Jennifer Wegerer

About Jennifer Wegerer

Jennifer Wegerer is a writer and editor living in the Pacific Northwest. Originally from the Midwest, Jennifer graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in English and later earned a Certificate in Project Management from Portland State University. She's worked as a writer in the technical communications and marketing fields for over 15 years, taking a short break along the way to have twins. Along with writing, she enjoys movies, yoga, beach trips, wine tasting, and the chance to relax with friends and family.

How Positive Environments Dramatically Affect Alzheimer’s

How Positive Environments Dramatically Affect Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease changes how seniors interpret their environment. Names, places and people they know become unfamiliar, leading to disorientation, stress and isolation. But creating a positive environment, conducive to a senior’s comforts and needs, can help reinforce well-being. Creating a Positive Environment for Seniors with Alzheimer’s As the Victorian Department of Health explains, Alzheimer’s makes […]

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How Sensory Stimulation Can Help Alzheimer’s

How Sensory Stimulation Can Help Alzheimer’s

Originally used as a therapy in Europe, sensory stimulation has gained prominence in the United States as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Using everyday objects, therapists can trigger emotions and memories in seniors who have lost their ability to connect with the world around them. Sensory Stimulation Therapy Sensory stimulation uses everyday objects to arouse one or […]

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5 Reasons to Make a Memory Box for Alzheimer’s

5 Reasons to Make a Memory Box for Alzheimer’s

For loved ones, parents or seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, a memory box can help recall events and people from the past. These memories can stimulate the senior, prompting conversation with loved ones.  Whether a family photo, newspaper clipping or other prop; memory boxes hold items that bring us back to a moment in time that we […]

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The Importance of Building Dementia-Friendly Communities

The Importance of Building Dementia-Friendly Communities

A new study from Britain reveals that one-third of people with dementia feel let down by their local communities. However, by transforming themselves into dementia-friendly communities, cities and towns can help dementia sufferers feel less like a burden and more a part of local life. How Dementia-Friendly Communities Make a Difference An unfortunate trend, more […]

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Empathy for Alzheimer’s: The Validation Method

Empathy for Alzheimer’s: The Validation Method

Developed in the 1960s and 1970s, the Validation Method is a holistic therapy for treating Alzheimer’s disease. It focuses on empathy and provides a means for Alzheimer’s patients to communicate. It’s creator, Naomi Feil, offers workshops that teach invaluable techniques for connecting with senior patients, enhancing their dignity and bringing them peace. Learn more about using […]

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10 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s You May Have Missed

10 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s You May Have Missed

Many assume they’re the same, but dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are distinct conditions. People with dementia suffer from a set of symptoms that impact thinking and memory, where Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that impairs thought, memory and speech. Although some forms of dementia can be reversed, a cure for Alzheimer’s is yet to […]

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Is Alzheimer’s Genetic?

Is Alzheimer’s Genetic?

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease affects over five million people in the U.S. and eliminating the disease would save more than half a million lives every year. Though the cause of Alzheimer’s still eludes researchers, it has been linked to certain genetic factors. Learn more about how scientists continue to examine these inherited factors. Although […]

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I Have Alzheimer’s, Now What?

I Have Alzheimer’s, Now What?

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis is life changing. But, finding ways to cope and take care of your emotional needs are just as important as planning for it’s impending progression. Learn about finding support during this time. Anger, denial, depression, fear. These feelings may just be the start of your reaction to an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. As […]

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6 Care Options for Alzheimer’s Patients

6 Care Options for Alzheimer’s Patients

Care needs for those with Alzheimer’s disease can change as the stages of the disease progress. Creating a plan soon after diagnosis will help ensure that care requests from your loved one are considered and incorporated into their life with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s affects each person differently, though you can expect some symptoms to worsen over time. […]

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