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A Manifesto For Radical Inclusion

Intro by Giving Care Team: A new philosophy around the support of people with changing cognitive abilities is needed; dementia patients are especially prone to the harms of stigma, stereotype, and segregation. Below, Dr. Al Power proposes a manifesto for all to read and act on.     The

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Stop and Spot the Triggers

Whether it’s a nostalgic tune on the radio that brings back fond memories, the sight of needles in a doctor’s office that evokes fear, or the comforting smell of your favourite home cooked meal—triggers can be found all around us. We simply need to take

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What If Kids Got Dementia?

One of the most popular un-filmed screenplays of 2015 was a comedy about former president, Ronald Reagan, and his life with Alzheimer’s disease. Billed as a “hilarious political satire”, the screenplay featured an intern tasked with convincing Reagan, originally to be played by Will Ferrell,

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3 Steps to Prepare for Dying (at Any Age)

We all know death will win in the end. Yet, talking about death rarely happens. “The simple view is that medicine exists to fight death and disease, and that is, of course, its most basic task. Death is the enemy. But the enemy has superior forces.

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Don’t You Remember Me? Forgive the Forget

It can be upsetting and frustrating when a loved one with dementia forgets who his/her family members are. Sometimes it’s a case of not being able to recognize faces. Many times I have heard family members say, “He thinks I am his sister,” or “Mom

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Drinking and Dementia Don’t Mix: How Families Can Help

People with dementia who are also experiencing alcoholism or alcohol abuse is a very challenging situation for family members to manage. Alcoholism speeds the decline in the skills needed for independent living, worsens behavioural problems, and raises concerns of safety for the affected family member

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When Confusion is Confusing: Older Adults and Delirium

I have been a geriatric mental health clinician since 2010. One of the most complex and perplexing conditions that I have seen in those 65 and older is delirium and it's confusion. Of the troubling “3Ds” (Delirium, Depression and Dementia) often found in the geriatric

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