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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...

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.

I Yelled At My Dying Husband, And I'm Still Mired In Shame

Debbie Weiss | Posted 11.12.2015 | Fifty
Debbie Weiss

Two and a half years after my husband George died of cancer, I am still mired in shame and regret because I was such a poor caregiver to him. Images of me angry, yelling at him, continue to haunt me.

Alzheimer's in God's House: The Empty Pew

Rev. Dale Susan Edmonds | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dale Susan Edmonds

A common locus of invisible need is found in the families struggling with Alzheimer's. One single person may have the disease, but the impact is felt by an entire family. And the ripples alter an entire faith community.

Dare to Be 100: 48-Hour Day

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 08.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

I have written in the past of the levels of pain that are integral to the diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease. First is the pain suffered by the person w...

Want to Reduce Your Chances of Going Into a Nursing Home? Raise a Daughter

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 06.02.2015 | Healthy Living
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

And I don't know about you, but I want to keep my loved ones in their homes as long as possible. Let's start to change the way we think about caregiving in a way that doesn't force one to sacrifice her (and hopefully his!) own health to help others.

Combating Caregiver Isolation: Respect, Recognition and Reciprocity

Kim Samuel | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Kim Samuel

I learned that, paradoxically, caring for someone you love can be an intensely lonely road; simultaneously a time of near constant togetherness and a time of profound isolation. And I believe this isolation can be as devastating to the caregiver as any affliction is to the person being cared for.

Gender And Family Relationships Affect Caregiver Strain

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2015 | Fifty

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - For both men and women, caring for a sick or disabled spouse or child is more stressful than carin...

Confessions of a Worn-Out Caregiver

Marie Marley | Posted 06.28.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Although it was difficult for me to master the new approaches, when I finally did our relationship blossomed again and life with him was much more peaceful and emotionally rewarding.

When Forgetting Is a Blessing

Marie Marley | Posted 06.21.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

People with Alzheimer's disease can become upset and agitated about things that happen to them. And when you, as the caregiver, witness your loved one's anguish, you may become distressed, too -- sometimes more so than your loved one.

Convincing a Loved One With Alzheimer's to Move to a Nursing Home

Marie Marley | Posted 06.06.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

No one wants to place their loved one with Alzheimer's in a nursing facility. But sometimes, that's the best (or only) alternative, especially for those in the mid to late stages of the disease.

The Role of Grief on the Journey to Accepting a Loved One's Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 05.20.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

When Ed, my beloved Romanian life partner of 30 years, was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I was devastated. I knew in my heart I'd never be able to...

3 of the Most Difficult Situations Alzheimer's Caregivers May Ever Face

Marie Marley | Posted 05.02.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

When a loved one doesn't recognize you, it's as though you no longer exist in their world. It can cause searing pain. But ultimately, this is a situation that only hurts you. It typically doesn't bother them. And that's what matters.

Do Crossword Puzzles Really Help Prevent Alzheimer's?

Marie Marley | Posted 04.26.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Yesterday morning I arrived to visit Angela, one of the three ladies with Alzheimer's I volunteer to visit each week. I found her sitting at her beaut...

Alzheimer's Caregivers: What to Do When Your Spouse Finds a New Love

Marie Marley | Posted 04.14.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

The fact is that sometimes people with Alzheimer's find a new love interest. If this happens to you it will probably be one of the most painful situations you will ever face. It's right up there with your loved one not recognizing you anymore and with engaging hospice care near the end of their life.

A Critical Resource for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Marie Marley | Posted 04.01.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Jean's mother, Irene, had been having memory problems and frequent confusion for quite some time and Jean took her to the doctor to discuss these issu...

Why I Volunteer

Marie Marley | Posted 03.31.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Everyone wants to be needed. We all want to feel we're making a difference in someone else's life. It's a universal human need.

Daily Meditations for Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregivers

Marie Marley | Posted 03.23.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Did you ever wish you had a book of spiritual readings about Alzheimer's caregiving you could read every day to help inspire, comfort and encourage yo...

Three Tips for Getting Along With a Difficult Person With Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 02.28.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

People with Alzheimer's sometimes have personality changes that can be extremely negative. Formerly sweet loved ones can become argumentative and even...

Leeza Gibbons' Resources for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Marie Marley | Posted 03.02.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

While she does have a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, Leeza is also a powerful star in the world of Alzheimer's caregiving. Both her mother and grandmother had the disorder, and that's when she learned first-hand how devastating the disease can be for caregivers.

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.

5 Problems Associated With Caring for a Mid- to Late-Stage Alzheimer's Patient at Home

Marie Marley | Posted 01.13.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Placing a loved one in a nursing facility is a highly controversial issue. Many people would rather die than do it. But in some -- not all -- cases, such placement may actually be the best solution for the patient.

7 Tried-And-True Ways To Avoid Caregiver Burnout

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.03.2014 | Fifty

Is there anything more stressful than taking care of a sick or dying loved one? It's a burden, no matter how willingly borne, that often comes with a ...

People With Alzheimer's May Be Stumped By the Simplest Things

Marie Marley | Posted 12.23.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

People with Alzheimer's may have great difficulty figuring out the simplest activities. The following story illustrates that poignantly.

An Alzheimer's Journal: 'I Want to Go Home'

Marie Marley | Posted 12.15.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Even though he had forgotten about the move, the sound of his voice asking to go home reverberated in my head and troubled me for days.