A blog from the Dementia Action Alliance The current pandemic is stressful. And like all stress, it sets off a cascade of reactions in our body/mind. Like releasing cortisol which gets us ready to flee or fight. And while heightening our awareness, focusing our attention, having a burst of adrenalized energy may be ok in the short term it takes a toll in the long term. A person of any age with a heart condition or diabetes or respiratory problem is […]
[BPSD – behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia] by: G. Allen Power, MD It is hard to believe that my first blog post on this subject was 8 years ago, colorfully titled ECT for AD and LBD? WTF…(https://changingaging.org/blogstream/ect-for-ad-and-dlb-wtf/). In that post, I criticized researchers for giving electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to people living with dementia who were exhibiting “severe agitation or aggression.” This topic has jumped back into the limelight recently with the announcement of a new $11.8 million NIA grant—to […]
Why do we call it Alzheimer’s Disease and not Alzheimer’s Dementia? From what I see and read and have researched, Alzheimer’s is the only form of dementia that is called a disease other than Parkinson’s. Does calling it a disease make it stand out from other forms of dementia? I think it does. When someone hears you have Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s Disease you are automatically associated as having a terminal illness. But tell someone you have Lewy Body Dementia […]
“Technology and Dementia: How Innovation is Empowering Beyond Diagnosis” by Adam Sobol, DAA Corporate Leadership Council Member, at TEDxDayton. Click “Read More” to see the video
by Margaret Anderson “I am so blessed to have known your dad…. I watched his joy and gratitude for each day and everything it offered… He taught me how to live, and I shall miss him terribly but I will remember.” A friend wrote this to me when my Dad, Earl, died. Dad, who had dementia, lived with me for his last nine years – from age 91 to 100. Her words reflect so much of those years – years […]
Note: This article is directed toward people living with early-stage dementia. If you are a care partner, please pass it along to your loved one after you read it. Jeff Borghoff had been working as a Sr. Technical Architect for eight years. His job included, among other duties, meeting with clients. When he was 50 years old, he began to notice memory and concentration changes in himself. Jeff’s symptoms continued worsening, and by age 51 he was no longer […]
Did Winnie-The-Pooh have Dementia by Laurie Scherrer. With Appreciation to Laurie for allowing DAA to post her blog.
It recently occurred to me that A.A. Milne had an understanding of dementia when he created Winnie-The Pooh. Throughout the exciting stories of The Hundred Acre Woods this “chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluffy” often mentions his forgetfulness, cognitive impairments and not being able to say what he wants to get across. Although some phrases used in 1929 to describe dementia (such as “a bear of very little brain”) may seem unacceptable today, the stories often describe […]