Tag: Dementia

More about getting real

By Samra Jones Bufkins Not long ago I wrote a post about "getting real."  Since then it's gotten better, but not much. The other morning, right before his physical therapist arrived, he came out of the guest bathroom. I didn't see him leave, but he circled through my office and the kitchen, and when I saw … Continue reading More about getting real

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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.

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.

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