Tag: Alzheimer’s Association

Challenging the Alzheimer’s Association to make “The Longest Day” relevant

"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.

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Finally! Somebody’s paying attention to Alzheimer’s caregivers. (Part 1)

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)

Ambiguity and turning 60

Ambiguity and turning 60

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.

Sharing the word about the Alzheimer’s Association

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

Coping with Loved Ones who may Wander

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