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Help Others for a Living? Here Are 5 Ways to Care for Yourself So You Can Care for Others

Nancie Vito | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancie Vito

Remember, the more care you take of yourself, the better care you can take of others. It's not selfish and it isn't taking anything away from others. On the contrary; it allows you to give the best care you possibly can, without suffering for it.

People Living With Alzheimer's Can Still Enjoy Life

Marie Marley | Posted 08.22.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

It seems that Alzheimer's is a devastating illness and that those who have it can never again enjoy life. But in the books of several experts on the disease, however, a somewhat different picture emerges.

Denial May Deprive Alzheimer's Caregivers of Joy

Marie Marley | Posted 08.14.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Alexandru was a close relative of Ed -- my beloved Romanian soulmate of 30 years. Alexandru was visiting Ed from out of town. One evening they had a long talk about a wide range of topics -- most of which concerned Alexandru's professional issues. The next day Ed had no memory of the visit, let alone what they had discussed.

Simple Pleasures Can Bring Joy to a Person With Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 08.05.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Sometimes it takes so little to bring joy to a person with Alzheimer's. The following story is a case in point. One day I arrived at the Alois Alzheimer Center to visit Ed, my beloved Romanian soul mate. As soon as I got out of the car, I realized I'd forgotten to bring any "props" for the visit. I was going to have to be creative.

Baby Boomers Face Problems Caring For Elderly Parents

Buck Wargo | Posted 07.17.2015 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

With our parents aging and life expectancies lengthening, a growing number of Baby Boomers are going to have to care for and support their parents.

Need Help Caring for a Loved One? Here Are Tips for Finding a Professional Caregiver

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 07.13.2015 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

Baby Boomers wear many hats: they're parents, workers, activists, enthusiasts, community organizers, and so forth. These are roles that Boomers have chosen. But there's a new role that they may not have banked on: that of a caregiver to an aging parent.

Embracing Grief When a Loved One Has Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 07.09.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

One day when I was visiting Ed, my beloved Romanian life partner of 30 years, in the memory care facility where he lived, they were having a festive sing-along. I sat down beside him to keep him company.

Losing My Mother Again and Again: My Story With Alzheimer's Disease

Heather Nevitt Van Lin | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Heather Nevitt Van Lin

My mom was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer's disease when she was 57. It started small. When we spoke on the phone, I noticed she became dis...

When a Loved One Has Alzheimer's -- Realization vs. Acceptance

Marie Marley | Posted 06.29.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

When a loved one has Alzheimer's it's critically important to overcome denial and realize that they have it. And it's even more important to accept the diagnosis and all it means. These are to two entirely different things.

Reflections of an Alzheimer's Spouse: Affection and Love

Allan S. Vann | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

Even though we are no longer best friends, we still love each other and I will show Clare affection for as long as she lives. And I know that Clare will show me affection for as long as she is able to do so.

What if It's Alzheimer's?

Marie Marley | Posted 06.12.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Alzheimer's is, above all, an insidious illness. It begins with very mild symptoms -- things we all do from time to time, such as forgetting to turn off the stove, temporarily forgetting an acquaintance's name, or misplacing the car keys. But for the person with dementia, these events will become more frequent, and with time, more serious symptoms will appear.

Reflections of an Alzheimer's Spouse... Acceptance

Allan S. Vann | Posted 06.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

I must learn how to get on with my life without having Clare by my side. I must accept that Clare and I are no longer a "we." Those "we" days are gone. I know that.

Alzheimer's and Making Peace With God

Marie Marley | Posted 06.07.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Facing the Herculean challenges of caregiving requires all the strength you can muster, including spiritual strength. It has been our experience that caregivers who develop what we would call "spiritual intentionality" are better able to face these challenges and retain their joy and hope than those who seek to go it alone, fueled by denial, anger and resentment.

Reflections of an Alzheimer's Spouse

Allan S. Vann | Posted 06.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

My wife, Clare, is dying. Slowly, but surely, Alzheimer's disease is taking Clare from me. Living in a lockdown dementia unit of an assisted living re...

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.

How I Dealt With My Contentious Loved One With Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 05.29.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I loved Ed, but I just didn't think I could tolerate it anymore. Yet, I couldn't possibly end our relationship, either. First, because I loved him too much. Second, it would have been morally reprehensible. He couldn't have gotten along on his own for even one day.

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...

The Rewards of Visiting People With Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 05.19.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I arrived for my first half day of volunteering to visit three ladies with Alzheimer's at Brookdale Senior Living's Clare Bridge memory care facility ...

Thinking for Two: My Brief Glimpse at a Daily Challenge of Dementia Caregiving

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Alana Rosenstein

While group members grieve the changes that Alzheimer's disease has brought to their lives and relationships, they find that they are no longer quite so alone in facing life's daily challenges, losses and decisions. They are part of a new community of men and women who intuitively understand their struggle.

What It Takes To Age Well

Stacey Gordon | Posted 05.06.2015 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

As a member of her team, I helped Ethel live the rest of her life in the way she had envisioned for herself and detailed in her Life Plan.

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.

How to Talk to Your Elderly Parent About the Dangers of Falling

Jim T. Miller | Posted 06.26.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

A simple fall can cause a serious hip fracture, broken bone or head injury, which can lead to hospital stays, disability, loss of independence and even death. But even falls without a major injury can cause seniors to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active.

A Caregiving Story That Truly Defines 'In Sickness And In Health'

Teresa Kindred | Posted 06.24.2015 | Fifty
Teresa Kindred

When couples say their wedding vows, many of them promise to be faithful to each other through sickness and health. When Betty and Richey Coffey married in 1964 there was no way they could have foreseen the physical and emotional challenges they would endure for the next 50 years.

10 Emotions, One Day: The Life of an Alzheimer's Caregiver

Rena McDaniel | Posted 06.24.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

I can't help feeling angry sometimes, no matter how much I try to fend it off. What has my life come to? Why can't things just be a little easier? Why is she so mean sometimes? Why did my mother get this horrible disease in the first place?

Tips for Staying Healthy While Being a Caregiver for Someone Else

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

One of the most difficult aspects of being a caregiver for another person is finding time to take care of your own needs. Caregiving is an unpredictable, chaotic and continuous task so it can feel impossible to create a schedule that includes time for self-nurturing and rest.