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When we know someone, either personally or professionally, who is trying to sort out their experience of loving someone with dementia, a little insight can go a long way...
I just read an inspiring story about a pair of newlyweds from Florida. The couple leads an interesting, carefree, and active life in a variety of ways including travel, hobbies, and political activism, to name a few.
It’s a universal human desire – we want to live as long as we have good quality of life. When our time draws near, we want to be consulted so we can die as we wish and not be a burden to our families.
Humans are hardwired to love stories; some of our favorites come from our grandparents. If you’ve ever wished your grandparents had written down their life stories, start writing yours. And if your parents are still around, help them write theirs. It may sound daunting – putting a whole lifetime on paper – but a fresh new crop of books make it easy and fun.
Degenerative brain disease is the sixth leading cause of death in America, and the only one of the top 10 causes that can’t be prevented or cured. But all is not lost. Numerous studies show that by adopting certain lifestyle habits we can significantly reduce our risk of developing dementia.Reader’s Digest teamed with the Alzheimer’s Association to survey 1,600 people about their brain health and knowledge of how lifestyle habits affect cognitive decline and dementia.
Deborah Richman is the Vice President, Education and Outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota. She is certified as an Activity Consultant/Educator with the National Certification Council of Activity Professionals (NCCAP) and is certified by the Alzheimer’s Association to offer Foundations of Dementia Care.
Dr. Josh Luke is a best-selling author, healthcare futurist, thought-leader and international motivational speaker. He is an experienced hospital CEO, health system Vice President and nursing home administrator. He is regarded as a “futurist” on the Affordable Care Act and how it will shape the continuum of care.