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Getting loved ones (and ourselves) the coronavirus vaccine

By Lauren Mahakian Contributing writer. Originally published in PV News on 2/4/2021 Each week I hold a support group meeting, founded to help local residents find direction and help with caring for their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. I lead the...

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How to deal with the pandemic isolation blues

By Lauren Mahakian Contributing writer. Originally published in PV News on 1/13/2021 Borrowing from a famous quote by Mark Twain, the running joke is that reports of the death of the year 2020 have been greatly exaggerated. Sadly, the joke is laced with more truth...

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Caregiver’s guide to choosing healthful comfort food

By Lauren Mahakian Contributing writer. Originally published in PV News on 10/30/2020 I recently greeted Dr. John La Puma as a guest on my podcast show, "Unlocking the Doors of Dementia with Lauren." Dr. La Puma is a board-certified physician who is also a...

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Wire Your Brain for Happiness

By Lauren Mahakian. Originally published in "Lauren Mahakian, the Alzheimer's Insighter" in Santa Ynez Valley News - 4-8-2021 People who care for loved ones with dementia, especially when those loved ones are relatives, are often also concerned about whether they will...

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The Human Touch

By Lauren Mahakian. Originally published in "The Alzheimer's Whisperer" in PV News It’s feels like a bazillion months since March 2020 when we first isolated because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It wasn’t so bad at first, other than facing a shortage of toilet paper,...

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Music Tap Dances into Long-Term Memory

By Lauren Mahakian. Originally published in "The Alzheimer's Whisperer" in PV News - 8-6-2020 We’ve all had “that” experience with music. You’re going about your life working, playing, or whatever, and you suddenly become aware of a song playing, one that takes you...

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LIVE LOVE ART

By Lauren Mahakian. Originally published in "The Alzheimer's Whisperer" in PV News - 10-8-2020 At the beginning of 2020, I was excitedly working on a new venture to help those with memory impairments called, “LIVE LOVE ART.” It was to launch in April 2020—and then...

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Isolation Blues

By Lauren Mahakian. Originally published in "The Alzheimer's Whisperer" in PV News The last two months have been a roller coaster ride, from hearing about some virus that originated overseas to being isolated in our homes and denied access to the beach, hiking trails,...

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