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Transitions

When I was at the entry station for basic training we saw a group of soldiers who were leaving basic training.  Their uniforms were a little worn, they had some extra gear and accouterments, and they seemed pretty tough and rugged. Wow, I thought, will I ever be that experienced and tough-looking. Well eight weeks…

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MOLST & POLST

A new model for end-of-life care issues, called MOLST, is now in use in Massachusetts. Around the nation, and in New Hampshire where it is also being used, the system is called Physician’s Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (or POLST). In Massachusetts the first word is changed to “Medical” thus giving us MOLST. The point of the…

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Marge’s husband, George, would call for her and she would come running. But when she came into the room he would say, “Who are you? I want Marge!” She would say, “It is me, George,” and he would reply, “But you’re old, I want my wife, Marge. She’s young.” This was devastating for Marge. George…

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What is Dementia?

Marge’s husband, George, would call for her and she would come running. But when she came into the room he would say, “Who are you? I want Marge!” She would say, “It is me, George,” and he would reply, “But you’re an old woman, I want my wife, Marge.” This was devastating for Marge. George…

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Dementia and Delusions

The New York Times recently posted the article linked below about dementia. I have been discussing this with my clients for years. You cannot usually engage in a logical argument with a one-year old child, and sometimes you cannot do so with an elder who has advanced dementia. You must deal with the disease of…

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Alzheimer’s Seminar in Bedford, NH

The Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts and New Hampshire regularly holds educational programs. On Tuesday, February 23, 2010, at 5:30PM, they will hold a program entitled: “Knowing the Difference: Senior Moments vs. Warning Signs for Alzheimer’s Disease.” Topics will include dementia symptoms, the different forms of dementia, the diagnostic process, current treatment options and the benefits…