“The word ambiguous helped me understand what was going on. I’m still married to her, I love her but I don’t live with her. I’ve always been crazy about her and still am. She’s still looked after, but it is a huge loss for me. The ambiguity is exactly how I feel” - a male caregiver
“I thought this was a normal part of Alzheimer’s” – Glenda, Alzheimer Society client & caregiver for her husband One of the greatest misconceptions about old age is that the older you get the more confused you will become. Although your brain does age with the rest of your body, states such as severe confusion are not a part of healthy aging and should be further investigated and treated. Delirium and dementia are two causes of confusion in older adults
There has been a lot of media attention about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias lately. It goes to show just how many million lives dementia touches. It also goes to show that slowly, dementia is being talked about openly. While campaigns from local and regional Alzheimer Societies have helped bring dementia into the spotlight, to truly help people living with dementia get the care and support they are entitled to, we need a response from the collective society.
The long-awaited summertime season finally here. With it comes the anticipation of family trips, excursions with friends and (hopefully) plenty of time for sightseeing. For many individuals caring for someone with dementia however, vacations may seem out of the question as unfamiliar surroundings can trigger negative and even aggressive behaviours in the family member with the disease. Here are some suggestions for those traveling with someone with dementia, particularly if they are in the earlier stages, so that you can still enjoy all your summer travel plans with minimized stress.
The most important decision since diagnosis was joining the Alzheimer Society. The information and support have been amazing”- Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex client. Learning of a dementia diagnosis can be frightening and life altering. Caring for someone with dementia is physically and mentally exhausting. In either situation the fear, anger, frustration and isolation are just a few of the wide range of emotions you can experience. However the struggles you face are the same struggles others in similar circumstances deal with too.
The need for helpful and accurate information on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias has never been greater. Technological development over the last couple of decades, specifically the internet and the devices that can easily access the web has given us volumes of information, literally at our fingertips.
Well-known teacher and choral director Ken Fleet and his family have been named the Honouree Family for the 2015 Walk For Alzheimer’s. As the largest fundraising event for the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex, the Walk raises money to support programs and services delivered at no cost to people living with dementia.
The value of volunteerism is never more clearly seen than at our office. With almost 1200 active clients (2013-14 stats) who participate in the 30 programs delivered by the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex at no cost, we could not provide the level of service to our community without the dedicated work of our volunteers. From secondary and post-secondary students all the way to senior citizens, the work of our volunteers is not only invaluable but inspiring. To each and every one of them - we say, thank you!
January is Alzheimer Awareness Month in Canada and that means a number of media and awareness initiatives that you may (hopefully) have experienced in the news. If you haven’t, you’ve missed the main message of this year’s campaign and that message is an important one as it relates to the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on women. If you’ve already seen this information through whatever information source you use, I think the message is significant enough to have you examine and digest it again.
The Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex strives to provide programming that supports people with dementia and their caregivers through the dementia journey. In the fall of 2013 and in collaboration with the Community Service Learning Program at Western University, we piloted the “iPod Project”. The program is based on music appreciation for those with a diagnosis of Alzheimers disease or other dementia (ADOD).