Holiday Commotion

Why do dementia symptoms get worse around the holidays?  The festive season is a joyous time filled with excitement, for the most part. It is also known for being hectic and stressful. Whether that’s Christmas, Nowroz, Chinese New Year, Eid ..

Dec 25, 2019 Pooja Jain

Ann’s story

Formerly a magazine and newspaper journalist, Ann Campanella is the author of Motherhood: Lost and Found, a memoir about her mother’s descent into Alzheimer’s at the same time as Ann was trying to become a parent. Her memoir was named ..

Dec 23, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Irene’s story

Irene’s story

Irene Frances Olson writes from passion and experience. She was her father’s caregiver during his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, and would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Having previously worked in memory care, she was not new to ..

Dec 9, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Jean’s story

Jean’s story

Jean Lee is the author of Alzheimer’s Daughter and a member of AlzAuthors. When both her parents were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s she became their primary carer. “My parents were physically healthy, actively involved community members, and business owners into their ..

Nov 25, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Depression & dementia: The unseen pain (Part II)

Depression & dementia: The unseen pain (Part II)

What to do when someone with dementia faces depression Depression is more common than you might think in dementia. Read our previous blog to understand depression in dementia: what it is, its causes, symptoms and impact. Now, let’s look at ..

Nov 18, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Depression & dementia: The unseen pain (Part I)

Depression & dementia: The unseen pain (Part I)

Understanding depression in dementia Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Hawking, Michelangelo, Winston Churchill. Do you know what they all have in common other than being some of the most successful people in history?  The title of this article probably gave away the ..

Nov 11, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Author & carer Vicki Tapia: Advice from my own experience

Author & carer Vicki Tapia: Advice from my own experience

Vicki is the author of two books, and a co-founder of AlzAuthors. She cared for her parents, when they were diagnosed with dementia and supporting families affected by dementia has become her passion. What is your advice for families living ..

Nov 4, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Interview with Vicki Tapia: Author, Carer & Co-founder

Interview with Vicki Tapia: Author, Carer & Co-founder

Giulia: Hi Vicki, it’s great to speak to you. Thanks so much for joining me today. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Vicki: Thank you, Giulia. It’s great to be here. I’m the author of two books, ..

Oct 28, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Art & Dementia: Living in the moment

Art & Dementia: Living in the moment

“All of our art experiences are the same as they would be for anyone else. We just make some slight changes to make it more comfortable for someone living with dementia and a family member or friend.” This month I ..

Apr 22, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Forget-me-not: The impact of memory loss in dementia

Forget-me-not: The impact of memory loss in dementia

In last week’s blog I discussed how memory works and why it becomes affected in dementia. Today, I will look at how memory loss can affect day-to-day life and what can be done to help. How does memory loss affect ..

Apr 8, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre