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February 8, 2014

Caring for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Individuals

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Show #116

 


Barbara Drum was my guest host this fine day, when we covered a wide variety of topics. Barbara and I reminisced about the Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan show on February 9th, 1964. And as Barbara says, it’s a blessing that we both can still remember the event! Barbara has been involved in memory care for many years. She most recently was the Administrator of a memory care community in the Charlotte, NC area. Barbara is an accomplished trainer and presenter to groups interested in memory care. Contact Barbara at bsddrum@bellsouth.net.

The average age of folks who are being admitted to memory care communities is going down. There are many cases of frontal lobe dementia and CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) as a result of multiple concussions. Vietnam war veterans and the recent veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are more prone to early dementia.

If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one who might be showing signs of dementia, then this show is MUST HEAR programming. Barbara is skilled at caring for individuals with some form of cognitive impairment, and training individuals who want to work in a memory care community. There are many wonderful tips for recognizing warning signs of dementia and how to proceed. It’s easy to ignore the warning signs. And if you live out of town from your aging loved one, there are tips here for you to learn from.

Barbara also shared with us her latest venture. She and a business partner are involved in Carolina Center Staging, a new company to assist  individuals who are in the process of marketing their homes. Visit their web site: www.charlottestager.com.

Many thanks to Barbara Drum for sharing her expertise with us on Radio 4 the Ages!

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