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Early Alzheimer's disease: Living Day to Day

In this month’s Beacon we are going to focus on some of the basics of planning care on a day to day basis. Implementing these techniques one bit at a time has been shown to decrease problem behaviors and enhance quality of life.

Alzheimer's Caregivers give up food, medication, education, report says

With the rising number of people with Alzheimer’s, the burden on caregivers is growing. Mike and Patsy Boggs share their story of how Alzheimer’s is affecting their family and the hefty cost of the disease. Dr. Pierre Tariot explains that there needs to be a new national standard of care. 

Big Financial Costs Are Part Of Alzheimer's Toll On Families

Dr. Pierre Tariot weighs in on the financial impact of Alzheimer’s in NPR’s coverage of the latest Alzheimer's Association Facts & Figures Report.

Big Financial Costs Are Part Of Alzheimer's Toll On Families

Dr. Pierre Tariot weighs in on the financial impact of Alzheimer’s in NPR’s coverage of the latest Alzheimer's Association Facts & Figures Report.

Tempe launches effort to become first ‘Dementia Friendly’ city

Partnering with Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, the Dementia Friendly Tempe initiative will explore how Tempe can become a dementia friendly community and what can be done to improve opportunities and outcomes for people with dementia and their caregivers.

When it’s Not Alzheimer’s Disease

While Alzheimer’s disease (AD) accounts for 60 – 80% of all dementias, this means that 20-40% of those with cognitive, mood or behavioral symptoms will have another form of dementia. There are dozens of conditions that cause dementia. The differences in symptoms are caused by several things:  

Read Entire "The Hardest Test" series from the Arizona Daily Star

A series telling the story of how three siblings all had early-onset Alzheimer’s from a genetic mutation in their family.

Dementia Jargon Surrounding Diagnosis

There is a lot of “dementia jargon” used when a diagnosis is made and as the disease progresses. This article will define some of the most common terms you are likely to hear.

Ask The Expert: Communication and Alzheimer's

My mom has advanced dementia and is now residing in a memory care facility. I don’t think she knows who I am anymore and visits have become very hard for me and my family. We don’t know what to say to her or how to engage her in a meaningful way. I often walk away from the visits and wonder if it even matters if we visit any longer. But, then I feel awful for feeling that way because she was always there for me. As the holidays approach, it makes it even more difficult as so many memories include my mom who is here physically but isn’t present is other ways. What can I do to make visits better or should I simply step back and let time take its course?

The Gift of Presence

As we approach the holiday season, a time of gift-giving, it seems appropriate to reflect on the best offering we can give to those we love who have dementia – the gift of presence.