A word we hear often today is that someone is ‘broken’. They’ve experienced a catastrophe, perhaps a betrayal, a bereavement, or something else that has left them heartbroken, feeling shattered and worthless.
As his wife holds him in his fights with dementia’s night terrors, Norm’s biggest fear is that he will injure and hurt her. He writes this post so that other caregivers like her will know that it’s the illness, and not the person, and that they are not alone.
Israeli scientists say that the BCG vaccine used to treat bladder cancer, may prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
How guarding your heart, physically and emotionally, can help prevent dementia
Visiting a Person with Dementia
Yesterday, Dr Jennifer Bute and I were interviewed for a Podcast that’s broadcast from America. (I’ll post the broadcast date when I have it.)This is a Podcast with a difference. It’s based on how stories influence the way people understand various issues in life – in this case, dementia. For instance, do we communicate well with people with dementia, by telling them a story? (It depends on the person and the stage of their dementia.) But we communicate with their care givers and families with stories very well – particularly true stories.
There are now an estimated 8.8 million adult carers in the UK, up from 6.3 million estimated in the 2011 census. That’s a huge increase in numbers. And they are seven times more likely to be lonely compared with the general public, new figures suggest.
There’s a story in the news today about a man whose who suffered life changing depression after being misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. It wasn’t an