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Alzheimers Caregiving

The Best Lesson I learned From Alzheimer's Care

Deborah Swiss | Posted 01.20.2016 | Fifty
Deborah Swiss

Alzheimer's care had begun to take its toll. Exhausted, a light bulb finally turned on in my head: If something doesn't change, stress might just do m...

The Etiquette of Alzheimer's

Yvonne Durant | Posted 01.19.2016 | Black Voices
Yvonne Durant

Don't say, "Do you remember me?" or jump into a reminiscence of past times together. People with Alzheimer's have enough don'ts and deficits. Their brains are already dissing them; they don't need you to do so, too.

Caring for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Allan S. Vann | Posted 01.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

Alzheimer's caregivers often devote their lives to taking care of their loved ones, and that is admirable. But in order to take good care of their loved ones, AD caregivers must also take good care of themselves.

The Silver Lining Of Alzheimer's Disease I Never Anticipated

Christina Consolino | Posted 01.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Christina Consolino

I hope to hear that belly laugh reverberate off the walls, see the crinkles form at the corners of her eyes as she smiles, to watch her enjoy each day like it's her last. Because one day, it will be her last day, and I want for her to experience joy unlike that which she's ever felt before.

An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg

Lou-Ellen Barkan | Posted 12.23.2015 | New York
Lou-Ellen Barkan

As you and your wife consider your philanthropic options, please consider the following: in less than 30 years, as many as 26 million Americans will either have Alzheimer's or be taking care of someone who does.

What Alzheimer's Care Did For My Sense Of Humor

Deborah Swiss | Posted 12.18.2015 | Fifty
Deborah Swiss

As my Mom's Alzheimer's advanced, my personal goals grew simpler. I was determined to hang on to at least a shred of my sense of humor. This proved challenging when my mother Peg refused to take her meds or when I stayed awake through the night to prevent her from wandering in a nearby park.

Uneven Transitions for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Allan S. Vann | Posted 12.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

I want Clare to be happy. But I also want to move forward with my own life, apart from Clare, to avoid returning to the daily depression, sadness and loneliness of the past few years. It appears, however, that my transitions from now on may be very uneven.

A Song for the Alzheimer's Journey

Deborah Swiss | Posted 12.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah Swiss

Alzheimer's caregiving is the toughest job I've ever known but it also vividly distills what's really important in life. For five and a half years, I cared for my mother, Peg Swiss, as advanced Alzheimer's tightened its grip on her brain.

My Mom's Had Alzheimer's For 12 Years, And This Is All I Can Do

Lisa Hirsch | Posted 12.02.2015 | Fifty
Lisa Hirsch

Mom has no understanding of how her life has been wiped away by such a horrific disease. So how is my mom doing? She'd doing good, and how am I doing? I'm also doing good, which is a conscious decision that I have made.

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.

5 Steps for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Allan S. Vann | Posted 10.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

Once a loved one receives an Alzheimer's disease (AD) diagnosis, there are five actions that should be taken as soon as possible. If important actions are taken while your loved one is still in early stages, these important decisions can be made together.

This Is What Alzheimer's Won't Take Away

James Barrett | Posted 10.14.2015 | Healthy Living
James Barrett

Alzheimer's will never define her. It's not my grandmother's story. Alzheimer's is not her triumphs, not her love, her accomplishments, her passion or her being. It never will be.

A Lesson From Those With Physical Disabilities

Trish Vradenburg | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Trish Vradenburg

This is America's hometown family disease. Until there is a means of prevention and treatment for Alzheimer's, each of us, in our hometowns across the country, should welcome back millions too afraid to come out of the shadows.

In Full View: Simple Rules for Living With an Alzheimer's Patient

Ellen Snortland | Posted 09.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Ellen Snortland

When I see a new bump on my arm, my default reaction is often, "It's cancer!" Similarly, my memory "burps" elicit an "OMG, it's Alzheimer's!" Forget...

Alzheimer's Caring Costs

Allan S. Vann | Posted 09.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

We need to begin a national conversation about how we can provide financial assistance for Alzheimer's caregivers. The daily emotional stress of caring is great enough. We must find ways to reduce the additional stress on caregivers caused by the high cost of providing this care.

Why I Love Being Bipolar

Marie Marley | Posted 09.15.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I thought long and hard before deciding to publish this article. There is still a strong stigma attached to mental illness. I had to think seriously about whether I wanted to reveal this very personal information.

The Judy Fund: Fighting to Keep the Memories

Greg O'Brien | Posted 08.17.2015 | Impact
Greg O'Brien

The Judy Fund has contributed to Alzheimer's Association mission activities including, research, care and advocacy, and most recently the focus has been on raising awareness and learning why women are disproportionately impacted by Alzheimer's disease.

Preparing to Let Go -- Caring for Mom: Day 0 -- One Alzheimer's Caregiver's Experience

Andrea Pennington, M.D. | Posted 08.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Andrea Pennington, M.D.

Tomorrow I will take over caring for my 82-year-old mother who is challenged by stiff, achy joints, severely limited vision and an unreliable memory.

Tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers: Preventing Burnout

Eric J. Hall | Posted 07.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

Many Alzheimer's caregivers become so invested in the demanding job of taking care of an individual with dementia that they find themselves at risk of burning out. Caring for someone with this disease can be stressful and overwhelming and this can lead to burnout, and in many cases serious issues such as depression.

In Alzheimer's Disease, Caregiving May Be Just As Trying As the Disease Itself

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 07.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Society for Women's Health Research

When most of us think of Alzheimer's disease, our first thought isn't usually of the quiet caregiver alongside the patient, devoting their time to helping someone living with the disease. But caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease is often a full-time job, taking its toll on the caregiver.

Reflections of an Alzheimer's Spouse: Anger

Allan S. Vann | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

Alzheimer's disease has absolutely no redeeming value. It is a disease that causes great pain for those who have it, and great pain for their caregivers. I hate what is happening and will continue to happen to Clare. I am angry that I cannot have my best friend, my wife, my lover to be with me to share what I had hoped would be our long retirement years.

Laugh at the Crazy -- Another Day Living With Alzheimer's

Rena McDaniel | Posted 05.19.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

It's 3:00 am. and you are probably wondering why I'm not sound asleep. It's because I now live in a sauna. Right about the time that menopause hit, momma moved in with the hubby and I. Wanting her to be comfortable I taught her how to use the thermostat.

The Sounds Of Alzheimer's

Rena McDaniel | Posted 04.10.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

She heads on into the kitchen. The morning is when mom is at her best. You can almost pretend that she is well and fine ... almost.

The Dark Days Caring For My Mother With Alzheimer's

Rena McDaniel | Posted 04.10.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

In September of 2013 my husband and I decided to move my mother who was in the early stages of Alzheimer's in with us. We put her stuff into storage, gave her our small spare bedroom and watched her plummet drastically. It was devastating.

Resolutions for Dementia Caregivers

Lou-Ellen Barkan | Posted 03.01.2015 | Fifty
Lou-Ellen Barkan

For a person who bears the onerous responsibility of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia, the new year always brings a heavy emotional burden.