This time of year can be stressful for compulsive gamblers, with more opportunities to gamble in office pools and the receipt of a tax refund, said Lisa Vig, program director of Gamblers Choice, a treatment program for problem gamblers and their families provided by Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota. The program is available in Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck, Minot and Williston. In addition to accessing Gamblers Choice services, "we encourage attendance in a 12-step program," Vig said.
Each year, when March Madness rolls around, many people plunk money down in hopes of winning office pools that infuse a bit of fun and build collegiality in the workplace. For most people, gambling is a pleasurable pastime that adds excitement to life.
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A "memory cafe," where couples and families who have a loved one with Alzheimer's disease can enjoy time together and socialize, is in the developmental stages in Grand Forks. Mary Ann Devig, parish nurse at Calvary Lutheran Church in Grand Forks, is exploring how other communities have set up these programs that provide an opportunity for people to have typical social interaction -- something they may lose to Alzheimer's. "There is still such a stigma around Alzheimer's -- like what happened with HIV or AIDS or cancer," Devig said.
Ashley Magner, regional care consultant for the Alzheimer's Association, offers the following tips and insights for families who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease: Take notes about changes you see in a "caregiver's notebook." Then you can go back and track changes. Practice in advance what you're planning to say to the person who may be experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer's, so you can feel prepared. Some people will not seek a diagnosis but "it's hard to come to terms with something if you don't know exactly what it is." Talk when you are both relaxed and comfortable.
As he looks back now, Dr. Paul Wright remembers the earliest sign, several years ago, that his wife's memory was failing. "I was volunteering at Altru (Medical Center in Grand Forks), and she was supposed to pick me up at noon," said Wright, who retired as a professor emeritus of psychology in 1996. "She got lost finding Altru." He and Katy have lived in Grand Forks since moving here in 1963, when he joined the UND faculty.
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Sydney Boike is passionate about basketball -- the 18-year-old Crookston High School senior is a leader on her team, averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds per game. But in February 2014, an injury threatened to derail her basketball career. During the final game of her junior year, Sydney went for a loose ball, planted her foot and twisted her knee as she fell. "I was pretty freaked out about it," she said, recalling her first and only sports injury. Although she could walk afterward, her knee would never be the same again. "Basketball has been such a passion for Sydney," said her mom, Chri