Author archive for Robert Elmer III

  • Helpful Tips for Caregivers

    By Robert Elmer III on March 21, 2020
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    I do a great deal of lecturing and training to a number of individuals from all walks of life. Many are informal, at home, caregivers while others may be professional caregivers like Nurses and yes, doctors, as well as those who simply want to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease “just in case.” I’m aware that many may already have a […]
  • Celebrations and Holidays

    By Robert Elmer III on March 21, 2020
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    As is my custom this time of year, I make it a point to remind everyone that is in the Alzheimer’s caregiving role how important it is to be prepared for the Holidays. The truth be told, the things I’m going to be sharing with you today you can use year around whenever a big gathering is on the agenda. […]
  • A Wolf By The Ears?

    By Robert Elmer III on March 21, 2020
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    It was Thomas Jefferson that said, “slavery is like having a wolf by the ears; you don’t like it much but you don’t dare let go.” Experience has taught me that there are many of you out there that feel the same way about care giving. There are over 40 million unpaid caregivers in this country and as I have […]
  • Facts and Stats

    By Robert Elmer III on March 21, 2020
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    Every year, the Alzheimer’s Association releases a report on the impact of Alzheimer’s dementia in this country. As you would expect, the information it contains is compelling . As I work regularly with formal and informal caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia, I was drawn to the section of the report that deals with them specifically. Although I […]
  • Dealing with Driving

    By Robert Elmer III on March 21, 2020
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    Like the subjects covered on a t.v. or radio talk show, many of the topics I write about in these articles are issue driven. This installment is no exception as the recent stories of local elderly drivers going the wrong way on entry ramps to the Interstate suggested it was time to revisit the topic of giving up the car […]
  • Phases of Cognitive Decline

    By Robert Elmer III on October 13, 2019
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    Through the graciousness of my local book store I was recently invited, along with one other author, to do a talk about my book at the local library. We were allowed to take questions and I was asked by one of the attendees if I thought she was on the “road to dementia.” Apparently she was having those occasional and […]
  • What’s Good for the Heart is Good for the Brain.

    By Robert Elmer III on September 8, 2019
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    I make it a point to subscribe to online reports and newsletters and to check the Alzheimer’s Association’s site, alz.org, to stay on top of what’s happening in all aspects of this field of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. As many know, the culprits that are doing the most damage to your brain, if you have Alzheimer’s disease, are “plaques” that […]
  • No More Driving!

    By Robert Elmer III on August 11, 2019
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    It’s a Saturday morning and my wife and I are out doing our usual run of errands. We’re checking out of one of the better known big box stores when suddenly everyone hears a gentleman yelling at the top of his lungs, “Call 911!, Call 911!”  This certainly caught my attention and I immediately went outside to see what had […]
  • Behaviors and Unmet Needs

    By Robert Elmer III on July 14, 2019
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    In past installments, we’ve covered the topic of behaviors but haven’t focused on specific behaviors. That is our mission today because a number of you have reached out to me to learn more. Always remember that Alzheimer’s and other dementias can affect the following skills and abilities: memory, vision, language, movement, doing tasks with multiple steps, control of emotions, and […]
  • Oh Those Behaviors!

    By Robert Elmer III on June 9, 2019
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    I was watching television one evening when I came upon a movie called “The Accountant.” It starred  Ben Affleck as a high functioning autistic man that has a number of special gifts including a bit of a dark side to say the least. You first meet his character as a young boy and learn very quickly his father is not […]