Posts Tagged memory loss

Does My Loved One Need a Caregiver?


When do you know if your loved one needs a caregiver?

Below are some items you may want to monitor, as you visit your loved one.

-Mail is piling up, bills are not being paid, calls from collection agencies
-The yard or house is no longer being maintained
-Changes in personal hygiene or change in typical behavior (like smoking in the bed, when the person used to only smoke outside).
-Changes in typical habits of eating/diet and exhibiting weight loss (or noticing clothing is now loose)
-Forgetting to take medication
-Unexplained dents or scratches on car (from bumping into objects when driving) Read the rest of this entry »

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Teepa Snow, Leading Expert on Dementia



This week, I had the opportunity to attend a work shop on dementia by one of America’s leading experts on the topic; Teepa Snow.  It was both informative, and funny as she kept our attention the entire six hours.  Below, is a clip from her site.  She has a great deal of information you can use to improve your care for those with dementia.

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Possible Link Between Calcium Supplements and Dementia


According to a new study, “calcium supplements may be associated with an increased risk of dementia in older women who have had a stroke or other signs of cerebrovascular disease. The research is published in the August 17, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.”

This article goes on to explain, that the study was small and does not state that there is a direct link between calcium supplements and dementia, however it does say there may be a link and that more research needs to be completed.  For more information, see the article below.


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Time To Stop Driving?


Everyone enjoys independence and one of the greatest marks of independence, is being able to drive.  It gives an individual great freedom; freedom to work, shop, and socialize with others.  But if you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, this topic can be a tricky one- full of legitimate concern.

The question is: “Does mom or dad still have the cognitive ability to drive safely (keeping him or her safe, as well as others)?”

Here are two links that will help you answer that question.  The first link is terrific and it lists important facts you should consider- such as having a diagnosis of dementia, taking medications that may affect reasoning, and other issues that may make driving more difficult like vision and hearing loss.

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Never Ending Love

This video is from You-tube, and was posted by a group called Human Kind.  Human Kind posts really terrific stories about real people.  This one, is about a husband and wife both in a long-term care facility.  The wife has Alzheimer’s and the husband visits her when he can.  He continues to love, and be devoted to her even when she doesn’t remember him. It is very touching.

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SAGE: A Test to Detect Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia


Source: SAGE: A Test to Detect Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia | OSU Wexner Medical Center

Are you concerned about your memory or the memory of a loved one?  There is a five minute exam available to download through Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, which may help you if you are concerned.  The Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE) is designed to detect early signs of cognitive, memory or thinking impairments. It evaluates your thinking abilities and helps physicians to know how well your brain is working.

I think this is very interesting and plan to learn more about it.  It is important to note that this test must be self-administered.  If you have concerns about memory loss, consider taking the test and making an appointment with your primary doctor.

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I Have No Shame- Its Alzheimer’s


No Shame: Glen Campbell Documentary Follows Singer’s Goodbye Tour : NPR.

Glen Campbell, a musician was diagnosed with Alzheimers a few years ago.  A documentary on his story was filmed as he did a “goodbye tour” for his fans.  This is just a brief interview with National Public Radio, but it is fascinating.  Glenn Campbell was able to be open about his disease with his loved ones and even had humor during the initial stages.  Unfortunately, Mr. Campbell is currently in a long-term care facility, but he still can play guitar better than many.  For more, please listen to this interview on NPR.

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Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Youth

▶ original Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era – YouTube.

We all have music we love, and when we hear it, it can take us back…. There must be a special place in our brains where musical tunes reside, because in this video you can see a man with limited mental function hear music from his youth and WOW- watch what happens….

Not only can he remember the tune, he recalls the words and simple facts about his favorite musician.  After listening to the music, the man in the video literally becomes more alert and seems to become a “regenerated” or new person.


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A Mom Remembers


Gods Gift – YouTube.

A mother who has Alzheimer’s remembers her daughter Kelly- if just for a moment.  This is a short, but sweet video.

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How Basic Math Practice Can Help a Senior With Dementia


Here is a photo of my grandmother at age 95.  She has dementia and lives at an assisted living facility.  She is unable to care for her daily needs, such as going to the restroom, bathing and requires full assistance getting dressed.  She is no longer aware of society around her- she doesn’t know the name of the state she lives in, or the town.  She cannot recall the names of most of her family members.

She is however, able to recall her basic math facts!  She writes her answers slowly but really seems to enjoy the simple job of adding.  She is able to add numbers up to 20.  She can do some subtraction, but that is more challenging.  Working on the math sheets helps fill her day.  When she is praised for completing a sheet, she will look into your eyes and smile (something really special).

If you have a loved one like my grandmother, consider purchasing some basic math fact books- my grandmother can do Kindergarten level and some 1st grade.  Consider making copies, as my grandmother is happy to complete the same pages over and over.

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