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The Symptom of Being Tired – Alzheimer’s Video by Rick Phelps

This is the 7th video by Rick Phelps that I have posted. Rick is the founder of Memory People, an on-line support group for patients, caregivers, family members, and advocates who have been touched by Alzheimer’s. Rick was diagnosed with Early On-Set Alzheimer’s Disease in 2010 at the age of 57. Since then he has devoted himself to raising awareness about this terrible disease.

Today’s video was made on November 9, 2012. In it Rick talks about how tired he feels and tells caregivers not to worry if their loved one sleeps a lot. He also talks briefly about nightmares and driving, and he talks about Sam, his companion dog. (more…)

Alzheimer’s Video – Rick Phelps Talks about Losing Interest In Things

Rick Phelps has made a number of videos that chronicle his personal journey through Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. In this video he talks about how he struggles to maintain an interest in things that once were important to him and how hard it is to socialize, even with those he loves. (more…)

Alzheimer’s Video – Rick Phelps Talks about Reference Points in Memory Loss

For those who don’t know about him, Rick Phelps was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease in 2010 at the age of 57. In the hopes of raising awareness about the disease, he has made a number of videos  about his personal journey. With the same goal in mind, I’ve been posting his videos each Sunday. In today’s video, Rick talks about how loss of reference points affects a dementia patient’s ability to understand some things we take for granted like time and date. In the last half of the video, he tries to give caregivers a patient’s perspective on some common battlegrounds like hygiene issues. He also talks about his feelings about being placed in a residential care facility when the time comes. (more…)

Alzheimer’s Disease: I Knew – Video by Rick Phelps

Rick Phelps was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease in 2010 at the age of 57. In the hopes of raising awareness about the disease, he has made a number of videos about his personal journey. With the same goal in mind, I’ve been posting his videos each Sunday. This one was made February 4, 2011, and is titled “I Knew.” In it Rick talks about knowing something was wrong several years before he was actually diagnosed. He also talks about how difficult it is to explain what having Alzheimer’s is like, how different it is from forgetting the name of an acquaintance or misplacing the car keys. He also shares his desire to make the most of time with his family while he can still remember who they are. (more…)

Alzheimer’s Disease: Getting a Diagnosis – Video by Rick Phelps

Rick Phelps was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease in 2010 at the age of 57. Last Sunday I featured his most recent video in which he communicated by showings messages he had written on cards. Today I’m going back to the first video he made on January 1, 2011. You can see how far the disease has progressed in almost three years, and how much easier it was for him to communicate then than it is now. (more…)

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