ElderCarelink Blog

9/21: Wear purple for World Alzheimer’s Day

by Carol Bursack
September 20th, 2011 at 9:00 am

The Alzheimer’s Association is highlighting World Alzheimer’s Day by asking everyone to wear purple on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Purple is the worldwide color designated for Alzheimer’s awareness. From the Alzheimer’s Association site, you can change your Facebook icon to an Alzheimer’s awareness graphic or purchase awareness products. You can also join sponsored walks to raise both money and awareness. If you are inclined to become locally active, you can coordinate your own Alzheimer’s fundraiser by joining forces with your local Alzheimer’s organization.

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Ask Leeza Gibbons about Alzheimer’s Disease

by Judy Kirkwood
September 19th, 2011 at 10:02 am

I have had the pleasure of interviewing Leeza Gibbons–former Entertainment Tonight host and current co-host of a new syndicated news magazine, America Now–several times. Prompted by her mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease when she was only 63 (she passed away at age 72 in 2008), Gibbons was galvanized to become a passionate activist, co-authoring Take Your Oxygen First: Protecting Your Health and Happiness While Caring for a Loved One with Memory Loss.

On Tuesday, September 20, 2011, you can ask Leeza and Alzheimer’s expert Dr. James Galvin questions during Conversations in Caregiving, a live 90-minute webcast beginning at 8 PM ET (5 PM PT) or submit questions earlier at AlzheimersDisease.com.

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A sentimental day: birthdays without mom

by Judy Kirkwood
September 2nd, 2011 at 9:34 am

September is the perfect time for new beginnings because with Labor Day comes my birthday, always a time to look ahead. But this year I’m looking back. This year Mom is not here.

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Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Foundation of America offer unique help

by Carol Bursack
July 6th, 2011 at 11:58 am

The Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America are organizations that help people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers receive education and support throughout the Alzheimer’s journey. Both, of course, champion ongoing hope that through research, the disease will one day be conquered.

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Creating a meaningful nursing home visit

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
May 23rd, 2011 at 10:44 am

Visiting a loved one in a nursing home can mean a lot. How often have you heard a friend or family member express concern about going alone? When older adults have problems with hearing, vision, speech or memory, there may even be more of a reluctance to visit. The Ideas Institute created an informative booklet–”IDEAS for A Better Visit”–to help people have a more enjoyable visit with a friend or family member who is living in a long-term care facility.

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