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The important thing in communication…

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't being said.

Peter F. Drucker
This is so true for understanding with people with dementiaDementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia…. More. We need to be aware of their body language so we can see what we don’t hear. We have to watch for subtle responses. These subtle responses (tone of voice, posture, or where the person is looking) can even contradict what they…

Field Trip

We went to visit my Mom on Sunday. She lives in a family group home about 35- 45 minutes away depending on who is driving. She is always happy to see us when we walk in the door. Does not know our names but knows we are “her people “.  Hugs and laughter abound.  We had decided to take her out on a field trip. Checked with the owner and she said Mom had just gone to the bathroom. Good.  Mondy (my husband ) was driving and Grace and I were in the back seat. Mom just started laughing…
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My Pal Alz

By Larry L. Hamilton  KAREN STOBBE asked me to write about my experience with Alzheimer’s DiseaseA progressive, degenerative form of dementia that causes severe intellectual deterioration. The first symptoms are impaired memory, followed by impaired thought and speech, an inability to care for oneself and, eventually, death. Onset can be associated with or preceded by depression…. More with the idea that I might be able to help newcomers to the disease “get prepared” for what comes next. People who have known me for a long time know that I love to talk, and probably some of them tried to…