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Deborah Bier, PhD

Deborah Bier, PhD, has a master's in counseling psychology and a doctorate in therapeutic counseling. In addition, Debbie has obtained the following credentials: Certified Alzheimer's Educator™ – National Certification Board for Alzheimer & Aging Care Certified Dementia Practitioner® – National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners Certified Dementia Care Partner – Dementia Care Professionals of America, a division of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Certificate in Gerontology – Allegra Learning Solutions, LLC Mental Health First Aid – National Council for Behavioral Health

Recent Posts

Dementia Isn’t Just a Memory Disorder

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on March 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Memory loss is the most commonly known disability connected with dementia. Yet, dementia is so much more than just a memory disorder. Here are some other types of disorders that may occur with dementia:

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Healthy Living

Confused About Dementia? You’re Not Alone.

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on February 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM

People are frequently puzzled by statements they hear about older adults and dementia. If you have an aging loved one with dementia, chances are you may be confused yourself. Let’s untangle three serious misconceptions often heard about dementia.

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia

The Holidays and a Loved One With Dementia

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on November 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM

When someone in the family has dementia, two important facts need to be respected, particularly around the winter holidays:

We want to spend the time we can with our loved ones. Yet, people, noise and activity can easily overwhelm those with dementia.

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia, Holidays

Helping People With Dementia Live at Home Longer

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on October 19, 2016 at 2:00 PM

By Deborah Bier, PhD, director of special populations

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia

Recent Research on Dementia Gives Hope

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on September 14, 2016 at 2:00 PM

I wish I could tell you about new research that shows us exactly what causes Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia or provides a clear way to a cure, but I cannot. Nevertheless, some recent research offers hope to people living with dementia and their families. Here are a few studies worth learning about.

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia

Meaningful Activities for Seniors, Including Those Living With Dementia

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on July 18, 2016 at 1:00 PM

For all us, the activities of daily living (for example: eating, bathing, dressing and toileting) keep us alive and safe. Including meaningful activities allows us to experience purpose and joy – vital to living the best life possible. What exactly are meaningful activities? These are activities based on the person’s interests, hobbies, skills and abilities – activities with purpose and joy make the day special.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia

Living Your Best Life Possible With Early-Onset Alzheimer’s

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on July 12, 2016 at 2:00 PM

We have a widespread idea in our culture that receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is akin to the end of life itself. When it comes to something like early-onset Alzheimer’s, occurring in people typically in their 40s-60s, the pessimistic view about living with dementia is even stronger.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia

Hoarding Behavior and Dementia

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on June 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM

By Deborah Bier, PhD, director of special populations

Hoarding is a complex, difficult to solve situation. It requires a deep understanding of the situation, the underlying causes and how to create workable solutions that include all stakeholders. No two cases of hoarding are the same. In fact, there are several conditions that include hoarding behavior as a symptom.These include: 
  • Schizophrenia
  • Diogenese syndrome
  • Isolated syllogomania
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Various types of dementia
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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Healthy Living

5 Common Myths About Dementia

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on May 11, 2016 at 2:00 PM


According to the Alzheimer’s Association, by the end of life, 1 in 3 elders will have some form of dementia. Despite the large number of people affected, there are still many misunderstandings and myths about dementia. Knowing more can help us better understand and care for those who live with dementia. This article will address five of the most common myths.

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Topics: Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia

Dementia and Difficult Behavior

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on March 1, 2016 at 11:30 AM

When people think of “dementia,” it is natural to next think “memory loss.” What we may not be prepared for is how other behaviors can change and even become difficult to manage. In fact, it is these difficult behaviors that families report as more troublesome than memory loss.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia

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