dementia http://kuow.org en Destigmatizing Dementia: 'We're Still Here' http://kuow.org/post/destigmatizing-dementia-were-still-here <p>Living with dementia can be isolating for both patients and their families. As social interactions get awkward, people begin to withdraw. Not only do their memories fade, but people themselves begin to fade from view.</p><p>At least that's the common perception. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:44:20 +0000 Ruby de Luna 29148 at http://kuow.org Destigmatizing Dementia: 'We're Still Here' Missing Person Cases Involving Dementia Challenge Police http://kuow.org/post/missing-person-cases-involving-dementia-challenge-police <p>Memory loss is one of the symptoms of dementia. So is wandering. Over the last five years, at least 10 people in Washington state have died after wandering away from where they live. It’s a problem that communities will have to confront as the population ages. But not all police departments are prepared for these kinds of incidents.</p><p>There are different challenges when searching for people with dementia than for other missing person cases. Certain kinds of information play a key role, too. For example, when an elderly person is reported missing medical information is critical; it can mean the difference between life and death. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 19:00:00 +0000 Ruby de Luna 16906 at http://kuow.org Missing Person Cases Involving Dementia Challenge Police 94-Year-Old Seattle Alzheimer's Patient Discovers New Artistic Talent http://kuow.org/post/94-year-old-seattle-alzheimers-patient-discovers-new-artistic-talent <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>One of the hardest things for families dealing with <a href="http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/publication/alzheimers-disease-fact-sheet">Alzheimer’s disease</a> is loss -- loss of memory, loss of a loved one's ability to recognize family, and sometimes, loss of the ability to communicate. The changes can be devastating. But one Seattle woman found a way to be part of her mother’s new world.<br> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 15:00:48 +0000 Ruby de Luna 9182 at http://kuow.org 94-Year-Old Seattle Alzheimer's Patient Discovers New Artistic Talent