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Recording the Life of Person Living with Dementia

My grandmother’s voice and lively mind, which I recorded, still survive and can be shared with all her descendants around the world. Alzheimer's Reading Room I read a really wonderful story in the Boston Globe today - Oral history: A palliative for Alzheimer’s afflicted minds - by Alex Kingsbury. Show More Summary

The Couple’s Guide to Thriving with ADHD: A Conversation with Melissa Orlov

Last Monday I had the pleasure of speaking with author Melissa Orlov about her latest book, The Couple’s Guide to Thriving with ADHD, co-authored with Nancie Kohlenberger. If you missed the webinar, here’s a truncated version of our conversation. To hear our conversation in its entirety, check out Psych Central’s Youtube Channel. Zoë: You talk […]

3 Secrets About Alzheimer's That Everyone Should Know #1 More There

The tendency is to focus in on what Alzheimer's patients can't do. This focus brings on feelings of hopelessness. Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading RoomLet me make this simple - Alzheimer's and dementia patients are capable of More Than We Can Imagine When you ask someone, What is Alzheimer's, they will usually use the word memory. Show More Summary

10 Questions That Will Transform Your Life with ADHD

woodleywonderworks via Compfight When I was little, asking questions often got me into trouble. I had questions about everything. Apparently this was annoying to teachers, parents, and random strangers. I still want to know everything about everything, but I’m learning to make that work for me in a practical sense. Ironically, asking questions has also […]

Is Your Brain Holding You Back?

You Cannot Change the Past But, You Can Change the Future. Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room Many Alzheimer's Care Partners comment about how they wish the person they are caring for would go back to the way they were. I think most...Show More Summary

You Were Always on My Mind

When I woke up this morning you were on my mind. Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading Room Dotty, March 26, 2012, 95 Years Old.Alzheimer's Survivor The instant I woke up this morning a song started playing in my head. Over and over.The title...Show More Summary

Things You Know and Might Not Know About ADHD

Milos Milosevic via Compfight Sure, you’ve been reading ADHD blogs, and you’ve got your subscription to ADDitude Magazine. You’re a webinar junkie and you’ve been using ADD Crusher’s instructional videos to crush your ADHD. You’ve read the ADHD classics and all the latest, including ADHD According to Zoë – The Real Deal on Relationships, Finding […]

Opening Doors to Recovery Program in Georgia

At our previous National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) meeting in Crawfordsville, IN, a couple participants mentioned that the state of Georgia provides a good model for how mental illness should be managed. In Indiana, we don’t have a well-coordinated system in place to help people with mental illness find their way back into society […]

ADHD: What Are We Good At? 5 Steps to Find Out

Andrew Mitchell via Compfight Recently, a woman we’ll call Jane asked me some questions that I think we’ve all asked at one time or another, so I’d like to share my response with all of you. Jane wrote: “I was only diagnosed with ADHD at 25. Trying to be something I’m not is the story […]

Can a Person Living with Dementia Become Happier and More Aware ?

It is not unusual for persons living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia to look different as the disease progresses. Sometimes they start to look dull, unaware, and sometimes mean. Dotty in 2005, I often thought,I know you are in there, and I am going to find you. Show More Summary

The Year in Review: An ADHD Balance Sheet for 2013

Using my relatively new-found skills of planning ahead, I’m reviewing 2013 to get a feel for what still needs to be done to educate others about ADHD (and improve my own management of it). I want to know what to focus on in 2014 (if, that is, I manage to focus on anything; it’s been […]

Am I Ready for My Closeup, Mr. DeMille? ADHD and Fame

It’s often said that acting is a great career for people with ADHD. After all, it’s a job with constant change: costumes, locations, and roles. Anything but boring, right? (and we all know that people with ADHD actually can die from boredom). I too assumed it was the highly stimulating nature of the work that […]

I am a rock. I am an island. (But, God, I don’t want to be either.)

You could be so armored-up and numb you really don't know. Still, I'll ask - are you feeling isolated, shielded - safe - in your deep and mighty fortress? The one you built when you decided you'd had enough...

There’s More to Be Aware of Than Just ADHD

More often than not ADHD comes along with a companion diagnosis. The usual suspects include depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, and learning disabilities, to name a few. So far, I’ve only been diagnosed with ADHD. On the other hand, the number and severity of my ADHD traits once caused a friend to pronounce me “President […]

The Mentalist’s guide to… putting on your make up

Back in the day, I wrote a tongue in cheek series of posts called, “The Insane Guide to…”.  They covered topics like looking like shit at a psychiatric appointment, mixed episodes and medication. Over the past day on Facebook, a few mentally interesting folks have been making make up tutorials, actual, useful ones like the […]

Dotty Lived with Alzheimer's, but did not let it define her

Dotty 2 months before her death, why did she look better than she had in over 8 years? By +Bob DeMarco +Alzheimer's Reading Room Click to play. Dotty 2 months before her death, why did she look better than she had in over 8 years? I'm...Show More Summary

Love is the Drug

Hamed Masoumi via Compfight If you’re over a certain age, you might remember Roxy Music’s song Love is the Drug. If love truly is a drug, there are no worse abusers than ADHDers. And most don’t even know they’re using. Untreated ADHDers have been known to use new, exciting romantic relationships to kick-start our brains, [...]

I Proudly Support the I Support You Movement

I couldn’t let World Breastfeeding Week go by without a blog post, especially since the I Support You movement is under way and quickly gaining momentum.  This is a movement I am so proud to be a part of, and I hope all mothers–currently breastfeeding versus bottlefeeding (or both), or who had previously breastfed or […]

2 Alzheimer's Tips That Worked with Dotty

Did Dotty do better than might have been expected during our 8 and a half years together because we lived a life full of activity and engaged in activities that helped her make new brain cells? By Bob DeMarco +Alzheimer's Reading Room When...Show More Summary

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