Dimensions of Dementia

Marco’s Dementia Respite Program Begins


Submitted Photos Before my husband Tom and I moved to Marco Island in 2010, we were snowbirds living in Pennsylvania most of the year. When Tom’s Alzheimer’s progressed to the moderate stage, he attended a day care program thirty-five minutes from home. One facet of the decision to move to Marco Island permanently was the availability of an island day […]

Experts Give Tips on Brain Health


Volunteers are needed for the dementia respite program to begin in November at St. Mark’s Church, Marco Island. Volunteers chosen will work with dementia participants in all of their activities from 10 AM to 3 PM on either Mondays or Wednesdays. Please contact Marna Barany, Manager of Volunteer Services at the Naples Senior Center for an interview at mbarany@jfcsswfl.org or […]

The End of Alzheimer’s Book Gives Hope


After cleaning up from Irma, you may have time to sit down and pick up a new book, “The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Dementia” by Dale E. Bredesen, M.D. The title’s claim is bold. Prevent and reverse Alzheimer’s when so many clinical trials have failed to find a cure! I was skeptical, but purchased […]

Play Games For a Fit Brain


On a recent trip to my hometown I visited with both my ninety-two-year-old aunt and a long-time friend. What they had in common was dementia. In my aunt’s case, the dementia was initially evident fifteen years ago after a mini-stroke. While in good physical health, she constantly repeats her conversation. With my eighty-year-old friend, the memory loss is still subtle, […]

Jim Nantz and Others Speak Up For Alzheimer’s


Recently, Charlie Rose interviewed Jim Nantz, an award-winning sportscaster about his advocacy role in raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. I missed the show but watched the video online (charlierose.com/videos/30494?autoplay=true). Nantz spoke from personal experience about the importance of raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and the need for a prevention or cure. He told of his dad, also Jim Nantz, who […]

Family’s Early Onset Alzheimer’s Helps Research

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Perhaps you are part of a large family with siblings. You keep in touch: phone calls, emails, Facebook pictures, and maybe get together for family vacations or reunions. You enjoy each other’s company most of the time. They’re family. They are there for you when you need someone to talk with. They have your back. […]

Clinical Trials – Hope for a Cure

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Alzheimer’s disease is probably high on our list of something we don’t want to experience for ourselves or for a loved one. Yet some of us are or have been caregivers. Some of us may have memory loss and are worried about getting worse. Whatever our situation, if past midlife, you’re probably hoping for a […]

Start Planning Today for Future Care

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway The beginning of a new year is a good time to think about getting organized in the legal and financial areas. So when looking for a program for our Alzheimer’s Association memory loss/caregiver support group on Marco Island, I thought about elder law. As a long-distance caregiver for my mother with Alzheimer’s in the late […]

Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Have you ever read a really interesting book on Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving that is also a couple’s love story? I’ve just finished one, “Before I Forget,” by B. Smith and Dan Gasby, a 2016 publication. They tell us what frustrates them, why they get angry and where they find joy. It feels as though […]

Give the Ultimate Gift – Your Brain

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway The giving of gifts is something many of us think about in December, whether we celebrate St. Nicholas Day, Hanukkah, or Christmas. We might make lists: jewelry for daughters, grand-daughters, wives, T-shirts or socks for our sons, grandsons, husbands, and books for parents, aunts, and uncles. For year-end giving to our favorite charity we might […]

Category Pages are limited to 365 days. Please use the archive page or the search box to find older articles.