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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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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