My husband was at a conference all week, and I had a plan. I was going to paint the kitchen and put up a new light fixture. I sent a text to my friend CJ who lives in Michigan to ask if he thought I was capable of putting up a light fixture. CJ happens to be an electrician. He told me it shouldn’t be … Continue reading Issues in Identifying Dementialand (aka Why I Shouldn’t Be Left Home Alone)
We spend too much time thinking about what people can’t do rather than focusing on what they can do. And I am no exception. Sometimes I forget to look for the abilities and strengths of people with dementia. How blind can I be? Speaking of abilities…My friend Jen Eby is amazingly talented. She made me a beautiful quilt for Christmas. It matches the colors we … Continue reading Missed Potential in Dementialand
I was a little slow to the party, but I recently listened to the Serial podcast. It’s a spinoff of This American Life on NPR, in case you haven’t heard of it. If you haven’t listened to it but plan to, there really won’t be any spoilers contained here. Keep reading. It’s a series of twelve episodes that explores a 1999 murder case. A high … Continue reading Careers in Dementialand (Or What Serial Has to Do with Dementialand)
Question: Is Alzheimer’s the same thing as dementia? Answer: Alzheimer’s is to dementia….as chair is to furniture. Alzheimer’s is to dementia….as orange is to fruit. Alzheimer’s is to dementia….as beagle is to dog. You got that? If so, stop reading now. You won’t hurt my feelings. If that doesn’t make sense or you want to learn more, read on. Dementia is a set of symptoms. … Continue reading But Is Alzheimer’s the Same Thing As Dementia?