Who Are We?
This song still touches my heart. In so many ways it is the experience of loving someone with dementia.
There is a need for mental activities that match the social, intellectual, and emotional level of people with early-onset dementia. Many people with this form of Alzheimer's dementia are still working, as is the caregiver. They want to be challenged and accepted for who they are right now.
It has been shown that some changes in life-style and continuing to challenge the mind can help slow the progression of the disease.
Memory DayByDay is dedicated to working with people diagnosed with early-onset and early-stage Alzheimer's dementia and their caregivers. These are people diagnosed before the age of 65.
Memory DayByDay was started by Tricia Bruketta, NP. My husband, Tom Ryan, was diagnosed while he was still working as medical director of a mental health clinic in the Tenderloin Area of San Francisco, CA. I had hoped he would be part of the program but he is now my angel taking care of me in heaven.