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Alzheimers Caregiver

10 Emotions, One Day: The Life of an Alzheimer's Caregiver

Rena McDaniel | Posted 06.24.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

I can't help feeling angry sometimes, no matter how much I try to fend it off. What has my life come to? Why can't things just be a little easier? Why is she so mean sometimes? Why did my mother get this horrible disease in the first place?

A Day With Alzheimer's As a Caregiver

Rena McDaniel | Posted 05.02.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

What does it feel like to live with Alzheimer's every single day? I've thought long and hard about this question. I wondered if I could put into words what I really feel. Then, Mom made a simple comment the other day and it all became clear to me.

Alzheimer's Stories That Matter

Marie Marley | Posted 03.10.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

The stories told by people with Alzheimer's can teach us a lot about their lives. They also help us find important topics to discuss when we visit, which can make our visits far more pleasant and meaningful to the person we're seeing.

How To Talk To Children About Alzheimer's Disease

Eric J. Hall | Posted 09.18.2013 | Parents
Eric J. Hall

Preparing young people for the drastic changes that will take place over the progression of this disease can help make their interactions with their loved one with Alzheimer's better and more effective.

Alzheimer's Caregivers: Taking Vacations Is Possible

Eric J. Hall | Posted 09.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

Remember that as a caregiver you deserve time to yourself and that you are doing this to make yourself a better caretaker for your loved one. Not taking care of yourself will only harm your loved one in the end.

Confessions Of A Worn-Out Alzheimer's Caregiver

Marie Marley | Posted 04.12.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I was a caregiver for seven long years for Dr. Edward Theodoru, my beloved Romanian soul mate of 30 years. In the early and mid-stages of his dementia I did many things I was later not proud of. At all.

Memory Loss Doesn't Equal Loss Of Humanity

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 12.03.2011 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

People with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of memory loss often seem to live in a different reality or a different time and place. Despite this disconnect, we should not simply dismiss a person as "gone."

5 Ways To Honor World Alzheimer's Day

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

World Alzheimer's Day provides an opportunity for us to truly consider the effect Alzheimer's will likely have on our lives if a cure is not found.

Pat Robertson, Alzheimer's And Confronting Absence

Lynn Casteel Harper | Posted 11.17.2011 | Religion
Lynn Casteel Harper

The trouble is that dementia defies linearity in all its forms: the clear answer, the proof text, the incisive definition.

Living With Midlife-Alzheimer's

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 10.27.2011 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Pat Summit has set an example for thousands of others who are diagnosed with the degenerative cognitive disease during the height of their personal and professional lives.

Is A Simple Conversation The Best Treatment For Dementia?

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 10.20.2011 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Many of the validation principles and communication techniques that were developed by Naomi Feil are taught to professional caregivers, and some eventually make their way to family caregivers as well.

New Strategies For Alzheimer's And Dementia Care Help Family Caregivers, Too

Kathryn Haslanger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kathryn Haslanger

As the number of people with dementia continues to rise, it's important that we look for ways not only to tailor care for a patient's personal needs and abilities, but also to help educate and support their family caregivers.

A Happier New Year for The Alzheimer's Community

Laura N. Gitlin, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Laura N. Gitlin, Ph.D.

For the 11 million Americans caring for a husband, wife, family member, or friend with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder, this New Year's Eve will be more hopeful than usual because Congress has finally voted to establish the National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA).

When There are No Words

Fawn Germer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Fawn Germer

My mother has had Alzheimer's Disease for eight years. At least. She is 83 and living in a nursing home, fed through a stomach tube.