About 100 Alzheimer’s Scientists gathered Monday at the Alzheimer’s Association Researchers Symposium. This annual event is organized by the volunteer Medical and Scientific Advisory Council of the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter. It brings together researchers from across our Chapter to share ideas, present new data, network and celebrate young researchers.
We hear from a lot of people about the challenges of traveling. While traveling can be a wonderful respite for everyone involved, especially in early stages of the disease, it does require special planning. Travel impacts routine, schedule and familiarity (with people and surroundings), all of the hallmark comfort criteria for people with Alzheimer’s. Changes in routine and location can trigger stress and disorientation. Each person’s situation is a bit different; talk with your loved one’s doctor about your particular travel plans. Continue reading “Summer Travel – Structure vs. Spontaneity!” »
Due to an aging workforce, finding employees diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is becoming more common. While many people can remain at work in the early stages of the disease, each person’s situation is unique. Talk to your physician and caregiving team regarding how your current set of symptoms will impact your ability to work, and keep revisiting the conversation as your symptoms change. Depending on your particular job, you may need to transition out of work sooner than later, for example, if your job involves driving or utilizing skills that may be more challenging with Alzheimer’s.
If you are able to continue working, try to create a transition plan with your employer, perhaps reducing hours or taking a less demanding role. Educate your employer about the disease as you discuss your options, you may even want to bring a caregiver or advocate with you. You may find that your employer and even your Human Resources department may have had little training or exposure to the disease. Unfortunately, many companies that have stellar childcare benefits and support resources haven’t caught up with eldercare disease issues. Continue reading “I’ve Just Been Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s. Can I Still Work?” »
If you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, one of the many difficult decisions you will face is when to hang up your car keys. Driving is such a routine freedom and pleasure that for most people it is quite painful to think about losing that independence. But the disease impacts the concentration and quick reactions that safe driving requires, so needing to stop is inevitable. The question of driving – whether to continue and if so, for how long – needs to be evaluated as part of your ongoing health planning.
You’re likely to have conflicted thoughts about giving up driving, so acknowledge and share your feelings about it. Talk with your caregiver about how the driving decision should be made, balancing your desire for continued independence with the need for everyone’s safety. In the early stages of the disease, you may be able to simply transition your driving to be more limited, perhaps only driving familiar, short drives during the daytime. You could use a GPS tracking device to reduce a caregiver’s concerns. Continue reading “Hanging up the Keys” »
After two days of inspiration and education, advocates headed to Capitol Hill to meet with their respective legislators and ask for their continued support in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Here’s how the meetings went for a few of the Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter advocates:
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