Tag Archives: memory

20 things to know if you love someone with dementia

My mother

Let’s face it. Sometimes it’s hard to love someone with dementia. My mother has Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia. After several years of providing progressively more care for her at home, about two years ago she moved into a lovely memory care facility. She used to be a rather formidable character to […]

Funny stories about forgetting. It’s uplifting (and healthy) to laugh!

Woman

A while ago, I wrote about a memory test you can take if you worried about forgetting things. The topic generated quite a few comments on social media. Because laughing is good for us (and our brains) I decided to revisit some of the funny stories that people shared. Some people took the memory test and were relieved. Mary: “OK, […]

Learning to live a full life when you have early stage Alzheimer’s disease

Dan and his dog

After cancer, Alzheimer’s disease is the second most feared disease in America. Right now, about 5.2 million people in this country are living with Alzheimer’s. Each year, the number grows. That’s because baby boomers continue to age and, in general, people are living longer. By 2025 — 10 years from now — it’s estimated that more […]

Forgetting things? Take this test to see if you need to worry about Alzheimer’s

Person taking SAGE test

Worried because you’re not young anymore and you’ve started forgetting more things than you used to? Why you left the room? Where you put your glasses? Whether you turned off the iron? A name? An appointment? Someone told me that as long as you realize you’ve forgotten something, you’re ok. It’s when you don’t even have […]

I Don’t Know What to Say to Mom

Man shrugging shoulders

Dementia changes how people experience and interact with the world around them. The way a person with dementia uses words often leaves family members and caregivers unsure how to respond. After years of being able to communicate interactively, and exchange information clearly, as dementia progresses this flow suddenly shifts. Initially, it may be an occasional […]