Our support group has been a source of comfort, education, escape, connection and purpose. After the passing of her husband, one of the members speculated that she didn't know who she was anymore. "I'm not a caregiver, an advocate or a wife. I've lost my identity. Where do I go to find me again at this stage of life?"
This month, we celebrated the Super Bowl and saw a lovely commercial from Google about memory loss. But there is a trend being carefully examined that puts the NFL in the hot seat. It is responsible for over 200 cases reported in tackle football affecting many retired NFL players, including Aaron Hernandez and San Diego’s own Junior Seau.
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.
As a dementia caregiver, it can be difficult and hurtful when your person lashes out. But it's important to recognize their behavior may be a symptom of the disease changing their brain.
As wonderful as the holidays can be, they can also bring some added stress, especially for caregivers. But by making some small, thoughtful changes, you can help ensure both the person living with dementia and the entire family have a wonderful time.
Every ALZ Companion volunteer plays an important role in giving local families and caregivers a much-needed break. We are so grateful for them and love to share stories like Beth's. Beth first heard about the program through her school and was paired with Inocencia who is in the later stages of the disease. Beth loves her weekly visits and continues to find ways to connect.
Thank you to everyone who came to our annual Holiday Open House on December 3rd! Check out photos from the party at the link.