The odds of dementia get grimmer as we get older, roughly doubling every five years after age 65. 

Tia Powell, physician and ethicist, knew this well; it still did not prepare her for her grandmother and then mother developing dementia.  The journey changed her outlook, from cure to care, working to make life as good and happy as possible for people with declining mental abilities. 

Dr. Powell tells her story in Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End

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John Kalb is a chiropractor in Ashland, but his health interests go well beyond bones and joints. 

He focuses on the brain in his second book, Keep Your Marbles

It's addressed to fellow baby boomers who notice changes in how their brains work (and occasionally do not seem to work).  Think of it as a tuneup and maintenance guide for the aging brain. 

Raising The Standard Of Dementia Care

Feb 13, 2015

An aging population means more likely cases of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in the years ahead. 

Dementia patients will need caregivers, and many will be needed. 

An effort is underway to make sure the caregivers give a standard of quality care. 

The Oregon Caregiver Training Initiative is set up to raise and maintain that standard. 

Options For Learning About Dementia

Nov 19, 2013
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We did not used to worry so much about dementia in old age, but then we also did not live so long a few decades ago. 

November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month, a chance to get acquainted with the many programs and offerings for people who are either patients of a particular kind of dementia, or people who just want to know more.