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Alzheimers Caregivers

Are You A Caregiver? Then This Book Could Change Your Life

Trish Vradenburg | Posted 04.01.2016 | Fifty
Trish Vradenburg

In 1986, when my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I had no idea what is was -- except that it was a disease and it was fatal. I knew no one who had it or, at the very least, talked about it. So I entered into the enigmatic maze of Alzheimer's without a clue about how to navigate or what to expect.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Groups

Allan S. Vann | Posted 11.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

For caregivers currently not in support groups, I would strongly recommend that you find out if an appropriate group is meeting nearby and, if so, that you attend a few meetings to see if you can learn as much from your group as I have learned from mine. If that is not an option, consider joining an online support group.

Advice for Alzheimer's Caregivers: 9 Simple Tips for Simple Daily Tasks

Eric J. Hall | Posted 11.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

Many times, just supporting loved one with Alzheimer's and being there to help with some of their most basic daily tasks is just what they need to make every day more enjoyable.

Reflections of an Alzheimer's Spouse: Loneliness and Sadness

Allan S. Vann | Posted 07.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

Watching your spouse of nearly 50 years slowly dying of Alzheimer's is pure sadness. I am sad that Alzheimer's has taken away my best friend, my wife, my lover. I am sad each day when I see Clare as a shell of her former self.

Millennials Can Change the Face of Alzheimer's

Jan Dougherty | Posted 05.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Jan Dougherty

Alzheimer's disease touches millions of American families, but we often associate it only with the elderly. Lately, though, thanks to the efforts of v...

A Process Of Stimulating Alzheimer's Patients That's 'Nothing Short of Magic'

Marc Middleton | Posted 10.17.2014 | Fifty
Marc Middleton

The process of trying to creatively stimulate a group of residents at Serenades Memory Care Assisted Living is called poetry facilitation. But to many, it's nothing short of magic.

I Made a Video of My Dad That Reminded Me the Internet Is a Fundamentally Good Place

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 06.28.2014 | Good News
Lisa Abeyta

I had no idea the video would touch so many people or be shared so many times. The comments and emails -- for the most part -- have been a wonderfully moving procession of individuals sharing their own journey through Alzheimer's or dementia.

Alzheimer's Caregivers: 3 Tips for Restoring Harmony to Your Relationship With Your Loved One

Marie Marley | Posted 06.21.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

"I can't promise following this advice will stop all the fights," she said. "But it'll help. Why don't you try it for a while and see what happens?"

Global Rise In Alzheimer's Creating Shortage Of Caregivers

Reuters | Posted 11.20.2013 | Healthy Living

LONDON, Sept 19 (Reuters) - A global rise in cases of the mind-robbing Alzheimer's disease is creating a chronic shortage of carers, with the number...

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.

The Benefits of Volunteering

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
Rita Altman, R.N.

Volunteering not only provides us with the opportunity to get involved in a cause that we are passionate about, but also provides the chance to look beyond our own circumstances and appreciate what others are experiencing.

How to Cope With Alzheimer's and Intimacy

Jan Dougherty | Posted 06.26.2013 | Fifty
Jan Dougherty

Hearing the word "intimacy'' can often make people uncomfortable, and many people do not like talking about it. Yet, it is an issue that surfaces in many ways in the journey of dementia, impacting relationships and adding challenges to the caregiving role.

Why Your Loved One's Dementia Doesn't Have to Be a Death Sentence for You, Too

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

Remember that as close as you may be to your spouse (or parent), his or her death sentence is not your death sentence. Protect yourself from undue stress by staying strong and remembering that you have a choice in how you choose to react to your loved one's illness.

Goodbye, Dad

Douglas Forbes | Posted 04.22.2013 | Fifty
Douglas Forbes

My Dad will never know my daughter. And that breaks me in two. He will never speak her name. He will never hold her tiny digits. He will never cry for joy at her mere presence in a room. And yet he is still here. He is alive.

Moving Toward a Cure While Addressing Care

Eric J. Hall | Posted 10.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

This historic report was the product of bipartisan legislation, rare in this Congress, which established an advisory council composed of government and private leaders, and which mandated a national strategy on Alzheimer's disease that would be updated annually.

Who Suffers More: Alzheimer's Patients or Their Caregivers?

Marie Marley | Posted 04.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Marie Marley

To help reduce your distress the next time your loved one is distressed, try to remain aware that people with dementia live only in the present. That way you can end your suffering as quickly as your loved one does, and then you can both move on to something more pleasant.

5 Great Gifts For Dads With Memory Loss

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 08.18.2011 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Some people struggle with celebrating Father's Day once their dad begins suffering the effects of Alzheimer's disease or other forms of memory loss. However, the day can still be meaningful for both your dad and the whole family.

How To Build Meaningful Relationships In Spite Of Dementia

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 07.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Being the caregiver for someone you love who is gradually losing mental capacities is about as tough as it gets in human life outside of wars, disasters and profound poverty.

5 Mother's Day Gifts For Alzheimer's Caregivers

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

This Mother's Day, take the time to reach out and do something special to acknowledge a woman whom you know is caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's Disease: Avoiding The Biggest Mistake

Dr. Jon LaPook | Posted 06.04.2011 | Home
Dr. Jon LaPook

An estimated 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease. For every one of them, there are three unpaid caregivers: about 15 million people providing 17 billion hours of unpaid care each year.