Jun 26, 2011

"More There", the Survivors, and Quality of Life

Often after a dementia diagnosis, Dowhaniuk said, people retreat into their homes and avoid activities.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

The Persistence of Memory
Dali, MOMA
For those of you that have been here for a while, you are probably noticing that my temperature is slowing rising and fast approaching the boiling point when it comes to the issue that "there are no survivors of Alzheimer's".

You can be assured that I am gearing up to reply to this "intentionally" mean spirited line of reasoning.

This morning I read a wonderful article about Alzheimer's sufferers, relationships, isolation, and quality of life.

Meet the survivors.

“We’re trying to break that isolation,” she said.
People are being diagnosed earlier with Alzheimer’s and related dementia and are eager for programs to help them have a good life with the disease. People are realizing they can still do things and enjoy life.

“They are wanting a better quality of life,” said Debra McGonegal, development co-ordinator.
“He’s getting to meet people who are in a similar circumstance to him,” Maureen said during a recent session at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. “It’s so good for him.”

Continue reading -- Art program engages Alzheimer patients and caregivers

Tip of the hat to, Johanna Weidner, The Record

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Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. The blog contains more than 2,680 articles with more than 512,100 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

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