A common question we hear at the Alzheimer Society is one that involves the confusion over Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Aren’t they the same? Is one worse than the other? What is the difference?
If you believe 2012 doomsday theorists, the earth as we know it will end in 4 days on December 21, 2012. Whether it is from the end of the Mayan calendar or some incredible planetary collision, life on earth will end. Television movies depicting the end play over and over again. The news captures religious fanatics holding their signs high to “repent.” It has made me pause and wonder. I do not believe in 2012 doomsday. I believe God has his own agenda.
By Mary Beth Wighton, Person with Dementia Date: 2012-12-14 I love tradition. I come from and am part of a family of traditions. Growing up, holidays were always a time of making the same yummy recipes, putting up the same Christmas tree, visiting the same people, telling the same funny stories, and putting up the same homemade Christmas stockings for Santa to fill. As I grew older, I took with me many of these traditions and eventually introduced them to my own family. One of my favourite tradition is decorating our Christmas tree. Eight years ago, when we celebrated our first family Christmas together, we began the tradition of going to a local tree farm to buy our Christmas tree.
I Have What? September 5th, 2012, 9:00 a.m. St. Mary's Hospital, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. As I drove us to the 9:00 a.m. meeting with Dr. Didyk from Geriatrician, many thoughts ran through my head. Here we go, another appointment with another doctor. One more stupid test. I hate when they ask me to write down the clock time because I know what time it is. I'm looking forward to my Timmy's coffee.
While the holidays can be a time of celebration, the holiday season can also be overwhelmingly stressful if you are a person with dementia or a caregiver. The festivities of the season many times involve visiting unfamiliar places, large groups of people, noise and a hectic pace all of which can increase anxiety for those with the disease. Whether the person you’re caring for lives at home or in long-term care, sticking to a regular routine will minimize stress. Keeping things simple and cherishing the time with family will make the holiday period enjoyable and meaningful for everyone involved.