New Books on Living Proactively with Dementia

By Karen Love Every once in a while a book comes along that is a stand out. Luckily, two such books about living proactively with dementia have recently been published. Kate Swaffer’s, “What the Hell Happened to My Brain? Living Beyond Dementia,” is a tour de force and a candid account of one person’s journey living proactively beyond a dementia diagnosis. As the title suggests, Kate, who was diagnosed with a younger onset dementia at the age of 49, is spunky and describes her “good, bad and downright ugly” experiences. Her first person perspective is an eye-opening yet heart-warming story….

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Maureen’s journey: ‘We have a positive attitude – we’ll try anything once!’

The DAA thanks Maureen and Mike and Unforgettable.org for allowing us to re-post their story Maureen Pike’s husband Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA) at the age of 59. Here Maureen explains how they’re both continuing to enjoy life. How was Mike diagnosed? It was quite a long process. Mike had always looked after himself and led a healthy, active lifestyle. The only time he’d ever been ill was as a teenager when he had an eye condition (his eye turned in) and needed an operation to correct it. Then in his early fifties he started…

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What We Can All Learn About Living in the Present

by Anthony Cirillo.  Originally posted on The Huffington Post on 5.10.2016 My good friend Sandy Halperin, who has early onset Alzheimer’s, was recently honored along with Sanjay Gupta, M.D., with the 2016 Proxmire Award, which recognizes national figures who have “demonstrated leadership and positively impacted public awareness around Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.” A couple weeks before he accepted the award we had a 35 minute Skype call. In it he expressed concern about what he was going to say. Certainly honored by the award, he knew he needed to be both gracious but also make a statement, while he still could,…

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Person-Centered Dementia Care Encourages International Exchange of Ideas

by: Mara Botonis, Access and Utilization Work Group Co-Chair, Dementia Action Alliance I leaned in and asked the former zookeeper, “Which animal in the zoo was the most difficult to care for?” She responded “The monkeys” without hesitation and with a knowing sparkle in her eye that wordlessly conveyed that she knew more than a little something about this topic. She quickly added that the reason she chose monkeys was because “they are always SO naughty!” before her face gave way into a huge grin as she drew me closer. The gesture seemed to invite me to join her in visiting the many…

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“Empower the Least Empowered”

by: Jill Harrison, PhD., Planetree Experience Advisor On a recent visit to a nursing home, I overheard the following conversation while I was in the dining room of a locked memory care unit. “What is this?” a resident asked pointing at a mug on the table. “It’s coffee. You like coffee. Go ahead and drink it,” said a staff member who was busily wiping off nearby tables. The resident took a sip and recoiled. “But, it’s not even hot,” she said. “You know you aren’t allowed to have hot coffee because you might spill it and burn yourself,” explained the staff member….

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