Guest Post: Accepting a Diagnosis of Dementia

My mother-in-law’s diagnosis of dementia forever changed the lives of everyone in our family. I remember sitting with my husband in a row of metal chairs along the hallway in the medical facility while she was being examined by a geriatric neurologist. It seemed to take an eternity. Finally the doctor emerged from the scan … Continue reading Guest Post: Accepting a Diagnosis of Dementia

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For those of us who don’t love fundraising…

I am the first to admit that fundraising is not my strong suit. Which is exactly why I work on the programs and services team here at the Alzheimer's Association and not on the development team. But as I've said time and time again, it is going to take ALL of us working together AND … Continue reading For those of us who don’t love fundraising…

Being a Long-Distance Caregiver

“Something is wrong with mom!”  The realization is frightening no matter where you are, but especially when you live far away from a loved one exhibiting signs of dementia. What can you do when you live hours away and a phone conversation with your loved one turns into a confusing jumble of past conversations or … Continue reading Being a Long-Distance Caregiver

Staff Spotlight: Rebekah Davis

This is an interview with Rebekah Davis, who currently serves as the Program Director in the North Georgia Regional office of the Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter. Where did you grow up and where did you go to college? I grew up in Adairsville, GA. I graduated valedictorian from Adairsville High School. I earned a BS in … Continue reading Staff Spotlight: Rebekah Davis

Clinical Trials: Myths v/s Facts

There's a lot of confusion about why clinical trials are necessary to advance research and about who is needed to fulfill the roles of participant. Below we have shared some clinical trial myths and facts from our website:  http://www.alz.org/research/clinical_trials/myth_vs_fact.asp   . If you have additional questions about trials or want to get involved with our Trial … Continue reading Clinical Trials: Myths v/s Facts

5 Minutes to Bring Us 5 Steps Closer to a Cure

This month during Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month we are focusing especially on clinical trial participation since it is one of the really BIG ways that you can make a difference in this deadly disease. Many people aren't quite sure what clinical trials really are - perhaps images of scientists with test tubes come to … Continue reading 5 Minutes to Bring Us 5 Steps Closer to a Cure

What Can You Do About Alzheimer’s?

Every person who has loved someone with Alzheimer’s disease knows the toll the disease takes on the person living with the disease and the family. But, there IS hope. Our nation eradicated polio, we’ve invested in research for AIDS, heart disease and cancer and we’ve seen great returns. There are now survivors for each of these diseases and … Continue reading What Can You Do About Alzheimer’s?

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month!

  Have you heard?June is Alzheimer's &Brain Awareness Month. The Alzheimer's Association is asking people across the world to take the Purple Pledge and join the international conversation about Alzheimer's disease. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer's, the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. … Continue reading June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month!

Giving Care

I recently hosted two of my nieces, both with young babies.  While I marveled at what fine young women these two have become, I was also impressed with their mothering.  It’s a wonder to watch their patient, loving care of these very dependent little humans.  The countless interruptions, loss of sleep, and simply arranging one’s … Continue reading Giving Care

Framing a Masterpiece

In 2002 while serving as the Executive Director of a Nursing Home in Tennessee, I was asked by our Regional Vice President to add some decorative art to the hallways of this 203-bed nursing home. In response, I asked our Activities Director to initiate a painting class for the residents. She was reluctant at first, … Continue reading Framing a Masterpiece