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Family Caregiver Conference: A Loving Approach to Dementia Care

April 19, 2013

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Join BrightStar of Downtown Houston, Sheltering Arms Senior Services and the Alzheimer’s Association for “A Loving Approach To Dementia Care.”  Laura Wayman, Nationally known speaker, trainer and author Laura Wayman will be presenting. In this special Family Caregiver Conference, learn how you can: Become a better, more nurturing caregiver Make meaningful connections with the dementia […]

Memory Loss In Seniors: What’s Normal? | downtown-houston

February 15, 2013

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How can you tell if forgetfulness is the result of normal age-related memory changes or if it’s the result of something more? This is a very important distinction to make, and the earlier the better. In addition to consulting with your physician, here are 10 common symptoms of Alzheimer’s to guide you: Difficulty performing familiar tasks – People […]

How to fight depression as a caregiver – take charge. | downtown-houston

January 14, 2013

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A recent study found that there was less depression among dementia caregivers with similar characteristics. They found fewer depressive symptoms in caregivers with higher levels of education larger social support networks fewer health problems greater likelihood of using problem-focused coping and less likelihood of wishful thinking those taking care of dementia patients with fewer behavioral […]

10 Strategies for Dementia Caregiving | downtown-houston

January 13, 2013

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In 2006 the Greater Iowa Chapter Alzheimer’s Association published 10 real life strategies for dementia caregiving. Caregivers often use intuition to help decide what to do. Unfortunately, dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is counter-intuitive.  Often the right thing to do is exactly opposite of  that which seems like the right thing to do. […]

Alzheimer’s Disease: Early Diagnosis is Important

January 7, 2013

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Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive brain disorder that usually appears after age 65 but can begin in the 30s or 40s. The disease causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior that are serious enough to interfere with everyday life. Currently there is no cure for Alzheimer’s but sometimes it can be slowed down. This disease […]

“Alternate reality” and dementia patients

December 17, 2012

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All of us have a reality that we perceive and it generally agrees with the reality that others perceive,  this allows us to live together in a society.  But, what happens when our reality becomes out of step with the rest of the population?  This is a situation we generally leave to police and medical professionals. At […]

Dementia and Quality of Life | downtown-houston

December 11, 2012

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There has been a consistent body of evidence that cognitive stimulation therapy improves cognitive function in those with dementia.  There is now evidence that this therapy can result in improvements in the quality of life and communication, over and above any medication effects, for mild to moderate dementia patients. (Woods B, Aguirre E, Spector AE, Orrell M, […]