Aug 18, 2017

This Land is Our Land

When we work with people who are living with dementia, we often are privileged to hear stories from their past, stories of how they came to America or how their parents or grandparents immigrated to this land.

This Land is Our Land
By Tom and Karen Brenner

We work with people of many and varied ethnic groups, religions and cultures and as a result their stories of immigration vary greatly.

There are, however, a few themes that are common to all of the elders telling us these stories.

They all, every one of them, made a life here and contributed enormously to their new home - America.

The Remarkable Memories of Deeply Forgetful Dementia Patients

Alzheimer's caregivers often confuse the difference between short term memory loss and memories.

Caregivers often underestimate the memories of patients living with dementia.

Dementia patients lose their ability to remember new information and experiences. This happens because they can no longer store new memories in their brain.

On the other hand, dementia patients remain full of memories. These memories were stored in their brain long before the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

Aug 17, 2017

Why Do People Living with Alzheimer's Want to Go Home?

Do Alzheimer's patients want to go home? Or are they longing for a time and place when they were safe and secure and knew everyone's name and face?

Most Alzheimer's patients want to go home, Why?
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

My mother repeatedly said she wanted to move back home to a place where she had not lived for over 60 years - South Philadelphia.

The sound of her voice, the look on her face, the look of confusion and longing, often made me feel deeply sad.

Water is Invisible and Disconcerting to Dementia Patients

Aug 15, 2017

Caregivers Operate at a Very High "Station In Life"

While operating as a caregiver for someone living with Alzheimer's, or any type of dementia, we are performing at a very high "station in life".

Alzheimer's care is both meaningful and purposeful.
Caregiving is often arduous and burdensome.

At times it can be heartbreaking. But the ordinary acts we perform each day can bring meaning and purpose to our lives.