Allison is one of our incredible ALZ Companion interns. Each week, she spends four hours with Kira, who is living with dementia, so that Kira's family can take a break from caregiving. Keep reading to find out the important lesson Allison has learned since becoming an ALZ Companion.
As a social worker at Alzheimer’s San Diego, I have the privilege of helping families impacted by dementia. I am deeply affected by their stories, battles, and triumphs far beyond my working hours. I was recently listening to a podcast called “Cautionary Tales” and was struck by how the lessons of a historic shipwreck could apply to everyday life – and even dementia care.
When it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, many people only know what they’ve seen in movies or on TV. Some scenes do a fantastic job of portraying the challenges and realities of dementia, while others miss the mark and perpetuate common stereotypes. We got our Dementia Experts to grade some of Hollywood’s most famous depictions of the disease.
It can seem like there’s a new Alzheimer’s “breakthrough” almost every day. We sift through the headlines and pull together the relevant, reputable research updates for you. Here are 5 things you should know about Alzheimer’s and dementia research from the last month.