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    Interpreting puzzling behavior

    Posted 01/21/2021 by Fallon Health

    People living with dementia perceive their surroundings differently—and their perceptions can result in behavior that caregivers sometimes find hard to interpret.

    “If there’s someone in your life who is living with dementia, looking at their environment through their eyes may give you a better sense of how they feel and why they feel that way,” says Heather Dobbert, a Fallon Health Memory Specialist. “That can make a big difference in your ability to respond to how they’re acting."

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    The value of early dementia diagnosis

    Posted 11/05/2020 by Fallon Health

    Even though a cure for dementia remains elusive, Memory Specialist Heather Dobbert always advises talking with a doctor if you think your loved one may be having symptoms. "There's so much to be gained by having a medical evaluation and discovering the specific reason for the symptoms," she says.

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    Music program brings care partners closer even in a socially distant world

    Posted 08/27/2020 by Fallon Health

    As part of the Shared Voices choir, people living with early-stage dementia and their caregivers sing together in a fun, stress-free group. It's a good way to take time to appreciate each other’s company—while also developing friendships with people going through similar challenges.

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  • When you see changes and worry about dementia

    Posted 03/17/2020 by Fallon Health

    When you notice memory lapses, behavior changes, confusion, poor judgement or a decline in driving ability in someone you care about, it can be alarming. And confusing. How do you know if a forgotten conversation is a sign of dementia, normal age-related change, stress or something else?

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  • Professor describes how being a caregiver for his wife changed him

    Posted 12/16/2019 by Fallon Health

    Dr. Arthur Kleinman, a Harvard University professor, cared for his wife Joan for 11 years, as she struggled with a rare form of early Alzheimer's disease. He thought he was prepared and knowledgeable, yet he still struggled.

    "[Caregivers] endure, we learn how to endure, how to keep going. We’re marked, we’re injured, we’re wounded," he says. "We’re changed … [in] my case, for the better."

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    How caregiving changes relationships

    Posted 09/10/2019 by Fallon Health

    Long-established relationships can change quickly when dementia becomes a factor. Dr. Brenda King describes one couple's experience and gives tips for recognizing and adapting to dementia-related changes.

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    How to use music to help a loved one with dementia

    Posted 06/11/2019 by Fallon Health

    Music can be a powerful tool for those taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Try these tips for using it to reduce agitation and anxiety, increase lucidity and enable your loved one to communicate with you more clearly for a short period.

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    Reconnect to someone with dementia through the power of music

    Posted 04/23/2019 by Fallon Health

    As a caregiver, you can take advantage of the power of music to help your loved one generate more enthusiasm for life or a sense of calm. Music’s effects don’t last forever, but you may find that it can “light up” your loved one for a little while. 

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