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Music, Radio, Audio

October 14, 2020

Families from around the world search for audio materials for persons with dementia and their families. While these sounds may reflect various countries, the sound of music still has the same impact on our brain.

Those with Dementia Speak

October 05, 2020 by Judith Allen Shone

The Other Side of the Caregiver’s Role

Sharing my experiences as a caregiver has helped me realize that through it all, a meaningful life is still possible for those with dementia diseases.

But it took being directly involved, hearing words spoken by those with Alzheimer’s, for me to understand.

Incontinence…Conveniently Forgotten

September 26, 2020 by Judith Allen Shone

Contributor, Gail Gregory, Guest Authour

I have been following Gail Gregory’s blog on my Twitter feed for a few months, “Too Young for Dementia?” Journey with Diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s, because I wanted to learn more about this particular dementia disease, unfamiliar to me.

The Backstory

September 21, 2020 by jas

Books seldom have the whole story. They begin somewhere and end somewhere else. Always there are pieces of the story not included for any number of reasons. Even a memoir cannot be a detailed rerun of life. Sometimes a backstory can fill in a few gaps!

Maybe I could Have…

September 07, 2020 by Judith Allen Shone

By Andrea René Williams, Guest Author

As part of a Facebook Caregiving Group, today’s Guest Author, Andrea René Williams, former caregiver for her mother, posted this list of things she wished she had thought about during that period of her life.

Caregiver Social-Support

August 10, 2020 by jas

Hugging through a computer or your phone is not the same as a sensitive real-life connection, but it helps!

We caregivers sense the void, we even feel empty…it is evident that we need smiles and hugs—in this time of COVID-19 we hunger for socialization opportunities!

Storytelling in movies

August 07, 2020 ~ compiled by Judith Allen Shone for c aregiver reference

We learn from stories. Novelist, Tim O’Brien is quoted as saying, “Storytelling is the essential human activity. The harder the situation, the more essential storytelling is.”

Vanessa Boris, on Harvard in What Makes Storytelling So Effective For Learning? offers that “storytelling forges connections among people, and between people and ideas. Stories convey the culture, history, and values that unite people.”