Caught by surprise… twice

Earlier this year, a long-time patient moved out of his home and into a memory care facility. It was a good decision. The right move at that stage in his illness. He is in a safe, secure and caring environment as he could no longer live safely at home. But at the clinic something surprised…

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TAKE CHARGE… of your medications

How many people routinely pay $3 for a bottle of water at the grocery store for “healthier-than-tap” water, avoid the pesticides in nonorganic blueberries for fear of cancer, and carry antibacterial gel in their purse to steer clear of the germs on grocery cart handlebars? But for some reason, when it comes to placing a…

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Perceptions

A young man was referred to us this week and his story and subsequent evaluation and treatment changed my perspective forever. It highlighted that all of us who care for patients with memory challenges should begin with placing ourselves inside the mind of the patient and to help us understand that the world they perceive is not always the…

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Caregiver Quandary #1 – Dementia and Mealtimes

This is the first in a series of blog posts that discuss issues families of patients with dementia find challenging every day. All identifying information has been changed. Recently we met Fred, 74, a retired lawyer, and his wife Carol, a 72-year old former teacher recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s dementia and they are still adjusting to…

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Caregiver Connections Education Series – Mark Your Calendar!

Dear Memory Center Families, You are invited to attend our caregiver education and support series, entitled Caregiver Connections. The family is an integral part of your loved one’s care team and we are excited to bring you vital information that will not only be useful, but empowering. It is our desire at Memory Center Charlotte…

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8 New Year’s Resolutions for Caregivers

2015 has arrived. It’s been a long, challenging 2014 full of ups and downs. Forget the trendy resolutions such as losing 10 pounds and cleaning out the junk drawer- those can be put on the back burner for now. As a caregiver of someone with memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, you have a unique…

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Holiday Thoughts for Caregivers

The holidays are family times full of memories and traditions for multiple generations. Patients with memory challenges are perfectly capable of enjoying holiday festivities and many of their fondest preserved memories are surrounding the holidays. A few suggestions to hopefully make these festivities fun for everyone: 1)   Older relatives become anxious in the presence of…

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