2013 ALTY Awards - Assisted Living Today
Best Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Care Articles – 2012 ALTY Awards

Winning Article

The winner of the 2012 ALTY Award for “Best Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Care Blog” is:

Fight of My Lifeby Norm McNamara, Fisher Center

Congratulations to our winner, Norm McNamara! The winner can get a winner’s badge here.

Runner-Up Article

The Long Goodbye… – by Gary Joseph LeBlanc, The Fisher Center

Congratulations to our runner-up as well. Nice work! Get your runner-up badge here.

Finalist Articles

And let’s not forget the finalists whose articles stood out from hundreds of great blog posts.

Learning How to Communicate with Someone Suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease – by Bob DeMarco, Alzheimer’s Reading Room
No Thanks, We’re Fine: Supporting Families Living with Dementia – by Alzheimer’s Speaks
Principles for a Dignified Diagnosis in Alzheimer’sby Elayne Forgie, ElderCare at Home

Congratulations to all our finalists as well. Nice work! Finalists can get a finalist badge here.

Final Voting Results

Here’s a look at how all the blogs fared in the public voting.

  • Fight of My Life (59%, 5,891 Votes)
  • The Long Goodbye… (39%, 3,957 Votes)
  • Learning How to Communicate with Someone Suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease (1%, 120 Votes)
  • No Thanks, We’re Fine: Supporting Families Living with Dementia (0%, 44 Votes)
  • Principles for a Dignified Diagnosis in Alzheimer’s (0%, 26 Votes)

Total Voters: 10,037

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Thanks to everyone who voted, and congratulations again to the winner, runner-up all ALT finalists.

 


 

Nominated Article Descriptions

No Thanks, We’re Fine: Supporting Families Living with Dementia – by Alzheimer’s Speaks

This video blog gives a real world, real word representation of how caregivers are dealing with family members living with dementia. It offers practical advice from those in the trenches to others who are caring for their loved one suffering from memory impairment. Different types of dementia and respite care is highlighted.

Learning How to Communicate with Someone Suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease – by Bob DeMarco, Alzheimer’s Reading Room

In this post, Bob DeMarco offers some thought provoking tips on communicating with someone who can understand everything you’re saying, but “can’t remember what the hell you just said.” He literally and metaphorically “steps” into another dimension, Alzheimer’s World, to gain a better understanding of how his mother is feeling in order to develop empathetic communication strategies.

Principles for a Dignified Diagnosis in Alzheimer’sby Elayne Forgie, ElderCare at Home

This first person narrative offers insights into the mind of someone getting the news they have Alzheimer’s. It’s a great reminder to caregivers that just because a person’s memory is beginning to decline, does not mean their dignity needs to be sacrificed as well.

The Long Goodbye… – by Gary Joseph LeBlanc, The Fisher Center

A disease that knows no prejudice and afflicts regardless of creed, culture, gender, rich or poor is climbing the scales as one of the leading causes of death across America. Gary Joseph LeBlanc  takes a look at how caregivers are often forced to share a “long goodbye” as their loved one withers away.

Fight of My Lifeby Norm McNamara, Fisher Center

Norm McNamara was diagnosed at 52 years old with Early Onset Alzheimer’s. He’s shares his intent to battle this disease in this poignant post of the troubles he faces on a daily basis. His sense of time is distorted and his frustrations mount when everyday tasks turn into monumental feats. He pleads that people not laugh at him when he’s confused but rather offer patience and understanding.

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