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Jan Dougherty
Jan Dougherty, RN, MS, currently serves as Family and Community Services Director at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. She is responsible for setting a new standard of care for patients with dementia and their families through the development and implementation of innovative programs including early stage programming, arts and dementia, an array of caregiver education programs and Native American Outreach. Jan has extensive experience in dementia care as she has developed many pioneering programs being used in Arizona and nationally. She completed her BSN from Valparaiso University and her MS in Gerontological Nursing from the University of Arizona.

Entries by Jan Dougherty

Surviving the Holidays With Alzheimer's: The 12 Days of Holiday Advice

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 9:00 AM

The holidays can bring joy and excitement, but they can also contribute to added stress, especially for those with dementia and their caregivers. Whether you are preparing for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or general end-of-year celebrations, the Banner Alzheimer's Institute has compiled our "12 Days of Holiday Advice" to...

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National Family Caregivers Month: Your Alzheimer's Caregiving Questions Answered

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 10:06 AM

More than 15 million Americans have assumed the role of a caregiver for a family member or loved one with Alzheimer's disease. This role is a difficult one that comes with the demands of constant changes and very difficult decision-making. It also requires you to learn many new skills and...

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World Alzheimer's Day: 4 Simple Ways to Sharpen Your Memory

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 2:00 PM

Where did I put my car keys? What is the name of the movie I saw last week? What did I come into this room for? If you have to ask yourself these questions on occasion, this doesn't mean that you have the beginning stages of Alzheimer's disease. In fact,...

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Traveling With Alzheimer's

(2) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 2:30 PM

Susan was traveling with her husband to Hawaii to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Bob, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease three years prior, could no longer work or drive or plan anything on his own, but he could still walk, talk and live a relatively normal life. Before...

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Recognizing Heroes at Home: Male Caregivers

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Ed Mitchell of Phoenix, Arizona, is a retired pastor who currently cares for his wife with early-onset Alzheimer's and helps his aging mother, who has Lewy body dementia. From medical appointments to therapy classes and laundry to finances, Ed provides round-the-clock care all while maintaining the house and cooking. Being...

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The Worried Well: Five Ways To Sharpen Your Memory

(10) Comments | Posted July 5, 2013 | 8:12 AM

With 10,000 adults turning 65 each day, boomers are the most active generation we have seen in our lifetime. However, as our population ages, many can't help but worry if a "senior moment" might actually be something worse.

As Alzheimer's is the only top 10 cause of death without...

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Dementia From A Distance: Tips For Long-Distance Caregivers

(6) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 7:36 AM

Joan Byrd grew up in a family of six. She and her siblings were raised to stay connected with one another no matter where they went. Each year, Joan would make the trek from Phoenix to Washington, DC to visit her older sister. After a case of shingles put her...

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How to Cope With Alzheimer's and Intimacy

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 2:15 PM

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor saw her husband, who suffered from Alzheimer's, fall in love with fellow Alzheimer's patient. O'Connor didn't become angry, but handled the situation with grace and care. While Alzheimer's robs people of their cognitive and reasoning abilities, it does not take away the basic...

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