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  1. My Mom has been diagnosed with advanced Alzheimers and is bed bound. Yet in the past 2 months, she seems to have better cognition, eg occasionaly recognizing someone, and wanting to get out of bed, something that heretofore she has shown little desire to do. All in all she seems a bit perkier than the past 6 months. Any insights?

  2. I would have love to be a part of the longest day!!!! However today is June 18, 2014 and I just got this e-mail today, the event is June 21, 2014! I am sad, this small amount of time will NOT give me time to get a group together.. Please send event notices at least 2 weeks in advance. Thanks!

    • Hi, Linda. I believe you are subscribed to blogs, but not notifications for The Longest Day. You can still sign-up here: in order to make sure you receive a notification about next year's event, which is always on June 21.

  3. Hello Alzheimers association,

    I am a Toronto based filmmaker and am the writer and producer of the project Momemo, a short film about alzheimer. Having a grandparent with the disease, I wrote this film as a way to bring insight into the lives of alzheimer patients. We are currently fundraising for the project, and could use all the support we get.

    If you feel it is a worthy project, we would love help spreading the word. We have a short campaign window, but our project is here at… . Thank you so so much.


  4. What is the best way to handle violent behavior?

    • In my personal experience, the relationship status between you and the person showing violent tendencies plays a big role on your approach to calm the person down. For example if it's a father/daughter relationship and the person with Alzheimer's is the father, you can try to use the daughter role to your advantage. The parent tends to have a certain level of trust with their child, and that is vital to the patient/parent when being cared for. As I'm trying to point out, the patient tends to be better with their child then, say their partner. This suggestion is basically using a middle-man, which can help at times but also may not. I can't say for sure this kind of situation and solution would work out since I don't know the person… Another thing that is vital to patients of Alzheimer's is that they WANT to be understood, but (sometimes) realize they CAN'T be understood. This is often what causes the agitation and violent behaviors because they just want their point to be understood. So it can sometimes help to approach the agitated person with a calm and soothing attitude. This shows them that everything is fine and will be fine while you try to decipher what they are trying to do. If the soft approach isn't/doesn't work, distractions work also. Try to bring their mind to something else. Something they cherish and have fond memories of, this tends to bring about a start of old stories you most likely have heard many times, but the person will hopefully lose themselves in the memories and forget what they are even agitated about. Besides these solutions, there are the medical solutions(medication), which I can't and won't go further into. But using a combo of these ideas can work along with the fact that you already know things about this person (and maybe to the point you can think along the same lines as them at times), these methods should be able to bring about results.
      ~ I hope this helps (somehow). I feel I'm not doing enough, but this is really all I can think of that will help you and I also just don't know the full situation, so this is all I have. I'll stop blabbering now…

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