What My Grandchildren Taught Me about Alzheimer’s Disease - Dana Olivia Dunn Territo

What My Grandchildren Taught Me about Alzheimer’s Disease - Dana Olivia Dunn Territo


What My Grandchildren Taught Me about Alzheimer’s Disease - Dana Olivia Dunn Territo

Dana Olivia Dunn Territo [+-]
Advocate for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease
Dana Olivia Dunn Territo has always shared a passion and love for the older generation, particularly those affected with Alzheimer’s disease. For over 30 years she has worked and advocated for this population. She was on the committee that started the first Alzheimer’s Walk Fundraiser in Baton Rouge and the original Activity Director in the first Alzheimer’s secured unit in a nursing home in the city. She later served as an advisor to build Louisiana’s first Alzheimer’s Social Model Day Respite Center, a center of which she subsequently worked as director and one that was later nationally recognized. She has served on local, state, and national organizations promoting quality care for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, and her programs and training curricula she developed for Alzheimer’s care have helped caregivers and healthcare professionals alike to meander the arduous journey of the disease. Since 2013, Dana has voluntarily written a weekly Alzheimer’s Question and Answer column in The Advocate, a Baton Rouge-based newspaper with a circulation of over 98,000.


How does a polar bear pooping on a rug turn into a lesson on Alzheimer’s behaviors of paranoia and hallucinations? Or a pregnant aunt turn into a lesson about long-term care decisions? The innocent dialogue and anecdotes the author has recorded for years between her and her grandchildren serve as introductions---and lessons learned-- to managing the daily responsibilities in Alzheimer’s care. These poignant stories and insightful perspectives from the author serve as a fresh approach in understanding the disease. Thought-provoking, humorous, and endearing, the content in the chapters will have you experiencing the journey of Alzheimer’s disease in a most light-hearted and non-threatening way, so much so that you will hardly realize how much knowledge and skills you are acquiring along the way. From understanding the components of the disease, to discovering various ways to communicate, to coping with difficult behavioral expressions; from weaving through all the emotions experienced by the caregiver, to understanding person-centered care, to the importance of social engagement, and much, much more, this book is a vital and very handy resource for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

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Territo, Dana Olivia Dunn. Epilogue. What My Grandchildren Taught Me about Alzheimer’s Disease. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 211-215 Sep 2022. ISBN 9781800502208. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=43559. Date accessed: 05 Mar 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.43559. Sep 2022

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