Dimensions of Dementia

Tips to Reduce Wandering

Dimensions of Dementia

If you are a caregiver for someone with dementia you probably recognize when your care receiver is hungry, tired, or thirsty. You may recognize other signs reminding you of his or her needs. However, it is not so easy to anticipate that your loved one is likely to wander, perhaps because he or she is restless, anxious, or confused. You […]

New Program to help Alzheimer’s, Dementia Caregivers


Information is the most powerful tool. That rings especially true for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, many of whom lack formal training. Naples Senior Center at JFCS is dedicated to filling that knowledge gap through a new series of Caregiver Boot Camps provided at no charge through a Southwest Florida Community Foundation grant. The workshops will provide […]

How to Prevent Falls

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Maybe you know someone who has fallen recently or have done so yourself. Falling can have minor consequences but other times, tragic ones. According to Step Smart Collier, a program endorsed by the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department, one out of three older adults fall each year and fifty percent of those who are injured from a fall die within […]

Love’s Role in Caregiving

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Being a caregiver for someone with dementia is tough and exhausting. Why do we do it? Why did I and why do you accept this difficult assignment? As a song goes, “I did it for love.” Yes, I really loved my mom and my husband, both now deceased, and wanted to be there for them. In mom’s case I consulted […]

Marco’s Dementia Respite Program Begins

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]


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