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Memory & Dementia

Posted on: April 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Not too long ago, I was leaving Walmart, groceries in hand, when I realized I had no idea where I had parked my car. Doing what I do for a living, I immediately went to, “This is the beginning of memory loss.” However, after taking a deep breath, I remembered that I’d been talking on my phone while parking and entering the store, so I hadn’t been attentive to my environment. I still didn’t know where my car was, but at least I had a decent explanation why not.

So, with the thought that dementia wasn’t imminent, I began going through the parking lot, aiming my clicker at each aisle until I heard the beep of the horn and saw my lights flashing.
We all have moments like this. And really, in such instances, it is not a lack of memory, but a lack of purposeful attention to our environment that causes the inability to recall the needed information.
Your memory doesn’t work in isolation -- it’s an intricate process involving multiple parts of the brain working together.  



Jamie's Journey

In 2007, Jamie Wilson (founder and CEO of Dementia Services Group) began the complicated process of helping her once-independent mother adjust to life with dementia.

Jamie's Journey is deeply personal, but also universal. We hope that her trials and triumphs will shed light on the emotional and logistical issues that come with caring for someone with dementia.

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