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Friday, March 26, 2010
HOPE FOR ALZHEIMER'S BLOOD TEST
In a recent search of the web on Alzheimer's news, I came across a 2/12/2010 announcement from OPKO Health, Inc. of their development of "a simple diagnostic blood test for Alzheimer's disease." You can find out more about OPKO and this news by searching "OPKO Health, Inc."
I want to caution you, though, this is not yet news we can take and run with even though their preliminary findings indicate the test was approximately 95% accurate. They are wisely couching their news in "forward-looking statements." This includes the use of words such as "expects," "believes," "could," "estimates," and others. The upshot is that once further testing is completed, the test may or may not actually perform as it is hoped it will.
I am telling you about this because I consider it to be a sign of the progress being made in the field of dementia and Alzheimer's. We must not give up hope that some day we will not only have a blood test for Alzheimer's, but we will have a cure.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
It's finished! I'm thrilled to tell you "LOVE, LAUGHTER, & MAYHEM - Caregiver Survival Manual For Living With A Person With Dementia" has been published and can now be ordered through the printer, BookLocker, at www.booklocker.com/books/4585.html. It will also be available through amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and my website in the near future. The fastest way to obtain it is to order directly from the printer at BookLocker at the exact link noted above.
It has taken me more than two and a half years to complete this book, and once I wrote the stories I was reluctant to change them in any way. The last chapter is a story about my father and sadly, he passed away almost exactly one year ago from his dementia and other illnesses--long before I was finished with the publication process. I like to think he's watching over me now and because he knew I was writing a book, that he's proud of my achievement. This book is dedicated to him and to all of the other people with dementia who have enriched my life and helped to give me direction.
I look forward to hearing how this book has helped change your life, as well as the life of your loved one with dementia--my goal is to help make your lives happier and healthier. Cindy
Thursday, March 11, 2010
FREE TIPS ON DEMENTIA CARE AVAILABLE!
I have begun to create a series of "Free Tips" videos which can be accessed from my website. These are short, informational and very informal videos of me speaking from my living room. The first one talks about getting out of your reality and into the reality of the person with dementia. The second one is about the importance of hydration in people with dementia. I'm currently working on the third one and in it I talk about a few things to avoid doing with people with dementia. My plan is to create 8-10 of these videos, available free to anyone, and to also have written transcripts of them available for purchase for just a few dollars. I hope you are able to benefit from this information and I welcome any comments you have about them.
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Hello Everyone: First, I apologize for being away from my blog for so long. My reason for the absence is that my first book, "LOVE, LAUGHTER, & MAYHEM - Caregiver Survival Manual For Living With A Person With Dementia" is about to be published. I'm self-publishing through BookLocker and hope to have the book in my hands by mid-March. This book is a collection of stories about people with dementia I have known, loved, and worked with in my many years as a nurse. Every story has a lesson to teach, and this book will teach family caregivers lessons about how to better interact with, and care for their loved one with dementia. I have worked on this book for the past two years, and I am now giving it birth. See my website for previews of the Table of Contents as well as two of the stories from the book.
You will read the story about my father and his dementia in this book, and I have dedicated the book to him. Dad died on March 13th, 2009 and I am thinking how fitting it is that my book should be published this month. It is my hope you will learn many things from my stories, and I would love to hear from you about how it has affected your life as well as the life of your loved one with dementia. Cindy
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