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A collage of family pictures provides a glimpse of Anne McKeown’s history. Jean Fields, McKeown’s daughter and caregiver, said, “Life is more than what you see. And my mom is much more than her dementia”.

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A collage of family pictures provides a glimpse of Anne McKeown’s history. Jean Fields, McKeown’s daughter and caregiver, said, “Life is more than...

David McKeown helps his mother, Anne McKeown, to steady her hands while drinking a cup of hot chocolate. He frequently assists in caring for his mother because “We’re family and we help each other”.

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David McKeown helps his mother, Anne McKeown, to steady her hands while drinking a cup of hot chocolate. He frequently assists in caring for his mother...

Anne McKeown sits in her bedroom. “When she gets that far-off look,” says McKeown’s daughter Jean Fields, “you sometimes just have to wonder what’s going on in there.” McKeown’s dementia has diminished her ability to communicate. “Sometimes she can tell us exactly what she’s thinking, with or without words, especially if she’s mad,” Fields adds laughing. “But it’s got to be frustrating for her when the words just can’t make their way out.”

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Anne McKeown sits in her bedroom. “When she gets that far-off look,” says McKeown’s daughter Jean Fields, “you sometimes just have to wonder what’s...

Anne McKeown gets a thumbs up from physical therapist Dawn Lombardi after a productive physical therapy session.

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Anne McKeown gets a thumbs up from physical therapist Dawn Lombardi after a productive physical therapy session.

Physical therapists Dawn Lombardi (right) and Susan Mann (left) help Anne McKeown (center) get into bed after a physical therapy session. McKeown is recovering from partial hip replacement after a recent hip fracture. In order avoid recovery time in a rehabilitation center, McKeown receives physical therapy sessions twice a week in her home.

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Physical therapists Dawn Lombardi (right) and Susan Mann (left) help Anne McKeown (center) get into bed after a physical therapy session. McKeown is recovering...

Anne McKeown works with physical therapists Dawn Lombardi and Susan Mann during one of her biweekly sessions. McKeown is recovering from surgery due to a fractured hip.

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Anne McKeown works with physical therapists Dawn Lombardi and Susan Mann during one of her biweekly sessions. McKeown is recovering from surgery due to...

Anne McKeown eats a cornbread muffin. Her daughter, Jean Fields, said McKeown rarely passes up cornbread and sometimes “I have to move the plate out of her reach, or she’ll eat them all.” Dementia has not, for the most part, diminished McKeown’s appetite or ability to feed herself, according to Fields.

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Anne McKeown eats a cornbread muffin. Her daughter, Jean Fields, said McKeown rarely passes up cornbread and sometimes “I have to move the plate out...

Coloring pictures is a regular pastime for Anne McKeown. Even though McKeown’s progressing dementia has lessened her ability to color more intricate pictures, she still seems to enjoy the activity, according to her caregivers.

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Coloring pictures is a regular pastime for Anne McKeown. Even though McKeown’s progressing dementia has lessened her ability to color more intricate...

Anne McKeown receives her daily medication. Jean Fields, McKeown’s daughter and caregiver, uses a syringe to break down daily medications for easy administration. Fields said she learned this technique from a nurse. Fields added, “It has been a big help because she doesn’t like to take her medicine, and this is an excellent way for me to not get bit”.

[Photo] Photo Essay: A day in the life of a dementia patient

March 12, 2021

Anne McKeown receives her daily medication. Jean Fields, McKeown’s daughter and caregiver, uses a syringe to break down daily medications for easy administration....

Anne McKeown rests her head in her hands, taking a break. “I see her daily frustration,” says Jean Fields, McKeown’s daughter and caregiver. “I feel like there’s so many thoughts in her head and she just can’t get them out.”

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March 12, 2021

Anne McKeown rests her head in her hands, taking a break. “I see her daily frustration,” says Jean Fields, McKeown’s daughter and caregiver. “I...

Student photographers spent six weeks working on their advanced projects. Each student research and practiced a specific genre.

[Photo] Virtual gallery highlights student work

May 7, 2021

Student photographers spent six weeks working on their advanced projects. Each student research and practiced a specific genre.

Performers sang songs from musicals such as this one from Mama Mia, “Chiquitita.”

[Photo] Broadway Revue

April 22, 2021

Performers sang songs from musicals such as this one from Mama Mia, “Chiquitita.”

Anne McKeown receives her daily medication. Jean Fields, McKeown’s daughter and caregiver, uses a syringe to break down daily medications for easy administration. Fields said she learned this technique from a nurse. Fields added, “It has been a big help because she doesn’t like to take her medicine, and this is an excellent way for me to not get bit”.

Photo Essay: A day in the life of a dementia patient

March 12, 2021

Approximately 5-8 percent of people over the age 60 in the United States are diagnosed with dementia. Dementia can impact the patient’s entire family...

Lois Magner, photography I student, took and submitted this photo of a flower on crystals for Telolith. Telolith is a contemporary art and literature magazine that is published annually by the humanities department. It allows students of Seward County Community College to submit their own artwork such as poems, short creative stories, digital photography, visual art and more. The deadline to submit any artwork is March 8.

[Photo] SCCC shows gems of creativity through Telolith

February 26, 2019

Lois Magner, photography I student, took and submitted this photo of a flower on crystals for Telolith. Telolith is a contemporary art and literature magazine...

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