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MCI= More Than Just Forgetfulness

Are there any ‘THIS IS US’ fans out there?   I watched the Season 5 Premier this past weekend.  No spoiler alerts here but it was a very timely show, which discussed Covid, Black Lives Matter and feuding siblings.  However for today’s blog I thought I would write about Rebecca’s diagnosis…

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Mild Cognitive Impairment Does Not = Normal Aging

Are there any other “This Is Us” fans who eagerly awaited episode 10 last week?  Spoiler alert for those who have not yet watched.  Yes, as we suspected, Rebecca was diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).   Her diagnosis  is a fitting introduction for today’s blog  as  January is Alzheimers’ Awareness…

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September 21 was World Alzheimer’s Awareness Day.

In my opinion, dementia is our greatest health crisis. It is a disease that is not based on culture, gender, ethnicity, or social economic background although there is some current research that there may be some modifiable factors. Alzheimers is the most common form of dementia and one that impacts…

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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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