Music & Memory: The Power of Music

Do you have a favorite song that you hum in your head? Can you remember the song that was played at your wedding? What was one of your favorite songs growing up in high school? These are the first questions I pose to my clients; many of whom have suffered strokes, brain trauma, and have become confined by dementia. Music is a profoundly powerful tool- to the delight of loved ones the music playlists I

Memory Loss vs. Forgetfulness: How to Recognize the Difference

Here are some signs to look for when assessing whether or not your parent might be having a significant decline in their memory. If your mom and dad are advancing in years, chances are you’ve noticed some changes in their memory, like not remembering where they parked or forgetting to grab eggs at the grocery store. But where’s the line between “this is a normal part of aging” and “dad may need help”? Here are

Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

It’s very difficult when your loved one has been diagnosed with Dementia because there are so many questions surrounding that news. And now you find yourself in the position of caregiver which can be difficult and overwhelming especially if you’re still working and have a family. One of the most important things to remember is you’re not alone. In 2017, 16 million caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia’s provided an estimated

Conflict & Family Caregivers – What You Need to Know

Conflict is a normal, natural part of everyone’s life. Factors that can exacerbate conflict include the well-known things to avoid in polite conversation: religion, politics and money. For families, these big three topics quickly trigger emotions that can be difficult to defuse and when things go awry the aftermath can be felt for decades. According to a May 2018 AARP article “Millennials: The Emerging Generation of Family Caregivers,” there are 40 million family caregivers in

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and affects 5.7 million Americans. This devastating and debilitating disease is the ultimate thief of memories, independence, control, time, and, ultimately, life. The disease is often dealt with in silence. Those facing the disease feel a stigma surrounding their diagnosis and often don’t seek the support they need. At the Alzheimer’s Association, we hear from individuals daily that they “feel alone.” Family and

Do What You Love On The Longest Day

The Longest Day is all about love. Love for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. On the summer solstice, June 21, 2018, participants will team up to do an activity they love – or an activity loved by those affected – to help end Alzheimer’s. What people do on The Longest Day is up to them! This is a way to honor someone living or lost to the disease by selecting one of their favorite