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A Day With Alzheimer's As a Caregiver

Rena McDaniel | Posted 03.02.2015 | 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.

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

Marie Marley | Posted 03.02.2015 | 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 02.24.2015 | 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...

Not Your Typical Artist

Harriet Heydemann | Posted 02.20.2015 | Good News
Harriet Heydemann

"She may look like a little kid, but she'll hate you if you treat her like one. She's trapped in a body that doesn't work. Inside, she's just like you." I said this to the millennials who applied. We rarely hired anyone who wasn't a millennial. Ariela wanted to be with her peers.

Did I Ever Have a Choice?

Rena McDaniel | Posted 02.18.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

I get asked a lot of questions about Alzheimer's Disease and caregiving. I love to answer questions, although, I am definitely learning by trial and error and error and error! I am not an expert by any means. I am just trying to get through this one day at a time and to trying to give my mother everything she needs, just like she did for me every day of my life.

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

Marie Marley | Posted 02.12.2015 | 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.

Supported Housing: Persons With Disabilities and the "New Institutions"

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

It is clear to me that the state of these Assisted Living and Supported Housing programs must be changed. They must connect with the individual on how it feels to live like this, and what the emotional impacts in fact are.

The Dark Days Caring For My Mother With Alzheimer's

Rena McDaniel | Posted 02.08.2015 | 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.

The Secret Life of a Teenage Caregiver

Michelle Hanson | Posted 02.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Michelle Hanson

I hated the anger I felt towards him, hated the way I treated him in his moments of weakness. I hated the doctors that gave him the opiates that eventually took over his life, and I hated the disease that robbed me of the father that had taught me to play baseball and make the best ice cream sundaes in the world.

A Critical Resource for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Marie Marley | Posted 02.05.2015 | 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...

Self-Care: An Essential Element of Caregiving

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

Like many caregivers, it didn't occur to Jill that her selfless devotion to her parents was depleting her physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Why I Volunteer

Marie Marley | Posted 01.29.2015 | 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.

6 Positive Lessons I Learned From Alzheimer's

Elena Rosberg | Posted 01.26.2015 | Fifty
Elena Rosberg

My mother reacts very sensitively to my feelings and moods. That is typical of Alzheimer's patients. When I visit her feeling hectic and tense, she reacts immediately, takes on my mood, and becomes nervous and negative. But when I am cheerful and attentive, she is happy. This has taught me to be much more aware of myself and my feelings when I am with other people.

Daily Meditations for Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregivers

Marie Marley | Posted 01.22.2015 | 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...

Does Having Bipolar Disorder Equate to an Early Death?

Muffy Walker | Posted 01.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Muffy Walker

Our son refuses to tolerate 20 years loss of life expectancy. If more people with serious mental illnesses were aware of the risks, maybe they would make changes and refuse as well.

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.

When It's Alzheimer's Should the Person Be Told the Diagnosis?

Marie Marley | Posted 02.22.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

When it's Alzheimer's should the person be told the diagnosis? This can be a difficult ethical issue. Telling or not telling the patient the diagnosis is a very personal decision.

Two Men With Dementia Become Life-Long Friends

Marie Marley | Posted 02.17.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I remember reading somewhere that people with Alzheimer's enjoy being with others like them. The following story clearly illustrates that.

10 Things to Expect When You Have Cancer

Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW | Posted 02.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW

The life of a cancer patient can be summed up in one word: access. Everybody wants access to you. Whether it's the lab tech taking your blood or the chemo staff giving you an infusion, there are lots of "ins and outs" when you have cancer. You'll get used to it.

When Alzheimer's Is Amusing

Marie Marley | Posted 02.10.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Alzheimer's disease is a deadly serious topic, and deservedly so. But sometimes laughter is the best medicine. So I'm going to share some amusing stories about my colorful, eccentric life partner, Ed. He also found them funny and we both had a good laugh! I was laughing with him -- not at him.

Important Tips for Visiting an Individual With Alzheimer's

Eric J. Hall | Posted 02.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

Even when interactions get overwhelming or they seem like a lot to handle, it is important to stick with it and keep visiting them, even if they don't necessarily know who you are.

"Christmas Letter 2014"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 02.09.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

Since I am in the holiday spirit (and, having just consumed a mug of hot toddy, a glass of eggnog and a nip of cheer, the holiday spirits are in me), ...

A Chemo Christmas: 24 Ways to Help Those Who Are in the Hospital at the Holidays

Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW | Posted 02.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW

Here are the top five most effective things you can do for your hospitalized friend and their families during the holidays, plus 19 quick and easy ways to bring Christmas cheer and holiday fun.

My Surprising Transformation After My Second Retirement

Marie Marley | Posted 02.03.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

That extremely stressful caregiving experience was to be the seed of an exciting transformation. Life gave me a lemon and so, although I didn't plan it and really wasn't even aware of it, I made lemonade.