Building a Staff and Resident Partnership around Dementia By Elizabeth Hole

Kendal at Oberlin, a continuing care community, opened in the fall of 1993.  One of its founding principles was:   To enhance the quality of life and vitality of those we serve and to foster a sense of community, treating each person as a valued individual and in an atmosphere of mutual respect and caring.”  Values and Practices, p. 3   By the winter of 2017, our community was 24 years old with residents [...]

2018-08-12T12:07:23+00:00 August 12th, 2018|

Should You Stop Working? Guidance for People Living with Early-Stage Dementia by Marie Marley

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 [...]

2018-07-12T07:23:06+00:00 May 6th, 2018|

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 [...]

2018-04-05T09:21:12+00:00 April 5th, 2018|

Innovative Dementia-Friendly Programs – Countering Stigma and Social Isolation

by Emily Kearns, PhD, MBA We have known for a very long time that lifestyle, such as diet and exercise, affects our health and well-being. But, did you know that social isolation is directly linked to decreased longevity? That’s right! More than cigarette smoking and even obesity, living alone and being isolated can shorten our lives. Not only that, the quality of our shortened life is at risk with social isolation potentially contributing to [...]

2018-02-13T07:03:19+00:00 February 13th, 2018|

Making a Difference with Wisdom, Determination & Compassion

by Jackie Pinkowitz, M.Ed. As Board Chair of the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA), I am privileged to interact with friends and colleagues living with dementia across our country.   These individuals are “Making a Real Difference” through personal pathways of advocacy in their communities, their states, and our country.  Whether through  speaking engagements, writing, social media, video podcasts, or sharing their artistic talent with others, each one advances a common mission of making the United [...]

2018-01-31T06:37:08+00:00 January 30th, 2018|

Do People With Dementia Have the Right to Vote?

Mary L. Radnofsky, Ph.D. DAA Advisory Council I was recently asked about the voting rights of people with dementia in America, especially when entering memory care. It’s an important issue to those of us with a diagnosis. But this question also addresses our fundamental identity as human beings, for we have a voice that should be heard not only in the governance of our country, but in our personal autonomy. The right to vote [...]

2017-12-05T15:01:58+00:00 December 4th, 2017|