• 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 […]
  • Frontal Temporal Dementia

    By Robert Elmer III on May 28, 2019
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    Dementia is a symptom not a diagnosis. With that said, I’ll remind you that Alzheimer’s is dementia but dementia is not always Alzheimer’s. When giving my talks throughout New England, I’m often asked by an attendee if they can expect to develop dementia because one of their relatives was diagnosed. I’m afraid I don’t have that answer but I can […]
  • Tips To Better Communicate

    By Robert Elmer III on May 12, 2019
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    Informal caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias often bring up the challenges they have trying to communicate with their loved ones. Most don’t understand that many suffer from expressive aphasia which means they simply can’t find the words they’re looking for when trying to converse. What makes matters worse is that they may also suffer from receptive aphasia […]
  • Communication

    By Robert Elmer III on April 24, 2019
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    I’m sure many of you remember the famous line from the movie “Cool Hand Luke,” “What we have here, is a failure to communicate.” I wonder how many times a day we are failing to communicate with our loved ones with dementia and how many times a day they fail to effectively communicate with us.   Good communication is going […]
  • Back to the Basics.

    By Robert Elmer III on March 10, 2019
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    Every once in a while, I’m reminded of why I do what I do by the people I’m doing it for. I’m guilty of occasionally forgetting that there are those in the caregiving journey of a loved one with Alzheimer’s, or some other dementia, that really have no clue what they’re dealing with or how to deal with it.  When […]
  • Bringing Them Back from “The Dark Place.”

    By Robert Elmer III on February 10, 2019
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    As the facilitator of an Alzheimer’s Support group, you can’t imagine some of the situations and circumstances that have been shared in our sessions. Then again, if you’re an informal caregiver of a loved one or a formal caregiver of loved ones with Alzheimer’s dementia (AD) you probably can. What’s that saying? You’re living the dream.  Many of those situations […]
  • Children: Another Helpful Resource

    By Robert Elmer III on January 13, 2019
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    For some time now, I’ve advocated that primary caregivers take advantage of all the resources that are available to them. With that said, how many of you have considered making your children part of the caregiving plan? It’s a better idea than you might think. In an article from U.S. News that I received from The National Alliance for Caregiving, […]
  • Explore Your Options Sooner Than Later

    By Robert Elmer III on December 9, 2018
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      Mom is in her 80’s with mid-stage Alzheimer’s dementia. Dad, also an octogenarian, is doing a great job of caring for her but now he’s using a “walker” to keep himself out of trouble. She can be a very busy woman, depending on the day, and the writing is on the wall. Last year some work needed to be […]
  • Celebratory Overload? Be Careful…

    By Robert Elmer III on November 11, 2018
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    I’m sure it’s the same everywhere but for some reason the Holiday season in New England is very special for me, magical if you will.  From the wonderful Thanksgivings that we’ve hosted, surrounded by our two incredible daughters, their husbands and three beautiful granddaughters, to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and all that happens in between, it’s something I look […]