Writing Through the Fog: Three Authors Share Dementia Coping Strategies

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By Marianne Sciucco, New York, US

Anyone living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, and those who care for them, know the importance of lifestyle adjustments to successfully navigate this journey. From simple strategies like making lists, reducing social commitments, and focusing on tasks that bring joy, to complex maneuvers like family involvement in advanced directive planning, the lifestyle changes are indeed varied.

In this podcast hosted by Kensington Senior Living, three authors discuss the role of personalized coping mechanisms, underscoring the unique experience each individual and family uses to embrace and adapt to the uncertainties of Alzheimer’s. You’ll meet Daniel Gibbs, MD, a retired neurologist diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, Gerda Saunders, a retired instructor in the Gender Studies Program at the University of Utah diagnosed with cerebral microvascular disease, and Jane Dwinell, an RN, freelance writer, Unitarian Universalist minister, and caregiver to her late husband, Sky Yardley, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Moderated by AlzAuthors co-founder Marianne Sciucco and Susan Evans from Kensington Senior Living.

In this episode, you will:

  • Hear personal stories of living with Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Discover lifestyle modifications to better manage these conditions
  • Learn how to navigate daily life with dementia
  • Understand the importance of family support


“The more you know, the better you could love.” – Gerda Saunders

“What’s good for the heart is good for the head.” – Dr. Daniel Gibbs

“Take steps to incorporate lifestyle modifications into your own routine, such as getting regular exercise (aim for 10,000 steps a day), following a Mediterranean or Mind diet, staying socially and intellectually active, prioritizing adequate sleep (7.5 to 9 hours per night), and managing cardiovascular risk factors.” – Dr. Daniel Gibbs


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  1. Very insightful and detailed blog along with a great podcast. People with special needs should be handled and taken care of properly. I am surely gonna share this column with my friends and family.

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