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Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - October 2007 Individuals affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (AD/RD) gradually lose the ability to perform tasks of daily living. This, combined with memory loss and poor judgment skills, adds up to an accident waiting to happen. Safety precautions need be taken and homes altered to accommodate the person with AD/RD.

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - September 2007 In trying to keep up with information on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (AD/RD), I subscribe to magazines and online newsletters related to the topic. My eyes are trained to scan newspapers for anything pertaining to dementia. I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the amount of information available. I read one article only to read another that contradicts the first.

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - July/August 2007 Caregivers for Alzheimer affected individuals know how many challenging behaviours there are to deal with. They face them daily. Every caregiver will have a different tolerance level for each situation. One behaviour caregivers say drives them over the edge is verbal repetition.

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - June 2007 We all have moments of forgetfulness, often lightheartedly referred to as senior moments. Leaving a shopping mall, we are unable to remember where we parked our car. We know that we drove to the mall and that we parked the car somewhere. We backtrack our steps to figure out which door we walked through.

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - May 2007 Most often, when I suggest a support group to a client they quickly respond negatively. They hesitate with replies such as “I am not a support group person” or “I’ve always been fairly private about my personal life” or “I’m shy” or “I’m not interested in sitting around with a group and listening to their problems. I have enough of my own.”

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - March 2007 Chatting with a friend over lunch, the conversation turned to the popular TV show Grey’s Anatomy. I remarked on the previous night’s episode, where the focus was on Meredith’s mother, who has Alzheimer’s Disease. The details are not as important as what shows like these bring to the world of dementia. It wasn’t that long ago that people didn’t feel comfortable speaking about dementia in their family, and treated this disease as a shameful secret.