Sep 25, 2018

Deeply Forgetful and a Whole Person

I started to think of my mother as deeply forgetful, not as an Alzheimer’s patient.


I started to think of my mother as deeply forgetful, not as an Alzheimer’s patient.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

I was interviewed by Lori La Bey on Alzheimer's Speaks Radio. I had no real expectation going into the interview. I should have known better.

Lori caught me off guard when she asked me right up front to explain my construct of the deeply forgetful.


Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia rates expected to double by 2060

The number of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia patients in the U. S. will double by 2060, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The number of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia patients in the U. S. will double by 2060

The number of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia patients in 2014 was 5 million people, which is 1.6 percent of the U.S. population (319 million people).

The number is projected to grow to 13.9 million, nearly 3.3 percent of the population in 2060 (417 million people).


Sep 19, 2018

Coping with Mirror Anxiety in Dementia Patients

People with dementia move backwards in time, and may no longer recognize their current selves in mirrors (or any reflective surfaces, like inside windows at night-time).


Reflection in the Mirror
by Rita Jablonski
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Some people “friend” themselves (see When Alzheimer's Patients Friend Themselves). They happily talk to and interact with their reflection. Other people become upset when they see a stranger staring at them in the mirror.


4 Ways to Deal with Anger and Confusion on the Part of a Loved One Living with Dementia

The more confused a person living with dementia becomes the meaner they get.


"They love us and rely on us so much they can't stand to be without us".

The harder they are to deal with on a daily basis.

Much of this has to do with self esteem and boredom. 

Here are 4 of the best solutions I developed to help caregivers to cope and communicate with an angry, confused dementia patient.


Sep 14, 2018

Alzheimer's World - The New Reality

Once you accept Alzheimer's World and learn how to operate in Alzheimer's World you'll learn that opposites can indeed attract. And stick together like glue.


Alzheimer's World

To understand Alzheimer's
You must redefine reality
This new reality is called
Alzheimer's World




Sep 13, 2018

Alzheimer's The Day Your Loved One Won't Know You

After an incredible outpouring of emotions the caregiver experiences an immediate sense of relief when they first learn they are not alone.


Knowing the day is coming when your loved one won't know you is the most horrific feeling of them all for an Alzheimer's caregiver

In a series of articles I asked Alzheimer's caregiver a simple question that could be defined this way --

Will persons living with Alzheimer's become an empty shell?