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Bringing Joy To A Loved One With Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 12.17.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

The concert would either bring Ed great joy or be a total disaster. That was just the way it was when you were dealing with a person with Alzheimer's.

When Love Is Remembered Despite Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 12.09.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Here's a true story that illustrates that people with Alzheimer's can remember and experience strong emotions related to a past event even if they can't remember the facts surrounding the occasion.

Why I Volunteer To Visit People With Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 11.18.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

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

You have options and keeping your loved one at home, where they want to be, might be the best one.

Ellie Hollander | Posted 11.15.2016 | Impact
Ellie Hollander

Caregiving runs through my veins. I've cared for my mom, my sister and my dad, all through the last days of their lives. I know the stress, the agony,...

Alzheimer's Caregivers: Need Professional Advice This Very Instant?

Marie Marley | Posted 11.12.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's can be extremely difficult. If you reach the end of your rope and need advice on the spot, two organizations have helplines you can easily access: the Alzheimer's Association and the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

Not All Caregivers' Stories Are The Same, But Their Pain Is

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.03.2016 | Fifty

I had a great conversation the other day with a woman who takes care of her 90-year-old mother. Her mom continues to live independently, which is a ni...

3 Controversial Decisions Alzheimer's Caregivers Must Face

Marie Marley | Posted 10.31.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

1. Should the Person Stop Driving? Sooner or later driving becomes a problem for all people with Alzheimer's. There are usually many warning signs th...

Leeza Gibbons: Star in the World of Alzheimer's Caregiving

Marie Marley | Posted 10.15.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

One evening Leeza Gibbons, the celebrated radio and TV personality, was out to dinner with her mother. She told me in an interview some time ago that ...

How To Build The 'Village' You Need As A Caregiver

Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 10.09.2016 | Fifty
Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN

"I think with a lot of geriatric dementia patients, the caregiver is just as important as-- and sometimes even more important than-- the patient who is on your schedule," she says. "I don't know if I would have fully appreciated that without living it myself."

3 Tips For Dealing With A Contentious Person Who Has Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 10.06.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

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

Caregiving: The Reluctant Invasion

Jean Lee | Posted 10.06.2016 | Fifty
Jean Lee

My parents married on a five-day furlough during WWII. Mom and Dad remained passionate about their relationship until their last breaths 60 years later. They communicated well. When disagreements arose, they agreed to disagree.

The Caregiver's Bill of Rights

Marie Marley | Posted 09.30.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Being a caregiver causes large amounts of stress, which harms the caregiver's physical and emotional health. In some cases, that stress has a negative...

This Is Everything That's Wrong With Caregiving In America Today

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.22.2016 | Fifty

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine just published a very sobering look at the state of family caregiving in the U.S. Here ar...

Alzheimer's Stories That Matter

Marie Marley | Posted 09.14.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I arrived at Ethel's door one Thursday afternoon. After a long pause (which made me guess she'd been taking a nap), she opened the door and smiled whe...

Three Controversial Decisions Alzheimer's Caregivers May Need to Make

Marie Marley | Posted 08.19.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

1. Should the Person Stop Driving? Late one evening I was deeply immersed in editing the photographs I'd taken at the Cincinnati Zoo that day when I ...

Visiting Miss Daisy - A Delightful Lady With Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 08.12.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

"I've come to visit you, Miss Daisy," I said in a perky tone of voice. "Me?" she exclaimed - smiling, looking up at me, raising her eyebrows and put...

My Greatest Regrets as an Alzheimer's Caregiver

Marie Marley | Posted 08.05.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Being the caregiver for a person with Alzheimer's is a difficult journey to take. I was the caregiver for Dr. Edward Theodoru, my beloved Romanian gen...

How Caregivers Can Get Help When They've Reached the End of Their Rope

Marie Marley | Posted 07.21.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Carolyn is an 85-year-old retired school teacher living independently in Houston, Texas. She is beginning to need assistance managing her affairs and ...

Stroke Heroes 2016

American Heart Association - Western States | Posted 08.18.2016 | Healthy Living
American Heart Association - Western States

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Puget Sound Division, along with our sponsor Medtronic, congratulates the honorees for th...

5 Strategies For Staying Healthy When Caring For Your Parent

Sharon Kurtzman | Posted 07.09.2016 | Fifty
Sharon Kurtzman

July is my father's birthday month and I've recently returned from my latest trip to visit him in Florida. Over the past year he's faced a string of health challenges and though we live 700 miles apart, I manage to be his medical advocate and go-to girl.

When Your Loved One With Alzheimer's No Longer Recognizes You

Marie Marley | Posted 07.02.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Most individuals who have a loved one with Alzheimer's dread the day when their loved one may no longer recognize them. Care partners may think that would be the most tragic situation possible. They consider it the disastrous end of their relationship.

How She Does It

Kevin Hines | Posted 07.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Kevin Hines

How She Does It I don't know how she does it. There are so many times when I am irritable, moody, and just plain all over the place. I swing up, an...

Alzheimer's Caregivers - Let Your Loved One Be Right

Marie Marley | Posted 06.17.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Over the course of time many people with Alzheimer's will say things that are nonsense and things that are simply not true. It's often tempting to cor...

Taking Care Of Our Cancer Caregivers

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 06.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

Every person who has ever received a cancer diagnosis knows the value of having a medical team that is well trained to handle the medical aspects of t...

The Face of Alzheimer's: A Portrait of Ruth

Marie Marley | Posted 06.12.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I volunteer to visit some ladies with Alzheimer's at a local memory care facility here in Kansas City. And I receive so much more than I give. I realize I shouldn't have a favorite but I do. Ruth is my favorite.