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Dr. Erika Johnson-Jimenez is a Clinical Psychologist in Albuquerque, New Mexico providing psychological and cognitive evaluation services.

These uncertain times can be hard on everyone, especially families impacted by Alzheimer's and other dementia. The Alzheimer's Association has resources and information to help. If you or someone you know need support and advice, call their free 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 or get their COVID-19 dementia caregiver tips at We are all in this together.

The COVID-19 outbreak can add stress for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The Alzheimer's Association has a free, 24/7 helpline and online resources. Call 800.272.3900 or visit to learn how you and your loved one with dementia can stay healthy.

Most likely, dementia does not increase risk for COVID-19. However, dementia-related behaviors, increased age and common health conditions that often accompany dementia may increase risk. More information from the Alzheimer's Association at:

No one should face Alzheimer’s or other dementia alone. Get the support and information you need without leaving home through the free, 24/7 Alzheimer’s Association Helpline. Call today, 800.272.3900, or visit our online resources.

Dementia Issues - Wandering - Dr Jennifer Bute

This is a great 3 minute video on wandering.

[09/06/17]   Exciting news! As of 10/1/17, we will have a new location at 8200 Mountain Rd NE Suite 101 in Albuquerque!

90th birthday for this woman. But you're about to be Surprised .

What a wonderful reminder that elders have still got it!

Jean Veloz - 90th birthday (1 March 2014) Jean Phelps Veloz, the icon of the Hollywood-Style Lindy to new generations of swing dancers, provides a living bri...

Visiting With Relatives Who Have Alzheimer’s Disease: Some Tips for a Successful Visit

There are some great points here. A little planning ahead can make for a better visit for everyone. Learn 13 helpful tips and strategies for managing your relative’s challenges with communication, behavior changes, and memory loss.

Can A Cancer Drug Reverse Parkinson's Disease And Dementia? People with Parkinson's and related forms of dementia improved in a small study when they took a leukemia drug called nilotinib. Researchers say the drug seems to help brain cells eliminate toxins.

Three “Remarkable” Studies Say Clogged Pores May Cause ALS; Drug Targets ID’d Three studies, analyzing in different ways the leading ALS gene, came to what is being called a “remarkably” similar conclusion: the most common form of ALS may be caused by clogged pores in brain cell nuclear membranes.

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never never argue is the "N" in BANGS

This is so true. Never argue with an individual with dementia. It is the Cardinal Rule of Dementia Caregiving. This is a great blog! I spent years arguing with Mom and exacerbating no-win situations before I realized debate only created more anger and angst. By arguing, I became the cause of her "bad behaviour." It...

How to Live Well with Alzheimer’s - Article by Mike Good

Living well means different things to different people. This article has a lot of great ideas. When you ask people what living well means to them, you will get an array of answers.

Studies Confirm Brain Plaque Can Help Predict Alzheimer’s Data from the largest analysis to date of amyloid plaques showed they can appear 20 or 30 years before dementia symptoms.

Caregiver Stress That Leads to Yelling and Guilt - AARP

I like that this article also includes the step of forgiving yourself for the yelling. We can continue to learn and grow, but first we have to forgive and move forward. How to avoid becoming so overwhelmed that you yell at those you're caring for and, in turn, feel guilty.

[05/17/15]   Now on Twitter @abqpsychologist. To do: learn to tweet.

Harmonized neuroimaging protocol for measuring early sign of Alzheimer's has been developed.... After six years of painstaking research, a UCLA-led team has validated the first standardized protocol for measuring one of the earliest signs of Alzheimer's disease, the atrophy of the part of the...

New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function

I haven't read the actual research article yet, but this news could be world-changing. Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques - structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients. If a...

[03/10/15]   Exciting news! I have a new practice location: 3214 Purdue Pl NE in Albuquerque, much too conveniently located near wonderful restaurants. I will now offer clients the option of a home visit or the office space. I am also surrounded by wonderful clinicians for therapy referrals!

Alzheimer's & Dementia Prevention and Risk | Research Center | Alzheimer's Association

Want to protect your brain? Making good lifestyle choices, managing your stress, and having an active social life appear to be some of the best ways of doing so. Concerned about preventing Alzheimer's? See the latest research on prevention of Alzheimer's disease and dementia and learn about lifestyle choices including diet and exercise that support brain health and may help prevent Alzheimer's.

Parkinson's, depression and the switch that might turn them off

This would be life changing for so many of my patients! Deep brain stimulation is becoming very precise. This technique allows surgeons to place electrodes in almost any area of the brain, and turn them up or down -- like a radio dial or thermostat -- to correct dysfunction. Andres Lozano offers a dramatic look at emerging techniques, in which a woman wi…

Dementia: Hope Through Research: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

I also get a lot of questions about the different types of dementia. This is a good article, though it fails to mention that the new clinical term for dementia is (Major or Mild) Neurocognitive Disorder. A diagnosis of dementia can be frightening for those affected by the syndrome, their family members, and caretakers. Learning more about dementia can help. This booklet provides a general overview of various types of dementia, describes how the disorders are diagnosed and treated, and offers highlig…

Legal Documents | Caregiver Center | Alzheimer's Association

Patients and family members frequently ask me what the differences are among POA, guardian, and conservator. Here is a simple but thorough explanation of many legal terms. Learn about important legal documents for those with Alzheimer's and other dementias, including guardianship, conservatorship, power of attorney, wills, living wills and living trusts. Find local help and elder care legal planning resources in your area.

[03/07/15]   Welcome to the new Lifespan Wellness page! I hope to use this space to highlight interesting information in the fields of geriatric psychology and disability awareness and to create a forum for interesting discussion.

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