Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Maria Shriver : A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's (Video)

This is important to families that have been touched by Alzheimer's disease.
A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's is an in-depth look at women and Alzheimer's with Maria Shriver and Ann O'Leary (Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress)....
Alzheimer’s is an epidemic. Every minute or so someone in this country will develop Alzheimer’s. Millions of people already have been formally diagnosed. Millions more are undiagnosed—or diagnosed with some form of dementia that could actually be Alzheimer’s. And with the 78 million baby boomers now moving into their later years, the cost of Alzheimer’s to American society is expected to be $20 trillion between now and the year 2050. That’s right—$20 trillion.

There’s no doubt about it. We are in the midst of a national emergency, and we’re woefully unprepared.
I am please to say that Maria Shriver described herself as an Alzheimer's Activist in the video below. Nothing is going to change if we sit back. We all need to become activists in the effort to increase research funding and care funding for Alzheimer's disease.
Watch the Video at the Alzheimer's Reading Room

Thursday, October 7, 2010

White House Conference on the Challenge of Alzheimer's Disease in the United States

The information contained in the video is valuable and important. This presentation leaves no doubt that Alzheimer's disease is a threat to our citizens, and a threat to the financial well being of our nation.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Reading, Engaging, and Communicating with an Alzheimer's Patient (Podcast)

By Bob DeMarco

Take the extra step. Walk the extra yard. Engage. Keep on living. Don’t be afraid to try things. Do things that you have always done together. Don’t let anyone discourage you or get in your way.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Dotty Wakes Up Tired but in a Good Mood (Audio)

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Front Row

My name is Bob DeMarco, I am an Alzheimer's caregiver. My mother Dorothy, now 94 years old, has Alzheimer's disease.

Listen to Dotty in the morning.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Alzheimer's World -- Nonverbal Communication and the Dimensions of Time

By Bob DeMarco

A few days ago I was watching a short video made by a television station about an Alzheimer's caregiver and her mother.

They shot the video in the home of the family.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Communications in Alzheimer's World

The most important part of the equation is understanding that something has to change and that something is you.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

In order to communicate effectively with someone suffering from Alzheimer's you need to learn an entirely new way to communicate. Sound easy? It isn't.

We all develop certain patterns of communication over the course of our life. This is the way we communicate.

Most of you probably know a family filled with hot blooded Italians. You might observe them fighting or arguing all the time. You might also notice that they do this, and then almost immediately they shrug it off, acting as if nothing had happen. I suspect this kind of behavior goes across ethnic boundaries.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Ten Caregiver Tips for Communicating with an Alzheimer's Patient

Do not argue with them. It gets you nowhere......
By Carole Larkin
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Ever feel like your loved one is ignoring you or that you just weren’t getting through to your loved one? Try some of these tips to see if they help.