The Decline of Facial Recognition in Dementia

April 02, 2017 - 07:45
Mr. Gary LeBlanc is a health columnist specializing in dementia care.  He has authored over 350 articles on the subject.

Caring for my mom now in the end stage of vascular dementia, I have learned that when I walk into the room, I need to start talking as soon as she has visual contact with me. I can see in her eyes and facial expression that she truly doesn’t recognize me. She does however know my voice.

Another lesson that I have learned is that I must keep my beard trimmed short. Once it starts getting long, it gets extremely grey and I start resembling a man by the name of Saint Nick and my mother truly has no idea of who I am.

The Dilemma of Crushing Pills

January 20, 2017 - 19:35

Mr. Gary LeBlanc is a health columnist specializing in dementia care. He has authored over 350 articles on the subject.

One of the jobs that every caregiver will have to perform is the daily dispensing of medications. Dealing with all the new drugs in today’s world, this task can become extremely confusing. In a twenty-four-hour period, one may have to administer medications as much as four or five times, possibly more in some cases.

World Prematurity Day Part 2: A successful pregnancy and birth

December 04, 2016 - 18:47

November 17th was World Prematurity Day. In Honor of this, I would like to share my story. Last week, I told you the story of how I lost my first child because she was born 4 months early. I was young and healthy, so no one thought I would have any complications. But unfortunately I went into labor and my precious little girl died in my arms. It took a long time to even consider getting pregnant again because the loss was so painful.

Look Good, Feel Better

November 04, 2016 - 09:19

photography by Sue Quigley


Volunteer cosmetologists, left to right, Amy Baldwin, Annette Lalla and Becky Anderson during the workshop.

Many thousands of men and women are diagnosed each year with some form of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

For them, treatment options will probably include chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery and, consequently, side effects like nausea, pain and fatigue.

Those side effects can not only include hair loss, but also dry skin, brittle nails and weight gain.

And for women in particular, these side effects can take over one’s daily life.

Don't Let the Hands of Dementia Lie

September 14, 2016 - 16:20

Mr. Gary Joseph LeBlanc is a health columnist specializing in dementia care. He has authored over 350 articles on the subject.

While caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or a dementia-related disease, always remember this: Idle hands are the devil’s toys, especially in the latter stages of the disease.

Redirection through touch is something caregivers need to learn. Place a photo album, playing cards, magazines, in front of them—anything to keep them entertained. Keep their confused minds as absorbed as possible—before they attempt to do it themselves. This will lower the risk of them getting hurt when they enter the moderate to late stages of this disease.

Is your child's backpack making the grade?

September 01, 2016 - 16:13

The back-to-school season is a great time to establish new, healthier habits. Learning how to properly carry things in a backpack is important for many years past the school age years, but if your child learns the importance of maintaining proper posture even when carrying heavy things, their muscles and joints will thank you for the rest of their lives!

Living alone with dementia

August 24, 2016 - 18:12

There is an overwhelming number of elderly people living alone while suffering from some form of dementia. The truth is, we will never get a precisely accurate head count since so many senior citizens live under the radar, and alone, trying to fend for themselves. Sadly, even some of their own family members ignore the situation or are wedged in, denial, until their loved ones become seriously ill or injured. Also regrettably, it often takes a tragic occurrence to force some people to take notice that something is seriously wrong.


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