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The Little Question That Can Change Alzheimer's Care

Paula Spencer Scott | Posted 05.10.2014 | Fifty
Paula Spencer Scott

If you want to change the behavior of someone with Alzheimer's, ask yourself this little question: WHY?

Why Alzheimer's Isn't Always Depressing

Marie Marley | Posted 05.08.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Alzheimer's is a deadly serious disease and deservedly so. Yet I ask this: Does being 'serious' mean that it is horrible and depressing? Yes, it can be horrible and depressing. But is it always that way? I think not.

How to Care for the Alzheimer's Caregiver in Your Life

Eric J. Hall | Posted 04.25.2014 | Impact
Eric J. Hall

For the millions of people from all over the globe that are dealing with Alzheimer's disease, the family and friends that act as their caregivers are ...

A Message of Hope

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 04.27.2014 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

After 47 years of marriage, five children and 14 grandchildren, my husband, Marc, lost his beloved wife to Alzheimer's. Phyllis's illness spanned 10 cruel, heart wrenching years during which Marc was her soul caregiver.

Tips and Support Services for Family Caregivers

Jim T. Miller | Posted 04.26.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Taking care of an elder loved one over a period of time can be incredibly taxing, both physically and mentally. Fortunately, there are a number of tips and services you can turn to that can help lighten the load. Here are several to consider.

How I Want to Be Treated If I Develop Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 04.23.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I want to be treated with respect, which means people should not talk about me negatively in my presence. If I am 'still there' I may understand every word even if I don't talk anymore. I will also want people to knock before entering my room and preserve my dignity.

Being a Parent/Caregiver: Patience, Compassion and Guilt

Jim Moret | Posted 04.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jim Moret

A friend told me once that a parent is only as happy as their least happy child. When one of your kids is battling a chronic, debilitating disease, the limitations on that happiness becomes abundantly clear.

Starting Hospice Care for a Loved One: A Heartbreaking Decision

Marie Marley | Posted 04.20.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

What happens when your loved one is ready for hospice care but you aren't? I'd like to share my personal experience with this situation.

Obituaries and Valentines

Pat Taylor | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Pat Taylor

Obituaries and valentines: two words that one rarely sees side by side on the greeting card rack at the drugstore or on the list of options provided b...

Whose No. 1 Valentine Are You?

Dr. Tiffany Chow | Posted 04.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tiffany Chow

This dharma or philosophical and spiritual teaching about love is a wonderful way to approach the world, and many people automatically go out of their way for others, whether those are family members, friends, or even strangers.

Caring for the Caregivers

Dr. Jill Biden | Posted 04.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jill Biden

Because of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Caregiver Rule, Brett's employer kept his job open so Brett had the time to care for his brother. Now Brett's back at his job in Chicago, and Kyle is doing great. Like the brothers' situation illustrates, these support systems can have a significant impact on the day-to-day hardships caregivers face.

Bring Joy to a Person With Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Marie Marley

The thing to remember is that people with Alzheimer's live only in the present. If you understand that you won't be disappointed when they shunt the present aside. The main thing is to bring them pleasure in the moment and that's what a wrapped gift usually does.

Home Health Care: A New Start for a New Year

Marki Flannery | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

If you are caring for someone with little or no family or who is reluctant to reach out, a probing conversation might help you discover ways to build or rebuild social connections. Here are some ways to begin.

Dear Nanny

Jessica Pallay | Posted 03.18.2014 | Parents
Jessica Pallay

I wondered if I'd made a huge mistake, if I was outsourcing motherhood to you. You were a relative stranger, and you were raising my baby! Would she grow up feeling abandoned by me? Or unloved? Would she forever blame me for leaving her in someone else's care for the better part of her days?

Precautions and Care Tips for Alzheimer's Patients During Cold Weather

Eric J. Hall | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

While most people face certain weather-related challenges during the winter when going about their everyday lives, for those with Alzheimer's disease, the complications can be even more severe.

Role change

Stanley Ely | Posted 03.11.2014 | Fifty
Stanley Ely

My relationship with Morris went back to when I was a nervous teenager and he, a returning World War II veteran, moved in as a roommate in my bedroom.

Alzheimer's Stories That Matter

Marie Marley | Posted 03.10.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

The stories told by people with Alzheimer's can teach us a lot about their lives. They also help us find important topics to discuss when we visit, which can make our visits far more pleasant and meaningful to the person we're seeing.

The Girl With the Faraway Eyes

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 03.04.2014 | Fifty
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

There was a time when my siblings and I bought presents for my mum and dad on New Years Eve -- the night they were married. It's been nearly 20 years since my dad passed away. I wonder, if like me, my siblings are remembering special dinners, pretty dresses and two people in love.

Why I Bought My 80-Year-Old Mother a Tiara

Emma Nicholson | Posted 03.01.2014 | Fifty
Emma Nicholson

I decided this Christmas to give her something to remind her of how special she is and how much fun there is yet to be had...

People With Alzheimer's Say the Darndest Things

Marie Marley | Posted 02.25.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Many times, the person is aware, and even proud, he or she has said something humorous. Then we laugh with the person -- not at them. These moments can be among the most precious we will ever have with our loved ones.

How Medicare Covers Alzheimer's Disease

Jim T. Miller | Posted 02.22.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Here's a breakdown of what Medicare does and doesn't cover when it comes to Alzheimer's disease, along with some tips that can help you plan ahead.

How to Keep an Eye Out for Signs of Alzheimer's During the Holidays

Eric J. Hall | Posted 02.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

There is more family time spent during the holiday than during any other time of the year. Also, many times, if you have gone without seeing a loved one for several months, it can be easier to notice some of the signs and symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Giving Thanks for the Service of Alzheimer's Caregivers This Holiday Season

Eric J. Hall | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

This holiday season spend time to not only give thanks for the friends and family around you but for the Alzheimer's caregivers that help keep these loved ones happy and healthy during this most wonderful time of the year.

The Policy Challenges Of Long-Term Caregiving

A. Barry Rand | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
A. Barry Rand

As the primary caregiver for my father during the last eight years of his life, I know only too well the personal challenges and rewards caregivers and their families experience. But when we realize that in 2009, 62 million family caregivers provided over $450 billion in care, we see that the personal challenges of caregiving also have significant public policy implications.

Approaching the Holiday Season as an Alzheimer's Caregiver

Eric J. Hall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

You shouldn't abandon family traditions or change everything about the holiday experience because your loved one has Alzheimer's disease; instead, you should keep your traditions alive and make sure that you cherish the memories you have with them during this special time of year.