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Love Story: One couple’s journey through the travails of dementia

July 12, 2013 in Worthington Daily Globe

Let’s hang on to what we’ve got
Don’t let go, girl; we’ve got a lot
Got a lot of love between us
Hang on, hang on, hang on to what we got
Dooh doo, dooh doo, dooh doo

In the video posted on YouTube, that classic 1965 song by The Four Seasons plays while a woman giggles and sways to the music. Although the lyrics are significantly poignant, the woman doesn’t sing along. She can’t, because dementia has impaired her speech. Continue Reading

Video workshop on dementia set

March 5, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

WINDOM The Windom Education and Collaborative Center (WECC) will offer a video conference workshop, “Dementia: Positive Interactions,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 15 in WECC Room10, located at the west side of the Business, Arts and Recreation Center. Continue Reading

Doctors urge early dementia detection in families

February 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Alexis McKenzie’s mother had mild dementia, but things sounded OK when she phoned home: Dad was with her, finishing his wife’s sentences as they talked about puttering through the day and a drive to the store.
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Hockey legend Gordie Howe begins raising dementia awareness while feeling its effects

February 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

It’s a personal cause for “Mr. Hockey,” who’s now 83. The disease killed Gordie Howe’s wife Colleen in 2009 and is beginning to affect him. “He’s a little bit worse than last year, but pretty close to about the same,” son Marty Howe says. “He just loses a little bit more, grasping for words.” Continue Reading

Push underway to cut drugs for dementia patients

September 14, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Day after day, Hazel Eng sat on her couch, a blank stare on her face. The powerful antipsychotics she was taking often cloaked her in sedation. And when they didn’t, the 89-year-old lashed out at her nursing home’s aides with such anger and frequency her daughter wondered if her mother would be better off dead. Until, in a matter of days, everything seemed to change. Continue Reading

VIKINGS: Former linebacker standout Fred McNeill dealing with early-onset dementia

August 9, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Fred McNeill was a standout linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings for 12 seasons (1974-85). He and his wife Tia have been married since 1983. Tia said she has noticed changes in her husband’s memory. “People who were in our wedding that he doesn’t know,” she said. Continue Reading

Study: Brain injury raises risk of Alzheimer’s, other dementia

July 18, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A large study in older veterans raises fresh concern about mild brain injuries that hundreds of thousands of troops have suffered from explosions in recent wars. Even concussions seem to raise the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia later in life, researchers found. Continue Reading

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Bursack: Protection briefs are step toward dignity

October 16, 2010 in INFORUM

Dear Carol: My dad has dementia. He also had prostate surgery a number of years ago and should wear adult diapers but refuses, so he always smells. How can I convince him to wear diapers? Disgusted Continue Reading

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Bursack: Exception needed in addressing woman

October 9, 2010 in INFORUM

Dear Carol: My mother is in a nursing home. She has mid-stage dementia. The home is great in most ways, but I wish the whole staff could learn that she responds best to Maggie, not her given name of Margaret. Continue Reading

Dementia the topic of pair of events this month

October 3, 2010 in West Central Tribune

A pair of events in Willmar this month will focus on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia disorders and how caregivers and the community can best care for this population. Continue Reading