A Voice for Alzheimer’s Disease

Dear Readers,

No one likes talking about Alzheimer’s disease, but I am a firm believer in being educated on topics that may one day affect myself or my loved ones. Even though sometimes I like to pretend everyone I care about is invincible, it’s just not the reality. Many people think the forgetful person in their life is “just getting old and senile.” Before I became educated on this disease, that was a phrase that often came from my own mouth. But then my grandfather was diagnosed with dementia (which is caused by Alzheimer’s disease and/or other related neurological diseases). My family was dumbfounded. Why? Because we were not educated and not equipped to discern the warning signs that my grandfather clearly displayed.

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Everyday’s a Monday

Dear Readers,

Have you ever encountered a person whose every word was encompassed by contempt, despair, and a sense of entitlement to the Lord’s blessings?

I am not talking about a person who is going through a season of clinical depression, but rather someone who is occupied by a grumbling heart.

You know who I am talking about. The acquaintance you tend to avoid meeting for lunch because despite your best efforts, after spending time with this person, you feel icky and in low spirits.

I am going to claim that every one of you has experienced this particular situation.

Next question: Have YOU ever been this person?

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Agendas for Accountability and Expectations

Dear Readers,

If you are anything like me, creating an agenda prior to therapy sessions is necessary. Of course this does not imply the session is going to adhere to anything you have planned. But, it is nice to have a guide that is individualized for your client (especially if your caseload is growing quickly). It can be difficult to keep track of each client’s goals and deficits you are targeting.
Easy Agenda

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Perfecting the Oral Mechanism Exam

Dear Readers,

I know I am not the only clinician who has dreaded greeting new patients with a “Hi, I am here to poke around in your mouth and intentionally make you gag. Now, open wide!” The oral mech exam can be a daunting task for your patient. It requires that the patient trust you as a professional. And I do not think I am far off in presuming that this may be a difficult thing for them to do.

So, my advice to you would be to make the patient as comfortable as possible, and have some patience with them. As a medically fragile individual, the patient is doing the very best that he/she can (and that may not always look like compliance).

Oral Mechanism Exam
Graduate Study Program (UNCG)

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