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  • Alzheimer's patient responds to granddaughter's music classes

    “Research shows that music awakens a part of the brain not impacted by dementia, and that it evokes responses such as singing and movement and can provide precious moments of connection with loved ones. “For Bailey's Pa, music provides a bridge to his past that has not been affected by his ...

    23 November 2017, 10:52 am

  • 'The Brown Nosed Camel' earns $2000 for Alzheimer's association

    Benoit said, “She's the source of my strength as well as that of our three children and six grandchildren. She's also a 35-year breast-cancer survivor,” in the release. Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of death in America. It affects 5 million. Alzheimer's and other dementia cost $259 billion this year.

    23 November 2017, 9:00 am

  • Essay: Dad, dementia and the holidays

    The holidays tend to bring on stress naturally, but then add on the pressure of being a caregiver for a person with dementia. “Sixty one percent of family caregivers of a person with Alzheimer's and other dementias rated the emotional stress of caregiving as 'high' or 'very high',” according to the ...

    23 November 2017, 7:30 am

  • Ask the doctors: Studies indicate possible connection between sleep and dementia

    Ongoing research continues to find a correlation between sleep deficit and various types of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. In one of the more recent studies, participants who reported sleep problems like insomnia, poor sleep quality and daytime sleepiness had a measurable increase in ...

    23 November 2017, 6:56 am

  • How to care for dementia sufferers

    Dementia is a brain disorder affecting a person's ability to complete daily activities. The most common form among older people being Alzheimer's disease, which affects the parts of the brain that control thoughts, memories, and language. When a person is living with dementia or Alzheimer's, a caregiver ...

    23 November 2017, 5:26 am

  • Music for the Ages

    Olmsted says studies state that music is one's natural pacemaker and can be used to lift the moods of Alzheimers and dementia patients. "People who ...

    23 November 2017, 5:03 am

  • What I would like to tell you about Alzheimer's

    My mother Irene lived a varied and interesting life that ended last month with a death that spared her the worst of what dementia has to offer.

    23 November 2017, 4:52 am

  • How Alzheimer's emerged from the shadows

    This becomes all the more apparent to me when I visit Martin Rossor, national director for dementia research at the UK's biggest funder of health research. Rossor began his clinical research in 1979, within a year of my grandmother's death; he is now one of the country's foremost experts in Alzheimer's.

    23 November 2017, 4:52 am

  • Dementia symptoms: Could your optician DIAGNOSE alzheimer's disease in an EYE test?

    Similarly, Dr James Pickett, head of research at the Alzheimer's Society, suggested it could be years before such tests are available on the high street. He explained: “There is some evidence that these nerve fibres could be thinner in people with dementia, but measuring how thin the nerve fibres are is ...

    23 November 2017, 3:56 am

  • Successful Aging: How to help a loved one manage Alzheimer's diagnosis, part 2

    Those with dementia typically have good and bad times of the day. Giving medication during a bad time won't work. For example there is something called sun downing syndrome, a symptom of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. It's also known as “late-day confusion” which gets worse ...

    23 November 2017, 2:15 am

  • For families of people with dementia, holidays come with pitfalls

    For the family members of people with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, three months of winter holidays can mean a constant stream of stressors, said ...

    23 November 2017, 12:22 am

  • A New Link Between Alzheimer's and Nasu-Hakola Disease?

    Homozygous loss-of-function mutations in the microglial receptor TREM2 cause Nasu-Hakola disease, an early onset form of dementia thought to be ...

    23 November 2017, 12:00 am

  • Crozer-Keystone Participates in Largest Brain Amyloid Scan Research Study

    ... usefulness of PET imaging of brain amyloid deposits in the diagnosis of patients who are being evaluated for Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

    22 November 2017, 10:30 pm

  • Green Bay salon school give back to caregivers

    The Paul Mitchell School in Green Bay is partnering with the Alzheimer's Association this month to raise awareness and funds to fight the disease, November ... Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, 193,000 people in the state are providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia.

    22 November 2017, 9:56 pm

  • David Cassidy had dementia: Why this disease is on the rise

    There are numerous types of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association. More than 47 million people worldwide have dementia, with about 10 million new cases every year. The number of people with dementia is ...

    22 November 2017, 9:45 pm

Return to Joy

Part family memoir and part "how-to," this book reveals how the mysteries, challenges, grief and even humor of dementia transformed the lives of two sisters and their family as they consciously chose to step into their demented mother’s reality, as opposed to forcing her to live in a world in which she no longer belonged. In this honest examination of the complexities of the mother-daughter relationship, Charlotte and Virginia Parker honor the wisdom of ancient mysteries, mythologies, and expressions of the soul at work in their lives while caring for their mother. They come to the realization that life itself is ultimately a mystery in which we all find ourselves alternately participating and witnessing while bringing out the best and worst of us with its joys and its sorrows, its ugliness and its beauty but ultimately always returning to joy. If you have a mother, you need to read this book.


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An excerpt from the book …

Dementia brought a death to the mother of my childhood. However, through dementia my mother experienced a rebirthing in the form of her daughter self. In that experience, I gained a rebirthing myself in consciously accepting the role of mother. I simultaneously became a mother and found my mother in the mysteries of this disease.



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