Purging the Caregiver’s “House” in the New Year, Kondo-style

You may have heard about the new craze in home organization, developed by Marie Kondo, an organizing consultant and international best-selling author of “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. Her book and new Netflix series are both dedicated to teaching folks how to declutter their homes, her philosophy being “keep only items that spark joy.” Sorting…

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A Change of Perspective

Written by Dr. Charles Edwards I recently read the book entitled Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, written by brothers Chip and Dan Heath. At first I was dismissive and (self-righteously) thought the authors should meet our Memory Center families if they wanted to catch a glimpse of people being faced with…

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A Gift Worth Giving

This holiday season give yourself the GIFT of making the most of celebrating with your loved one with dementia. G– Give your visitors the opportunity to spend time with your loved one by having an assigned “buddy” to guide your family member during a celebration. This is comforting, especially if the buddy uses a soft…

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Looking Beyond Retirement: Planning for the 4th Quarter

Many patients are faced with a challenging transition following retirement, and planning for this inevitable time in our lives is often overlooked. While most prepare financially for retirement, and many plan for the end of their life by filling out living wills, health care power of attorney paperwork, etc., little thought is often given to…

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Thrown For a Loop

Blowing out birthday candles while silently saying thanks for the last year of good health and wishing for another for those closest to us- that’s what I imagine many of us do every year. But this year things changed. We are facing a life-altering diagnosis in our family. The shock and fear that come with hearing a…

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Letting the Outside In

Finding outside caregivers for your loved one can be integral in helping to keep them living at home longer, or to provide more personal 1:1 care at a long term care center. This can take many forms- a volunteer from church coming to the house a few hours each week, a home health aide 5…

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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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The “Secret To Life” Elixir

Great news! The health food store down the street from you has just come out with an elixir, a potion, which they claim unlocks many of the mysteries of health. The claim… Drink 64 ounces of our “Elixer” every day and you will think more clearly, feel more energetic, lose weight, elminate constipation, reduce urinary urgency,…

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