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The Stigma of Dementia and Its Impact on Caregivers – Part II

Republished from Reitman Centre Team — originally published Dec 20, 2019 Hope found in dementia education and awareness This is the second part of our discussion about the impact of stigma around dementia....
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Raising Awareness about Dementia

Alaska has the fastest growing senior population in the nation, which means an increasing number of Alaskans are living with dementia. Our state needs to be prepared to address the needs of aging...
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The Stigma of Dementia and Its Impact on Caregivers – Part I

Republished from Reitman Centre Team — originally published Dec 17, 2019 As a Psychologist working with caregivers of people diagnosed with dementia, I often hear from my clients that they feel isolated and...
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Memory loss is not necessarily the first sign of dementia

We commonly assume that memory loss is the first sign one is developing dementia. But researchers are now suggesting that a different aspect of thinking called executive function may give the earliest indications...
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Brain Health as You Age

Reducing your risk of Alzheimer’s disease seems to boil down to one basic theme. Newspapers, magazines, the internet, and TV seem to be full of stories about ways to stay healthy, eat right,...
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Sharon’s Story: Caring for Jerry

"When you love someone with dementia, the goal is not perfection... it’s okay to be good enough." Husband Jerry and caregiver Sharon Story — Photo provided by Sharon Story Years ago, when I...
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Moments of Quiet Loss

1) It's not that she doesn't remember,but mindslips of quick forgetting,increasingly beset her between rising and dressing,finding and losingwanting and getting. 2) Not finding pieces of the sky to fit or knows the...
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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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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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