Monthly Archives July 2013

Caregivers: Take a Moment Just for You

As Sid Halligan slipped deeper and deeper into Alzheimer’s disease, his wife Ginny realized that if she wasn’t careful, she might lose her own identity. He was 73 when they got the diagnosis, and 82 when he died last January. Until the last five months of his life, which he spent in a nursing home, Ginny took care of her husband at home.
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Categories: Alzheimer's/Dementia and Blog.

Memory Cafes Offer Socialization Opportunities for People with Memory Loss

One of the biggest challenges for people diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is the loss of opportunities to socialize with others. The diagnosis often brings a loss of old friendships and isolation. The good news is that there are now opportunities for those diagnosed with these conditions and their family members to meet casually with others having the diagnosis at the new Memory Cafes opening around greater Portland and the rest of the state. At the Memory Cafe attendees can feel safe, share their stories and concerns and get information that will be helpful as they navigate life with
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Categories: Recent News & Updates.

Alzheimer’s: How to Make Mealtimes Easier

My mother, who has Alzheimer’s, loves chocolate. She always has, as far back as I can remember. She would never buy herself just one chocolate bar, opting for the entire box instead. She went through phases. For a long time, it was Hershey Bars, which she liked to eat soft and nearly melted. When she switched to Peanut Butter Cups, she preferred them icy cold from the freezer. These days my mother’s chocolate of choice is Kit Kat Bars, and beware the wrath of Beverly if you deny her that pleasure. We tried. That was before we had come to
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Categories: Alzheimer's/Dementia and Blog.