by Samra Jones Bufkins We’ve all seen the ad. Grandpa can't remember his granddaughter's name. Grandma decides it's time for him to take ______ drug. While I’m tempted to turn this into a rant about both the pharmaceutical industry and the Alzheimer’s Association over-simplifying dementia by implying it’s only about memory loss, I’d rather relate … Continue reading A Tale of Two Kettles
When the broken finger belongs to somebody with Alzheimer's Disease. by Samra Jones Bufkins It was a sunny morning and I was sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of tea and a cat sprawled in my lap, checking email and watching squirrels rob the bird feeder just outside the window. My husband Bill, … Continue reading When is a broken finger worse than brain surgery?
"The Longest Day" should be a day of service. I've been a big supporter of the Alzheimer's Association, but frankly, I'm a little tired of the emphasis on "awareness" and the importance of fundraising. I'm ready for action.
It's been a while since I've updated the blog. A lot has happened, and I'll get to all of it in future posts, but this CBS News story really strikes a nerve, and I can't go to sleep without writing about it. Quick update: Near the end of January Bill slipped or tripped and hit his … Continue reading Finally! Somebody’s paying attention to Alzheimer’s caregivers. (Part 1)
Follow-up to Part 1. Change occurs rapidly and unexpectedly, and is discombobulating to everyone.
Just about the time things fall into a routine, the disease changes it for everybody.
There’s a term for one of the feelings caregivers suffer while their loved one is still alive—Ambiguous Loss.* Caregivers for people with dementia suffer the painful paradox of living with a person who is physically present but sometimes psychologically absent. The rollercoaster ride of good days and bad days exacerbates the ambiguity of the loss.
Connections are important in life, and I was pleased to learn my friend and PRSA colleague Gregg Shields had gone to work at UTSW Medical School. Gregg called me to tell me he was excited to be assigned to the Neurology Clinic, and especially the Alzheimer's Center. I told him how great the doctors and … Continue reading Sharing the word about the Alzheimer’s Association
My last post about the Medic Alert bracelet apparently caught the attention of a reporter who worked with the Dallas chapter of the Alzheimer's Association on an article about wandering. It's a pretty good article, but I'm a little disappointed at one small omission. While talking to Bill the reporter asked him about his wandering adventure … Continue reading Coping with Loved Ones who may Wander
Edited 12/1/2013 According to the Alzheimer's Association, six of ten people with dementia will wander. We've all seen the lighted highway signs: "Missing Elderly" with a license number and description of the car. As I write this Hal Ticknor is still missing, last seen October 11 driving his Chevy out of his driveway, was found … Continue reading Peace of mind in a MedicAlert bracelet.