Yellow Pages |   News Updates |   Events Calendar |   Movie Times | Recycling
Rocklin & Roseville Today Local Events
HOME

Advocate Providing Dementia Help



For ten years, Gary LeBlanc of Spring Hill, Florida, was the caregiver for his father, who had Alzheimer's disease before passing away in 2009. The next year, his mother began experiencing vascular dementia, the second most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer's disease in people over 65.

In a telephone interview, 54-year-old LeBlanc said, "So it's been an 18-year journey for me. I've been involved with (dementia) non-stop. My mom is in hospice now and is dying of vascular dementia. It is what it is. It came out of her diabetes." According to the National Institutes of Health, vascular dementia "is caused by a series of small strokes" and risk factors for getting it include diabetes, hardening of the arteries, smoking, high blood pressure, and stroke.

He said, "These two diseases, Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia, are completely different. Some things my father handled well and others my mother does well." For example, he said "sundowning" was much more intense in his mother. He defined sundowning as "the intensification of agitation and confusion in the later hours of the day." About two-thirds of people with dementia experience sundowning, which he believed occurs due to mental and physical exhaustion from fighting the disease. In being a proactive caregiver, LeBlanc said he and his mother often sit outside late afternoons to talk, an hour before her sundowning usually begins.

To help others experiencing dementia, LeBlanc two years ago founded the online group "Dementia Mentors," which features people with dementia helping each other. Members can socialize through web cams sometimes hours a day, receive emotional support, and gather information from people with similar symptoms.

LeBlanc said, "I'm seeing people keeping their (dementia) symptoms at bay because of (interacting) with others in this group. Dementia Mentors is one of the best programs I have been involved with." In addition, he emphasized the role of exercise, keeping bad cholesterol low, and perhaps participating in adult daycare to slow disease progression. Besides Dementia Mentors, LeBlanc founded the Alzheimer's/Dementia Wristband Project, which has been helping hospitals around the nation become more dementia friendly and knowledgeable.

On an aside, LeBlanc said many physicians fail to properly diagnose "mixed dementia," which occurs when a person simultaneously has Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia, for instance. He also added to the list of vascular dementia risk factors untreated sleep apnea, which can limit oxygen getting to the brain.


Sponsored by Blue Valley Sod.

Daniel J. Vance is a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor from Vernon Center, Minn. His weekly newspaper column Disabilities has been published in more than 260 newspapers.

Daniel J. Vance may be reached at www.danieljvance.com



Placer County News Headlines

Chicago the TRIBUTE to play Opera House Saloon in Roseville(ROSEVILLE, CA) - Chicago the TRIBUTE, a 9-piece tribute to the band with the horns and hits will be playing the Opera House Saloon Roseville on Thursday, March 30

Roseville Criminal Activity Heats UpRoseville, CA- As the weather heats up, so does Roseville criminal activity. The Roseville police log digest update for the ten-day period covering March 10-20, 2017.

Free STD and STI Testing and Treatment in Roseville(Roseville, CA) - Sierra Pregnancy & Health (SPH) announced they have begun offering free testing and treatment for STD/STIs, including gonorrhea and chlamydia

Placer County Government Center ProposalAUBURN, Calif. -- After considerable analysis, stakeholder engagement, design and planning, the Placer County Board of Supervisors were presented a plan for a re-envisioned Placer County Government

Ghost in the Shell coming to IMAXGhost in the Shell: An IMAX 3D Experience opens at the Esquire IMAX Theatre on March 30 at 7:00 p.m

Auburn Art Walk begins April 7The Auburn Art Walk will take place on the first Friday of April, June, August and October 2017, from 6 pm to 9 pm

Achieve Tahoe to Host Ability Challenge Fundraiser at Squaw ValleyAlpine Meadows, CA - Achieve Tahoe, a leading provider of winter and summer adaptive sports instruction at all ability levels for adults and children with disabilities

Guys and Dolls at William Jessup University in AprilROCKLIN, CA. - William Jessup University's Creative Arts department presents Guys and Dolls for six weekend performances, starting April 7-8-9.

Prenatal Health Services to begin at Auburn Health CenterAUBURN, CA - Chapa-De Indian Health is proud to announce that its Auburn Health Center will begin providing prenatal health services to patients starting this week.

Roseville Skatetown to Host Curling BonspielRoseville, CA -Brand New Barrel Bonspiel Brings 16 California Curling Teams to Roseville on March 24-26.

Placer Valley Tourism to operate Placer County FairgroundsAUBURN, Calif. -- The Placer County Board of Supervisors today approved Placer Valley Tourism, a private nonprofit organization, as the new operator of the Placer County Fairgrounds

Roseville Gas Price Competition StiffensRoseville, CA - Competition has stiffened as Roseville gas prices were mostly flat during this past week.


more news