Archives for Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease: A Walk with My Mother

She still has far more sense than I will ever have. My mother. Who has Alzheimer’s disease. We decided that it was a lovely day for a walk along the ocean on Portland’s Eastern Promenade Trail. The sun was out. It was really warm. My mother reached into the closet for her fleece jacket. “Ma,” I said as brightly as the sun was shining. “It’s too warm for that jacket. How about something lighter?” “No,” she called over her shoulder with equal brightness. “I’m always cold when other people aren’t. This will be just right. Are you sure  you’ll be warm enough?”
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Categories: Alzheimer's/Dementia and Blog.

Alzheimer’s and the Jigsaw Puzzle

An 80-piece jigsaw puzzle. No problem for a 9-year-old. Bit of a challenge for an 86-year-old with Alzheimer’s. My mother loves puzzles. The lower shelf of her plant stand is filled with ones she bought just over the past year at yard sales and second hand stores. Boxes brimming with intricate, tiny pieces — 500, 1000, 2000. As soon as she got home, she’d sit down at her card table and, following the simple strategy she had perfected decades ago, began separating the edge pieces. She would start with gusto and intense concentration, but I think she only managed to
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Categories: Alzheimer's/Dementia and Blog.

The Holidays Aren’t What They Used to Be

I come from a big family — eight kids. We’re all adults now, with our own families and our own holiday traditions. But no matter how old you are, the traditions you grew up with are an important part of who you are. And so, if something interferes with the way things always were, it can be very unsettling. Before I go any further, let me introduce myself. My name is Diane Atwood and I have the privilege of writing the Advantage Home Care Blog.
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Categories: Alzheimer's/Dementia and Blog.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Consultant Darlene Field to speak at the Maine Senior Expo

Darlene Field, a well-known consultant and trainer will be presenting a 2 hour session entitled “Living with a Loved One with Dementia” at 11 am on Tuesday September 25th at the Maine Senior Expo being held at The Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport, Maine. Darlene is being sponsored by Advantage Home Care, who is also a sponsor for the fair. You can also visit the Advantage booth at the fair to sign up for a drawing for a gift certificate from LL Bean and also learn how we can help you and your loved one manage the challenges of living
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