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Alzheimer’s disease, like other forms of memory loss and dementia, is generally diagnosed by recognizing a series of symptoms. Some of these symptoms include: confusion, inability to recognize common things, loss of appetite, mood swings, inability to create new memories, sundowning and other indicators. Sometimes it’s difficult for caregivers and doctors to recognize the difference between specific types of dementia, since symptoms can cross diagnoses.

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Tim Tholen, CEO and Founder of Thoughtful Health Care and its affiliates in Kansas City hosted experts  Michelle Niedens, Licensed Social Worker, and the director of My Alliance for Cognitive Health, a community-based program focused on early detection, provider partnerships, and education and Eric Vidoni, PT, PhD, Director of the Outreach, Recruitment and Education Core for the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center and a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. ​

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Tim Tholen, CEO and Founder of Thoughtful Health Care and its affiliates in Kansas City welcomed Chief of Prairie Village Police, Tim Schwartzkopf ​and Dr. James Birch, Jr.,​ Associate Professor of Family Medicine at The University of Kansas School of Medicine as guests to speak in the livestream video “Preventing Wandering and Promoting Safety.” These experts spoke with Tim about preventing incidents and handling safety issues both inside and outside of the home.

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Tim Tholen, CEO and Founder of Thoughtful Health Care and its affiliates in Kansas City has had to answer a very important question from clients for many years. When—and how—do we take the car keys away?  In the video, “When Driving Becomes Dangerous,” Tim helps identify and address some of these issues to help family members take control of a potentially dangerous situation.

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Living with Dementia

Living with dementia is demanding, putting strain on caregivers that has lasting impact. Although dementia has different diagnoses—whether it’s Alzheimer’s Parkinson’s Disease, Lewey Body Dementia or other forms of memory loss—the strain on the caregiver is a proven fact. That’s why our professionals at Thoughtful Care have put together a self-care guide for those caring for loved ones with dementia.

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