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Deadly Delirium

This essay first appeared on The day I showed up at the hospital, Pat’s nightmare had been running almost ceaselessly for several weeks. I found him tossing in bed, sweat pouring from his face, as he strained against the cloth ties tethering his wrists to the bed rail. A hulking man in life, Pat […]

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The Importance Of Our Stories In A World Of Scarce Financial Resources

Approximately five million people in the U.S. have some degree of dementia, a number assured to increase with the aging population. Dementia is sometimes mistakenly considered to be one disease, but it includes Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, alcohol-induced dementia and others. Dementia is the most common reason driving placement in nursing homes, […]

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Soup For The Soul: Living With Alzheimer’s

Life Matters Media was given permission to share an excerpt from Carrie Jackson’s essay set to appear in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias. Jackson’s father died from Alzheimer’s disease in 2012, after nearly three years in hospice care. Jackson serves in the Memory Care unit at the Mather Pavilion in Evanston, […]

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Dementia And Advance Care Planning: Hospice And Palliative Care Symposium

Every 68 seconds, someone in America becomes diagnosed with dementia, Dr. Shellie N. Williams, of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, told physicians and medical professionals Wednesday during her lecture “Dementia and Advance Care Planning.” As part of the Hospice and Palliative Care Symposium at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Williams encouraged physicians to […]

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