My mother's hands became her primary form of communication. She and I talked, of course, but it was often a swing-and-a-miss type of situation. Her embarrassment at not being able to identify a table, a door, or even her beloved dog caused many tears of frustration.
I discovered that mom's money would shortly be running out. We are now getting closer to the moment, when she will have to go on Medicaid, and be admitted into a nursing home. Her condition is progressing, and my brother and I do not know how long she will be able to stay in her home.
At some point all caregivers must decide how best to provide long-term care for their loved ones with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Many caregivers provi...
The other side of his scathing prose was his capacity for hero-worship, and he transmitted that to me, too. And through all the joys and pain of our own relationship, he remained to the end a hero to me.
After careful consideration and analysis of the top ten Republican presidential candidates' websites, it was clear that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio owns the best of them all. But what about Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley? Their report cards are about to be delivered.
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...
I hated feeling powerless. As if there was nothing I could do to positively affect anything in the universe, let alone my dad's pain and suffering. Yet that's exactly how I felt as I stood beside my ailing father's bedside after his stroke.
I quickly learned that there are vast differences in nursing homes for people with AD. For example, I learned that many nursing homes will not admit an AD patient who is ambulatory. Whereas all the nursing homes I checked accepted AD patients, those without separate lockdown dementia units will not accept Clare because she still can walk by herself.
The journey for every Alzheimer's caregiver is different, but it is always challenging. With this in mind, here are some of the most critical tips for Alzheimer's caregivers to remember as they take on the important, yet daunting task of being a caregiver.
If you're already experiencing emotional struggles and feeling distressed, you should promptly seek help from a primary care or mental health professional. If things are generally going well and you want to prevent or reduce the impact of potential emotional challenges, here are some tips for coping:
It started with lapses of memory. But who doesn't have those, right? It just means you have to concentrate a little more, be more focused and presen...
In a new book penned by Barbara Smith and her husband Dan Gasby, Before I Forget the couple share their journey as a caregiver and care recipient. Teamed with Vanity Fair Editor and author Michael Schnayerson, the book is equal parts love story, memoir and manual.
These are two different things. It's one thing to finally realize someone close to you has Alzheimer's. It's a completely different thing to accept that fact.
This is the need - and the incredible market opportunity - for technology. Done right, technology could prolong independence for those with Alzheimer's disease, boost workforce productivity by helping their caregivers, and take part in building age-friendly cities, all while increasing revenues for tech companies and innovators.
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.
Yes, I understand that I am lucky to still have my mom, yet I also know how much more Alzheimer's can rob from her. Just thinking of how much worse she could become, as her disease progresses, leaves me feeling nauseous and sick to my stomach.