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 Tuesday November 29, 2011 - Issue #62

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Eric J. Hall

Eric J. Hall is the president and founding chief executive officer of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), headquartered in New York City. Mr. Hall spearheaded the development of AFA, a national nonprofit organization, to improve the quality of care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and so that organizations from coast-to-coast could speak as one voice to advocate for optimal care and to enhance local support services. Under Mr. Hall’s vision and leadership, AFA unites more than 1,600 member organizations and associate member organizations in the United States.

Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg recently spoke with him about his work with the foundation.

Gary Barg:  What is the mission of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America?

Eric Hall:  At the time that I established the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America back in February of 2002, there was an enormous amount of discussion around a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and I, like everyone else, hope that there is a cure; that there is something that is disease-modifying that comes down the pike which will make Alzheimer’s disease a non-issue...continued

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Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Holiday, Gifts and Stress

By  Jude Roberts, Staff Writer

Even if you’re not a caregiver, the threat of the holidays being right around the corner strikes instant fear, terror and major stress into the hearts of almost everyone. However, there is hope for caregivers to enjoy the holiday season and still make it a special time for their loved one as well. The key is to pace yourself, as well as to help your loved one do the same,...continued

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Guest Column

Remembering Mimi and Learning
How to  Balance Life
By Sheryl Leary

Sometimes we can look to our past to learn how to find the balance we seek in our present lives. Our memories should be treasured and also viewed as shaping and touching our lives today.

Mimi was my great-grandmother. She lived with my family until I was in the third grade. Mimi would get me off the bus from kindergarten and prepare my lunch for me...continued


Activities For People With Dementia
By  Jennifer Buckley

It is universally recognized that elderly people with dementia lose their short term memory first and their long term memory last. For example, they often remember people and events from their earlier years, but have difficulty remembering what they ate for breakfast the day before...continued

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Help! My mom has lived with me for eight years. She has "severe dementia" now. In the past three weeks, she has started going to the bathroom (urinating and bowel moving) at least 25 times a day. She has a lot of bowel accidents and it makes a huge mess several times a day. We use incontinence underwear. Mom is blind in one eye and can't see well in the other eye. She can't hear well, but can hear. We have to scrub her hands with a brush after every bowel movement if she gets there before I do. I AM COMPLETELY WORN OUT. Is it normal for "severe dementia" patients to go to the bathroom 25 times a day?


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Eric J. Hall

Feature Article
Holiday, Gifts and Stress

Guest Column
Remembering Mimi and Learning How to  Balance Life

Activities For People With Dementia


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