Jean’s story

Jean’s story

Jean Lee is the author of Alzheimer’s Daughter and a member of AlzAuthors. When both her parents were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s she became their primary carer. “My parents were physically healthy, actively involved community members, and business owners into their ..

Nov 25, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Depression & dementia: The unseen pain (Part II)

Depression & dementia: The unseen pain (Part II)

What to do when someone with dementia faces depression Depression is more common than you might think in dementia. Read our previous blog to understand depression in dementia: what it is, its causes, symptoms and impact. Now, let’s look at ..

Nov 18, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Depression & dementia: The unseen pain (Part I)

Depression & dementia: The unseen pain (Part I)

Understanding depression in dementia Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Hawking, Michelangelo, Winston Churchill. Do you know what they all have in common other than being some of the most successful people in history?  The title of this article probably gave away the ..

Nov 11, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Author & carer Vicki Tapia: Advice from my own experience

Author & carer Vicki Tapia: Advice from my own experience

Vicki is the author of two books, and a co-founder of AlzAuthors. She cared for her parents, when they were diagnosed with dementia and supporting families affected by dementia has become her passion. What is your advice for families living ..

Nov 4, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Interview with Vicki Tapia: Author, Carer & Co-founder

Interview with Vicki Tapia: Author, Carer & Co-founder

Giulia: Hi Vicki, it’s great to speak to you. Thanks so much for joining me today. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Vicki: Thank you, Giulia. It’s great to be here. I’m the author of two books, ..

Oct 28, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Art & Dementia: Living in the moment

Art & Dementia: Living in the moment

“All of our art experiences are the same as they would be for anyone else. We just make some slight changes to make it more comfortable for someone living with dementia and a family member or friend.” This month I ..

Apr 22, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Forget-me-not: The impact of memory loss in dementia

Forget-me-not: The impact of memory loss in dementia

In last week’s blog I discussed how memory works and why it becomes affected in dementia. Today, I will look at how memory loss can affect day-to-day life and what can be done to help. How does memory loss affect ..

Apr 8, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Forget-me-not: Understanding memory loss in dementia

Forget-me-not: Understanding memory loss in dementia

Most people only associate dementia with memory loss, because memory loss is often one of the first signs of dementia, especially in Alzheimer’s disease. However, dementia is an umbrella term that describes a wide range of symptoms, including changes in ..

Apr 1, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Carer interviews: ‘Their home first. Our work second.’

Carer interviews: ‘Their home first. Our work second.’

“All of the bad press for the carers – don’t tar us all with the same brush. All the bad is out in the news because other staff members have spoken out against it.”- Catherine In my previous blog, I ..

Mar 4, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Carer interviews: ‘There’s nothing more rewarding’

Carer interviews: ‘There’s nothing more rewarding’

I had the privilege of speaking to four remarkable women that have spent a lot of their time caring for people with dementia. Their professional and personal experiences have given them unique insights into what it means to look after ..

Feb 25, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre