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The Alzheimer Waltz — Learning the Dance

Before Ann Farris became an Education Specialist with Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska (ARA), she was a caregiver to her mother, Marlene, who was living with Alzheimer’s disease. We think this story is as...
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A Tale of Two Families

Our story begins with two loving families growing up under different circumstances. It could be characterized as Aesop's Fable "Country Mouse and City Mouse", as their environmental circumstances led to opposite opportunities of...
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Tom and Peggie Iskra

Voices of the Last Frontier Chorus group is one of the actions we took to make her life easier and to help her journey through the next stages of her life. Peggie singing...
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A Day in the Life of a Caregiver

A Poem by Kathleen Neddeau Kathleen Neddeau is a caregiver currently caring for someone living with dementia. Not really feeling sorry for myself, But maybe overwhelmed. People don’t understand, It’s not so much...
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Gary Haag: Living his Best with Dementia

“The whole thing was confusing, it was a lot to take in. That first week I kept looking for things, looking and losing things all day long.” He was searching for these undefined...
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Sid & Sharon: A Love Story

Sharon and Sid applaud after participating in the November Voices of the Last Frontier concert. Anchorage, Alaska ©2019. Dave LaBelleSid and Sharon are members of the Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska choral group, Voices...
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Caring for Mom — a Caregiver interview

Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska education specialist Janice Downing had an opportunity to sit down with Veronica, who is a care partner for her mother, Marlene, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. .
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I have dementia, yet you likely would not know

Lyn Barela singing in the November 2019 Voices of the Last Frontier Chorus - Anchorage, Alaska, photo courtesy of Dave LaBelle ©2019 I have dementia, yet you likely would not know it as...
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Our conversations were changing, that’s when I knew that something wasn’t right

Valerie (right) and husband Ken (left) with dementia educator Teepa Snow (middle) posing for a photo after a dementia care workshop at Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska in Anchorage.My name is Valerie, I am...
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Living with Dementia and the Rhythm of Life

The human relationship to sound and rhythm starts early. In fact, even before you were born, you began to develop an auditory system. Already, you were in a world of sound: breath and...
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Care Coordination: Provides One Family Among Many with their “Posse”

Tiffany and “Jocie’s Posse” from Care Coordination of Alaska Provided Answers, Support and Encouragement. The relationships that develop among Care Coordination clients, their care coordinator and their family members often can be deeply...
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Grief Group

6-week Virtual GroupThursdays from 12-1 pm October 7 – November 11 Join for support around a death loss. Hospice of Anchorage will be providing Bearing the Unbearable by Joanne Cacciatore to all group...
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Comfort Pets Help Reduce Isolation for Any Alaskan Living with Alzheimer’s or Related Dementias

Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska is now providing a limited number of comfort pets at no cost to reduce social isolation for Alaskans. Are you worried about someone who is lonely and needs comfort?...
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Enhancing Well-Being with the Creative Arts

Art and creativity can improve our emotional well-being and open new ways of connecting with people living with dementia. We often discover hidden talents and abilities. Art Links participants creating art with watercolor...
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Rock Painting – Northern Lights

Rock painting is a fun activity that can create some stunning results. Here are a couple of ideas that we created for some inspiration! Supplies Acrylic paints in various colors – black, shades...
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CCRA’s Tess Staton dubbed “Get-it-done kind of woman”

Bobby was extremely frustrated and wasn’t sure how to proceed. I asked Bobby if he would like my assistance, which he gladly accepted. I have been working with Bobby as his care coordinator...
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Alaska Lupines & Fireweed

Lupines and Fireweed might as well be our State Flower. You can only catch them blooming in late June through July. The rest of the year we'll have to create our own: Supplies...
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Rock Painting – Abstract

Rock painting is a fun activity that can create some stunning results. Here are a couple of ideas that we created for some inspiration! Supplies Rock – clean and dryAcrylic paint – various...
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Abstract Art

This is a fun and easy activity that makes it easy for anyone to create an abstract masterpiece! Supplies White cardstock or watercolor paperPainters tape                                                                                                               Watercolors                                                                                                                                                 Directions Cut painters tape in different lengthsTape the painters...
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Art Links – The Benefits of Coloring

Coloring has the ability to relax the fear center of your brain by inducing a state similar to meditation, calming a restless mind. Coloring for adults has become very popular. There are adult coloring books...
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