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The Irmo News: Dr. Carlos W. Gibbons has been awarded the 2016 Poet of the Year Award by the PoetryFest Foundation. Gibbons has a poem in the 2016 PoetryFest Publication, “On the Wings of Angels,” and has been cited as one of PoetryFest’s brightest poetry stars. Gibbons is a native ••• Read More

Leeza Gibbons knows firsthand of the devastation that Alzheimer’s disease can cause a family. After the loss of her grandmother and the diagnosis of her mother, Leeza and her family created the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation to meet the growing needs of those impacted by memory disorders. Interviewed by Winn ••• Read More

Alzheimer’s disease directly affects parts of the brain responsible for communication. Patients find it harder to both understand others and explain themselves. Patients also begin to forget the names of once familiar objects such as watches or pens. Early in the disease, people with Alzheimer’s are often able to hide ••• Read More

From Alzheimer’s Reading Room The caregiver begins to acquire empathy by asking how, why, what. How is the person who is deeply forgetful feeling? Why is the person who is deeply forgetful acting this way? What do they need? Learning How to Communicate with Someone Living with Alzheimer’s The only way the ••• Read More

Celebrations don’t need to end or even dim because someone has dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.  Even after the death of a loved one, I believe that, on special occasions , such as Valentine’s Day, pretending it isn’t happening just dishonors that the love ever existed. So what do you do ••• Read More

My single friends call Valentine’s Day  “Singles Awareness” Day, and there’s a lot we can learn from shifting the focus from romantic love.  After all, it’ s not until we can love ourselves authentically that we can even attract and receive the love of another.  So this V-Day, let’s remind ••• Read More

I call these “Five to SURVIVE.” Use these tips to write your Caregiver Contract with Yourself. Check out mine below. 1. Me First Take your oxygen first, so that you’ll be emotionally and physically ready. Better care for you means better outcomes for the care receiver. 2. Tell Someone Reach ••• Read More

South Carolina State House Lt. Governor Henry McMaster and Irmo native Leeza Gibbons marked the occasion recognizing the nearly 800,000 South Carolinians who provide free care and support to chronically ill and disabled loved ones. “470 billion dollars in unpaid care is what caregivers provide. that’s twice as much as home ••• Read More

Promoting Health and Independence for an Aging Population At A Glance 2016 Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia, is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that affects an estimated 5.4 million Americans. It is the sixth leading cause of death among all adults and the fifth leading cause for those aged ••• Read More

  Today, DR. OZ is cutting your Alzheimer’s risk because with more research, breakthroughs and potential cures on the horizon than ever before, the time to take action is now. On the show, we have experts on the forefront of Alzheimer’s prevention and research. We’ve got prevention specialist Dr. Richard ••• Read More

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