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empty cartoon speech balloonHow to Talk to Someone With Alzheimer’s “I don’t think anyone’s ever won an argument with a person with Alzheimer’s,” says Ruth Drew, who worked as a counselor in a hospital’s geriatric psychiatric ward before becoming a director with the Alzheimer’s Association. “Everything you know about persuasion and logic you have to put on the shelf,” she says. –

pills spilling out of a bottle of medicineRisk for Dementia May Increase With Long-Term Use of Certain Medicines A new study suggests that people who take a class of common medicines called anticholinergic drugs for several years may be more likely to develop dementia as they age. –

portraits of a mother's dementiaA Daughter’s Portrait of Her Mother Through Dementia For the past year, the photographer Cheryle St. Onge has been taking pictures of her mother, who has vascular dementia. Beautiful. –

carol woods with childrenThe Quest Upstream A study worth keeping an eye on… Imagine a dementia-inclusive community; a place where each person’s uniqueness is valued, deep relationships flourish and differences are embraced. Imagine a dementia-inclusive community where each person’s perceptions and experience of the world, while often different than our own, are taken into account and honored.-

elderly woman alone in her bedroomOne Day Your Mind May Fade. At Least You’ll Have a Plan Dr. Barak Gaster, had spent three years working with specialists in geriatrics, neurology, palliative care, and psychiatry to come up with a five-page document that he calls a dementia-specific advance directive. – New York Times

The Memories Project Joy Johnston and her fatherThe Memories Project The Memories Project began as Joy Johnston’s tribute to her father who died in December 2011 from Alzheimer’s complications. In subsequent years, it has served as an advocacy tool for Alzheimer’s awareness and for increasing support for family caregivers.

senior woman kissing another's handRebecca Mead: New Ways to Care for People with Dementia An Arizona nursing home offers new ways to care for people with dementia. Beatitudes aims at offering dementia patients—“people who have trouble thinking”—a comfortable decline instead of imposing a medical model of care, which seeks to defer death through escalating interventions – The New Yorker

forget me not flowers16 Things I Would Want If I Get Dementia Honestly, there are many things that scare me much more than dementia does. Don’t get me wrong: dementia is a terrible group of diseases. I’ve been fortunate, however, to see many of the beautiful moments that people with dementia can experience. Just in case I do get dementia, I’ve written a list of rules I’d like to live by.  – The Alzheimers Reading Room