Tips for Traveling With Someone Who Has Dementia

airplane travelAre you considering traveling somewhere with a loved one who has dementia or Alzheimer’s?  There are unique challenges involved in doing so.  However, with some careful planning, it can be an enjoyable experience for all.  Check out the publication from the Alzheimer’s Association for travel tips on traveling with a loved one with dementia.

“Still Alice” Movie Trailer

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One of my all time favorite books is “Still Alice” by Lisa Genoa.  Still Alice is the story of Alice, a linguistics professor who is afflicted with early onset Alzheimer’s. I was so happy to see that it will be released as a movie on January 16, 2015.  For a little background and an exclusive movie trailer, visit this link from the Alzheimer’s Reading Room.

The most important reminder that I took away from the book, and this trailer, is “Live in the Moment”.

Stay tuned in mid-January for a more in depth review of the movie.

Prepare Minnesota for Alzheimer’s 2020

Wow.  The Minnesota Board of Aging, on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Disease Working Group, prepared an extremely thorough and thought-provoking report for the Minnesota Legislature, addressing the impact that Alzheimer’s Disease will have on Minnesota over the next 40 years.  Why the next 40 years?  Because Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects people as they age and the babyboomers are now turning 65.  The report addresses budgetary, social and personal impacts on Minnesota, family members and caregivers, and those afflicted by Alzheimer’s.  You can find a full copy of the report here:  Preparing Minnesota for Alzheimer’s:  The Budgetary, Social and Personal Impacts.   You can also take a pledge to help prepare Minnesota for Alzheimer’s 2020.

The impact that this disease will have on the need for guardianships and conservatorships, if appropriate advance planning is not done, is huge.  If you have questions about the need for a guardianship for your loved one afflicted by Alzheimer’s, please contact Cindi Matt, an experienced Minnesota guardianship attorney.

Alzheimer’s Rally at the Minnesota Capitol

A rally will be held today, January 13, 2011, at the Minnesota Capitol to educated and inform legislators and Minnesotans about what needs to be done now to prepare Minnesota for what appears to be an impending crisis with a huge increase in the number of Minnesotan’s suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease in the next 30 years.  For more information, see the Alzheimer’s Association – Minnesota/North Dakota Chapter website.

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