Alzheimer's disease

Dating
3:04 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Is Romance An Option When Your Spouse Has Alzheimer's Disease?

Jim Garrett with his fiance, Becky Wells. Garrett began dating Wells after his wife developed Alzheimer's disease. (Photo courtesy of Jim Garrett)

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 12:26 pm

The baby boomer generation is beginning to confront Alzheimer’s disease, and for some people that may mean losing a spouse to a disease that robs them of their memory and ultimately their identity.

What happens when your partner is no longer the person you knew — but someone you may care for at home, or who may be institutionalized — can you begin to date other people? Should you look for another companion even though your spouse is still alive?

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Alzheimer's Awareness
7:44 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Destigmatizing Dementia: 'We're Still Here'

Roger Stocker joins a gathering at the Greenwood Alzheimer's Cafe. He was diagnosed with dementia three years ago.
Credit Courtesy Greenwood Senior Center

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.

At least that's the common perception.

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Senior Safety
11:28 am
Fri July 19, 2013

The Dangers Of Wandering For Dementia Patients

When people have Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, they are at risk for wandering.  What that really means is they get lost. For an elderly person, that can sometimes lead to death. In Washington in the last five years, at least 10 people with some form of dementia have died after getting lost.

Jason Alcorn from Investigate West  has been looking into the problem in collaboration with KUOW and KCTS 9 and he tells Ross Reynolds what he’s found.

Dementia And Creativity
7:00 am
Wed March 6, 2013

94-Year-Old Seattle Alzheimer's Patient Discovers New Artistic Talent

One of Jean Raichle's paintings. When she finishes a piece she often has no memory that she did it.
Jean Raichle

One of the hardest things for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease 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.

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Building Community
11:20 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Patients And Caregivers Find Support At Greenwood Alzheimer's Cafe

Wolfgang and Inge Hesse find support and friendship at the Alzheimer's Cafe.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

It’s estimated that there are more than five million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. That number is expected to grow as the population ages. One of the major problems associated with the disease is isolation, both for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. A Seattle program provides them a place to socialize and find support.

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