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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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