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True Unequivocal Love

True Unequivocal Love By Skylar Edwards My grandparents were both strong-willed, young adults, who fell in love in the aftermath of WWII. My grandfather was a talented carpenter and electrician, who served his country in the South Pacific on the USS APA 168 Gage. He returned from the navy and met my grandmother who worked…

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I’m Proud of Her Journey

I’m Proud of Her Journey by Tim Murray My mother Emily Marie Doyle was born on June 29th, 1935 in the Bronx New York. My mother’s parents were John and Marie Krejci (100% Czechoslovakian). My Mom was an only child growing up on Kings Street in Greenwich Village, New Your City. My Grandfather John and…

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In Memory of Mary Hansen

In Memory of Mary Hansen by Susan Robson My mom had such a kind heart. She was so creative and gifted in many things, although she did not ever acknowledge her gifts. She had taken several candy making classes long ago. Then at Christmas time, she would create these enormous trays of assorted chocolates, caramels,…

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My Journey with Alzheimer’s

My Journey with Alzheimer’s   My Name is Gary Fuquay.  My Mother was Proud, private, loving, extremely devoted Christian. A wonderful Mother. I have 3 siblings, all living in NC. My father died of cancer 10 years before Mom show signs of dementia.  It was a short timeframe between diagnosis and his passing.  12 days. …

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Memories of Mom

This Mother’s Day we are honoring the legacy and memory of our mothers who have been impacted by dementia. Whether they lived with dementia or served as a caregiver for their family members, we know they often wrapped us in love. The memories we have with them live on within our hearts and through the…

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What can telehealth do for you?

What Can Telehealth Do For You? Submitted by Cornelia M. Poer, MSW, LCSW Duke Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment Clinic COVID-19 has changed a lot in the world in a very short period of time.  The changes seem to be happening so quickly that it is hard to keep up with them.  In an effort to…

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What do I do now?

by Lisa Levine Whether you are looking for activities, things to do, or how to engage your loved one with dementia, staying both busy and purposeful is important for all of us. All humans need a purpose, need to help others, and need to be engaged with the world around them. Having dementia makes that…

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Keeping in touch with loved ones

Keeping in touch with your loved one who lives in a Care Community Shared with permission from Spring Arbor Wilson Social distancing and not visiting your loved one living in a Care Community can be extremely difficult. Some family members are used to visiting their loved ones every day. They were often the primary caregiver…

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Join Our Virtual Thank You

Butterflies are powerful representations of life. Around the world, in many cultures and faiths, the butterfly represents endurance, change, hope, and life.   Direct care workers—formally classified as personal care aides, home health aides, and nursing assistants, but known in the field by a much broader array of job titles—provide assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) and…

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Remain Calm and Make a Plan

Remain Calm and Make a Plan As the outbreak of Covid19 grows in communities across our country, it is imperative that we all remain calm, make informed preparations, and adjust short range plans to protect the health of our families and those we care for. As an organization constantly focused on the well-being of people…

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Ron and Cherie Wilson

Ron and Cherie Wilson of Durham were married on St. Patrick’s Day in 1986, and from that day on they were inseparable. Ron was an athlete in his younger days, and he loved sports, especially basketball, lacrosse and hockey. The two spent many hours together watching and attending games. Ron was so involved he became…

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Melanie Bunn

Crisis Intervention Teams – Officers Trained to Help

Crisis Intervention Teams – Officers Trained to Help by Lisa Levine Throughout North Carolina, law enforcement agencies, mental health professionals and advocates join in partnerships to establish Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT). CIT programs are programs that provide law enforcement officers the knowledge and skills they need to de-escalate persons in emergency crisis situations. CIT programs…

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Empathy Through Art

Empathy Through Art For those of us who have helped take care of someone with Dementia, we know how important it is to create and find moments of connection with our loved ones.  But, as we watch them fade, it can be incredibly difficult to stay strong and not let our own pain distract us…

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The Miraculous Mile!

The Miraculous Mile! Yup, its just a mile! And its flat, straight, and on a protected street with no cars! Walk, run, bike, push someone else, rollerblade, skip, jump, moonwalk, use ski poles, whatever you like. Do the full ½ mile out & back, or a part. For someone living with dementia (or any chronic…

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From Hurting to Helping

From Hurting to Helping When my dad was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia in 2001, I was a freshman in college. He was only 54, and the idea that anyone so young could have this foreign-sounding disease seemed unfathomable. It was isolating for our family, for my dad and for me. Over the course of…

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16th Annual 2019 Sanford Dementia Caregiver Symposium

2019 Sanford Dementia Caregiver Symposium 16 years! That is how long Dementia Alliance of North Carolina and the Enrichment Center of Lee County have been partnering to provide top-notch education and outstanding resources to dementia caregivers and the community-at-large. This year our Dementia Caregiver Symposium will be Tuesday April 16th at the recently renovated Dennis…

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How Did I Get Here?

How Did I Get Here? …A view from the inside the “Sandwich Generation” “I hope everything is ok.” That’s what I think every single time I see Dad’s name on my phone. My mind races through the same series of questions that I never have answers to. Is Mom having one of those moments? Is…

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