(Knowing what I know, Part 4) "Knowing what you know about Alzheimer's disease, what do you do differently in your own life?" I've been slowly making my way through my responses to this question in a series of posts, so far covering advance care planning, physical exercise, and cognitive activity. Today I'm feeling ready to… Continue reading A grain of salt
Whether you know me in real life or only through this blog, there are two things that you surely know about me by now: 1) I have worked as a dementia educator for many years, and 2) I have a funny old terrier named Norma. We adopted Norma from a shelter nearly 16 years ago,… Continue reading Teacher’s pet
In my role as a health educator, I deal on a near-daily basis with claims of treatment and cure for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. I see the range of emotions that people experience upon receiving a new diagnosis: worry and uncertainty, but also optimism and hope. And I know the deep fear that many… Continue reading Quacks or facts?
"It is a happy talent to know how to play." - Ralph Waldo Emerson Having spent most of my early adulthood taking myself pretty seriously, several years ago I made a commitment to incorporating more silliness and play into my life. College and graduate school in my 20's had been good years, but they weren't… Continue reading When work is play
(Knowing what I know, Part 2) “Knowing what you know about Alzheimer’s disease, what do you do differently in your own life?” I wrote in a previous post about my initial response to this question that was recently posed to me, and continue here with Part 2 of my answer: regular exercise. No, there is… Continue reading Resisting my resistance
I recently returned from my first American Library Association (ALA) conference, with a pad full of notes, a bag full of books, and a head full of ideas. I'm still early in my MLIS studies and don't work in a library - so why spend a week of precious PTO attending a library conference? Firstly,… Continue reading ALA Seattle recap