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Tag: Alzheimers

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Supporting Caregivers, One Day At A Time

Last week I had the  pleasure of presenting to a group of caregivers from the Alzheimers Society Kingston Frontenac & Addington chapter.  One thing that everyone in the group had in common was that they were all loving someone who had a diagnosis of dementia.  Just to refresh terminology, “dementia…

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January is Alzheimers’ Awareness Month

Let’s take a moment to consider one of the biggest health crises that we will be facing over the next several years. A health diagnosis that not only robs people of their memories but a health crisis that can destroy families. Without planning, I fear it may also bankrupt our…

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A Terrific Bday Gift- A Dementia Strategy

Congratulations Canada! 150 years young and we are living longer than ever. Along with long life often comes disability and for many dementia is, in my opinion, the most threatening disease of today. Finally we have joined the ranks of the more progressive countries, those that are preparing themselves for…

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Keeping Memories Alive

It is hard enough when a loved one forgets; but it is also very painful when family forget …. about who the older person is and who they were. Many times older people are seen as just that old folks- who may be wrinkled, forgetful, stooped over and hard of…

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The Latest Census Data: 2016

I am not a big fan of statistics but these figures are worth noting. Today there are more seniors over age 65 than children under age 14. Not only are we living longer but adults over 100 years of age are the fastest growing age group. Today’s life expectancy is…

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Dementia in Canada: Developing A National Strategy for Dementia-friendly Communities

“I can think of no other disease that places such a heavy burden on families, communities, and societies. I can think of no other disease where innovation, including breakthrough discoveries to develop a cure, is so badly needed.” — Margaret Chan, Director General, World Health Organization (Opening remarks at the…

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A Place To Call Home

We are fortunate to have a handful of retirement residences that are designed exclusively for those living with dementia. Individualized care is expensive; there are No Ifs Ands or Buts about it! ( MMSE humour)

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Cracked: New Light on Dementia

A play that speaks louder than words.   I had the pleasure of watching an “innovative research-based theatre production that raises important questions about the dominant ‘tragic’ ways persons with dementia are understood and treated in our society.” Based on research by health researchers, Dr. Sherry Dupuis and team highlight the…

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Demystifying the ‘D’ word……

The majority of all dementia is of the Alzheimers type and it affects more woman than men. The ‘D’ word is the new ‘C’ word (cancer, shhhhh) and demystifying the ‘D’ word is what awareness is all about.

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Gone Missing…..

A  few weeks ago, I had a client go missing. He walked out of his house early one morning while his wife was still sleeping.  He was found 24 hours later, having walked for miles.  There are more and more stories of seniors who walk out of their homes and…

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