"As Alzheimer's disease progresses, the need to nurture, love and be loved increases." American Assoc Geriatric Psychiatrists

Memorable Mondays

Memorable Mondays: People with Alzheimer's Need Entertainment (Orig. Published Feb 19th, 2013)

Today's Memorable Monday post reaffirms the play and entertainment needed by loved ones with Alzheimer's as they mentally regress into childhood. Just like young children, patients with varying degrees of Alzheimer's enjoy games, puzzles, and playing with and caring for dolls and stuffed toys.

People With Alzheimer’s Need Entertainment (Originally published Feb 19th, 2013)

Written by: Bettina Dickson

When my mother was with us, I remember how much she loved to “play” and be entertained. I used to dance and sing for her and she would just get so tickled and laugh until she almost cried! Of course, her beloved Caldonia, her Memorable Pet cat, was always part of the fun. Our motto was “fun first”! Oh how I miss those child-like times with her.

Marie Marley wrote this article about how people with Alzheimer’s need entertainment for therapeutic stimulation. Their needs vary from stage to stage of the disease. Read more here: Creative Entertainment for People With Early- and Mid-Stage Alzheimer's

Memorable Mondays: Bettina Attends Her First National Trade Show In Washington DC (Originally Posted March 30th, 2012)

This Memorable Monday post was originally written and posted in 2012, when Bettina Dickson attended the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatrists Conference with a table promoting Memorable Pets and the comfort they provide to patients diagnosed with severe dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Bettina Attends Her First National Trade Show In Washington DC (Originally published on March 30th, 2012)

Written by: Bettina Dickson

Bettina shows Memorable Pets at the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatrists Conference!

I was amazed at how much attention our table received. The pets are definitely why people stopped by. As I explained how they were used for therapy and comfort, I received a lot of confirmation on the concept. One psychiatrist even said to me in a low voice, “We spend so much money on research, but it’s really things like what you’re doing that makes all the difference in people’s lives.” This was very gratifying to hear!