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WE can solve our caregiver’s problems. WE cannot cure Alzheimer’s disease, prevent or slow Alzheimer’s disease down. But WE can and WE do solve our caregiver’s problems. HOW? A Caregiver needs to take a break – our grant money makes that break possible. A Caregiver needs to keep their loved ones home as long as...
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Start making your list of those people you know you can count on to pitch in and support your respite program this fall. Let them in on your plan and see what they will commit to doing, it can be anything from cooking dinner one day a week to watching your loved one while you...
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Alzheimer’s Arkansas is pleased to provide you with information about the 2016-2017 Family Caregiver Support Program grant.  Funding for this program is provided by the Older Americans Act, National Family Caregiver Support Program Title IIIE Funds.  These funds were awarded to CareLink (the Central Arkansas Area Agency on Aging) for distribution throughout the six counties...
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A note from a caregiver after receiving the Phyllis Watkins Family Assistance Program Grant in 2016: ” I really thought this grant was a waste of my time! Mom was so unwilling to have anyone else in the house, to the point where I could not even have dinner with family or friends at the...
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  Only The Lonely By Priscilla Pittman, MSW, MA Mary pushed her grocery cart through the store reciting the items needed for the casserole.  She nodded and smiled at a silver headed man who greeted her with a cheerful “Good morning.” Busily cruising the aisles trying to remember the list she’d left on the table,...
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By Priscilla Pittman, MSW, MA Alzheimer’s Arkansas Programs and Services   METABOLISM Slower processing of meds and alcohol Slower reflexes might impair driving After age of 30, metabolism slows about 2% each decade due to loss of muscle mass if we are not working on our muscle strength.   The average American loses as much of...
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Think about your favorite movie. Chances are the main character, the hero in that movie, probably faced a challenge that seemed insurmountable. What makes a hero is facing that insurmountable challenge and finding a way to do something, anything to meet it. Heroes are brave. People diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers are brave. There...
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by Priscilla Pittman, MSW, MA Alzheimer’s Arkansas Programs and Services Swallowing is a complex motor function and, therefore, may be affected by some chronic illnesses. The process begins unconsciously as the amount of saliva increases in the mouth when we see food. Then, the food is taken into the mouth where it is chewed and...
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by Priscilla Pittman, MSW, MA Alzheimer’s Arkansas Programs and Services   Do we participate in a community group or attend a particular church or temple and enjoy doing for others?  Providing time and effort for others whether or not we know them is a rewarding experience. But we really don’t like to have needs or...
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By Priscilla Pittman, MSW, MA   Opinionator…Wow! The computer doesn’t like that word. But we all have opinions don’t we.  This time of year we only seem to hear political opinions and unless we have the time to do a fact check we may turn a deaf ear to those as well. A number of...
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