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Misconceptions of Dementia & Housing Options

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Lori La Bey, host of Alzheimer’s Speaks interviews Catherine L. Owens, a nationally recognized Senior Living Industry Expert and Author of Be Your Own Hero: Senior Living Decisions Simplified, a book she wrote with the hope of addressing the myths and stigmas surrounding senior living,  Catherine is also the Executive Director for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Idaho Chapter and hopes to create more awareness of the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on our national.  Call in and join the conversation!

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Questioning Myths

Questioning Myths

By: Michelle Remold

Recently I wrote about how it is important to really look into new research that is published when it comes to Alzheimer’s and dementia before completely believing it. While this is important, it is also important to look at the already established myths about Alzheimer’s and dementia. A few that stood out to me were the common “memory loss is a part of normal aging,” and “there are treatment options available to stop the progression on the disease.” While there are bits of truth to these myths, they really are not accurate.

When it comes to memory loss, it isn’t a normal part of aging. Some memory loss is normal such as forgetting names or misplacing keys, this happens to me on a daily basis. However, Alzheimer’s and dementia are not normal aspects of aging. I think that when people believe that all memory loss is a normal part of growing older, it prohibits them from receiving a correct diagnosis earlier in the disease.

The other myth that is a little more difficult to swallow is that there is a way to stop the progression of Alzheimer’s and dementia. While there are medications out there that may help to slow the progression of the disease, there currently is not a medication or treatment option that will completely stop the progression of the disease.

I think that with all the treatments that are available for countless other diseases and all the information that floats around, especially on the internet, it is important to know when to take a step back and realize that looking a little more into a claim or a perceived myth is okay. It’s good to learn what you can about Alzheimer’s and dementia and to ask questions as they arise. After all, you never know unless you ask questions.

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Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio – Hearing Loss & Memory Impairment Plus Perceptions of Dementia


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Hearing Loss & Memory Impairment

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Tuesday January 21st, 2014

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Zounds christopher potelloOur first guest will be Zounds Franchise Owner Christopher J. Poletto, PhD. We are going to talk about hearing loss, stigmas, perceptions, myths, the testing process (which I went through and found very interesting), new technology and a study on Alzheimer’s & dementia’s.

Zounds Hearing Center – 1629 W County Road C, Roseville, MN 55113       651-315-8632

Email – ZoundsRoseville@gmail.com      Website


Justin Richard Holub NeuroAssocAlb_1We will also be talking with Dr. Richard Holub, CEO and President of the Neurological Associates of Albany which is conducting a global research study investigating a medication that may slow or halt the progression of early stage Alzheimer’s in patients.            Number for patients/caregivers to contact – 518-618-1017

Email –  naaresearch@gmail.com        Website


dementia_alliance_interntional_logo Steve Ponath announced the new group, Dementia Alliance International

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I would also love to hear your thoughts about the NFL fund for players who get diagnosed with dementia and our government funding and plan for the disease. Check out this article about the NFL funds and this article about our government.

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