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Difficult But Crucial Conversations

Do you find yourself asking the following questions? Why is it so difficult for my spouse or my parent to make a decision? Is this a part of normal aging or could it be something else? What if I do not agree with the decision that my family member has made? Lauri Scharf, Care Consultant/Master Trainer at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, discussed these topics as well as about the best practices for making decisions in order to help an older loved one remain independent for as long as possible.

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By Lauri Scharf | 11/05/2020

What Does Dementia Look Like?

"My dad had lots of good days, days filled with laughter and conversations about his favorite memories of my childhood and his, days where he remembered many of the “little things” in my life that made me feel like he wasn’t aging at all. There were other days, though, when Dad was not as sharp. In fact, there were days when Dad really wasn’t Dad."

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By Lisa Weitzman | 10/15/2020

Building and Supporting Dementia-Inclusive Communities

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 50 million people are living with dementia worldwide. To combat the impact that dementia has on people living with the disease and their caregivers, the Dementia Friendly America initiative was launched to create communities where everyone could provide support and understanding to these individuals. The initiative aids the residents who are living with dementia and their caregivers in the community by raising public knowledge about the disease, supporting people living with dementia and their caregivers and connecting health systems with community-based organizations.

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By Sarah Nicolay | 10/15/2020

Orsulic-Jeras, S., Whitlatch, C. J., Powers, S., & Johnson, J. (2020). A dyadic perspective on assessment in Alzheimer’s dementia: Supporting both care partners across the disease continuum. Alzheimer’s Dement. https://doi.org/10.1002/trc2.12037

Simmons, T. (2020, July 14). 6 Ideas to Keep Your Loved One Engaged at Home During Covid-19. Guideposts. https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/aging-parents/6-ideas-to-keep-your-loved-one-engaged-at-home-during-covid-19