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.

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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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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10 Signs of Frontotemporal Dementia

10 Signs of Frontotemporal Dementia

A group of disorders caused by cell degeneration, frontotemporal dementia (FTD) affects the brain, specifically its areas associated with personality, behavior and language. Once considered a rare disease, FTD may account for 20-50% of dementia cases in people younger than age 65, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. FTD causes cell damage that shrinks the brain’s frontal (area […]

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The Best Emotional Support Groups for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

The Best Emotional Support Groups for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can present exhausting challenges and take significant toll on a caregiver’s health. But, a support group can give you the assistance and reassurance you need to manage stress and take time for your own much-needed care. Caregivers take on tremendous responsibilities that can easily overwhelm them. Ongoing guilt, anxiety […]

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Celebrities Who Have Been Touched by Alzheimer’s

Celebrities Who Have Been Touched by Alzheimer’s

Many celebrities who have been touched by Alzheimer’s have used their influence to help raise awareness about this disease, promote greater research funding and support families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s. The sixth leading cause of death in the United States, Alzheimer’s disease has no cure and its causes are not yet fully understood. According to […]

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