Jerry and Ellen Hauck have both experienced dementia caregiving, both volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association, and both have learned to reclaim romance in their lives. Jerry has been both an education facilitator (5-6 years) and support group facilitator (8 years) and Ellen has been a support group facilitator for about 8 years too. Jerry is … Continue reading Reclaiming romance in dementia caregiving
The leaves of memory seemed to makeA mournful rustling in the dark.~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow I am losing my mother in pieces. She is like an autumn tree: beautiful, colorful, and dying. The breeze of Alzheimer’s whispers through the branches while her memory drops off with the leaves. One day, when her tree is finally bare, … Continue reading Mother Nature…Mother Nurture
In 2017, when my husband, Steve, started getting lost in our house, I realized it was time for the next step in our Alzheimer’s journey—a move from Seattle to a retirement community in Vancouver. That move, to be closer to my son and daughter-in-law in Portland, meant the loss of our former support community. That … Continue reading Finding Community with Dementia-Friendly Walking Groups
Written by Sheridan Horning, LAc Self-care is a topic that can bring up many different reactions. It can inspire excitement or curiosity about learning a new way to relax and recharge. But it can also prompt anxiety around falling short of expectations about what we could and should be doing. However, in a fundamental way, … Continue reading Self-Care: Practice IS Perfect
The United States Postal Service has undertaken a concerted effort to promote the four semipostal stamps it’s currently selling. First up is the Alzheimer’s Awareness semipostal, but those wanting to support that effort will need to act fast. That’s because the focus on this stamp ends September 30, even though they will continue to be … Continue reading USPS promotes Alzheimer’s semipostal during September, other semipostals through 2021
Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is a community driven event. This means that, behind the scenes, a group of incredible volunteers dedicate their time each year to bring us together for the world’s leading event to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Both Christyna Hengstler and Amanda McCallum are celebrating their second … Continue reading The best time to volunteer? Now: Amanda and Christyna’s story.
By Lori Stanton, Alzheimer’s Association Regional Manager Growing up, there were four of us. It never mattered that we didn’t all have the same Mom and Dad; as cousins, we were blood, and that was all we needed. In the earliest years, we didn’t even realize that one of us was a little different than … Continue reading My Cousin, Stacy
by Kathy Teyler Jarrett You’ve gotten at least a tentative diagnosis, so what do you do next? Next steps may seem daunting, but there are things you can and should do now – even if you feel in a fog. Do the first 3 sooner rather than later. If you have done some of these already, great! … Continue reading 12 Steps to Take After a Lewy Body Dementia Diagnosis
By Janelle Bretz; edited by Stephanie Foster A hug that’s always with you Veronica Garcia’s love of quilting may be new—she taught herself via YouTube videos at the beginning of the pandemic after buying a sewing machine to make 100 masks—but her love of sewing and giving away her creations as gifts has always been … Continue reading One Woman’s Journey to Sew a Connection to the Past
Each year, AAIC convenes the world’s leading basic science and clinical researchers, next generation investigators, and the dementia care research community. Continue reading The Latest in Research from this year’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference
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