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What Does Dementia Look Like?

"My dad had lots of good days, days filled with laughter and conversations about his favorite memories of my childhood and his, days where he remembered many of the “little things” in my life that made me feel like he wasn’t aging at all. There were other days, though, when Dad was not as sharp. In fact, there were days when Dad really wasn’t Dad."

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By Lisa Weitzman | 10/15/2020

Building and Supporting Dementia-Inclusive Communities

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 50 million people are living with dementia worldwide. To combat the impact that dementia has on people living with the disease and their caregivers, the Dementia Friendly America initiative was launched to create communities where everyone could provide support and understanding to these individuals. The initiative aids the residents who are living with dementia and their caregivers in the community by raising public knowledge about the disease, supporting people living with dementia and their caregivers and connecting health systems with community-based organizations.

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By Sarah Nicolay | 10/15/2020

Understanding and Coping with Ambiguous Grief as a Caregiver

Loss is not an unfamiliar concept, as we all experience it in some form through relationships with people and changes in our health. Grief is described as a process that we go through to cope with, move through and move on from a significant loss. However, there is a type of loss and grief that caregivers experience that has its own unique properties.

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By Lauri Scharf | 10/15/2020

Ejaz, F. K., Rose, M., Reynolds, C., Bingle, C., Billa, D., & Kirsch, R. (2020). A Novel Intervention to Identify and Report Suspected Abuse in Older, Primary Care Patients. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 68, 1748–1754. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.16433

Orsulic-Jeras, S., Whitlatch, C. J., Powers, S., & Johnson, J. (2020). A dyadic perspective on assessment in Alzheimer’s dementia: Supporting both care partners across the disease continuum. Alzheimer’s Dement. https://doi.org/10.1002/trc2.12037