Author archive for Robert Elmer III

  • Brain Health and Your Diet

    By Robert Elmer III on February 14, 2021
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    I can imagine that the last word you want to hear about in these times of trying to stay loyal to your New Years resolutions is the “D” word or diet. That said, your diet can and does play an important role in brain health. I went to ALZ.org to learn more about diet and brain health and what I […]
  • More on Your Brain Health

    By Robert Elmer III on January 10, 2021
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    I couldn’t help but notice that my most recent article on helping you determine what was “Normal Age Related Memory Loss” or dementia related behavior, created a great deal of commentary from my readers. It was all positive and since this is the time that about 50% of the population makes New Year resolutions, I thought it would be appropriate […]
  • So How are YOU Doing?

    By Robert Elmer III on December 13, 2020
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    As you might expect, I receive a number of emails related to my work as an Alzheimer’s Care Specialist. Recently, I received a submission from The AARP that provided a quiz to help you to determine whether those senior moments were simply Normal Age Related Memory Loss (NARML) or a possible symptoms of early dementia. There were only 10 questions […]
  • The Holidays

    By Robert Elmer III on November 10, 2020
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    I have to confess that when the pandemic of 2020 broke out, my hopes were, that within a few weeks, all of this would be in our rear view mirror. I couldn’t imagine the impact it would have in our region, our country and the world. No Summer Fairs, no parades, no Summer Pops concert, businesses that have been with […]
  • The Right Doctor

    By Robert Elmer III on October 11, 2020
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    According to the The Alzheimer’s Association 2020 Facts and Figures Report (F&F report), in 2020 the total cost of caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is projected to reach 305 Billion dollars, that’s right billion. If that doesn’t give you pause, that number does NOT include the nearly 244 billon in unpaid caregiving by family and friends. Most […]
  • When Is It Time?

    By Robert Elmer III on September 13, 2020
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    Join the Journey- What to Do and When to Do It? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched or read about an informal at home caregiver of a loved one with dementia that “threw in the towel.” In spite of their best efforts, they finally realized that they could no longer meet the demands of caregiving. Believe me […]
  • Those Amazing Informal Caregivers

    By Robert Elmer III on August 9, 2020
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    According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2020 Facts and Figures Report, family members and friends provided nearly $244 billion in unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias last year. These individuals are blessings to their loved one(s). They’re dealing with another persons “health needs and well being.” This can include bathing, dressing, possibly feeding as well as shopping, […]
  • Is Alzheimer’s or Another Type of Dementia?

    By Robert Elmer III on July 12, 2020
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    During my years of lecturing, one of the facts that I always include in my presentations is that Alzheimer’s is dementia but dementia is not always Alzheimer’s. Although Alzheimer’s disease makes up anywhere from 60 to 80% of all dementia, thanks to the help from The Alzheimer’s Association 2020 Facts and Figures Report, today we’re going to explore some of […]
  • Why Join the Journey?

    By Robert Elmer III on June 14, 2020
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    It’s a Wednesday morning in the Assisted Living Community that I managed. There’s nothing exceptionally challenging on my agenda on this day and “God is in his heaven and all appears to be right with the world.” As I head down to one of our main activity rooms, I’m called into one of the suites by one of my residents. […]
  • No Time for Shame and Blame

    By Robert Elmer III on May 10, 2020
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    Recently, I was invited to work with a family on behalf of their father who had a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s dementia. Two sons and a daughter were all on board with wanting and needing to know more about what dad was going through, would be going through and what they would need to do to be prepared. After our introductions, […]