dementia

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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When Elderly Go Missing
12:00 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Missing Person Cases Involving Dementia Challenge Police

Anacortes Police Chief Bonnie Bowers looks out on the marsh where 69-year-old William Landers' body was found.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

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.

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.

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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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