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Confessions of a Worn-Out Caregiver

Marie Marley | Posted 04.28.2015 | 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 04.26.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.24.2015 | 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 04.08.2015 | 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.

What One Woman Learned After Caring For Her Husband Through Lung Cancer

Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living

In 2005, Laura and her husband Tim opened a bakery in Ypsilanti, Michigan, fulfilling a lifelong goal of Tim's. In July 2012, Tim was diagnosed with s...

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

Marie Marley | Posted 04.06.2015 | 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 03.23.2015 | 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...

How to Be A Better Alzheimer's Caregiver: Strategies for Success

Eric J. Hall | Posted 03.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

One of the best things that any Alzheimer's caregiver can do is to educate themselves. It is important to be educated both on Alzheimer's disease and on the ins and outs of being a caregiver. Any successful caregiver should be up-to-date with the latest caregiving strategies and know the ins and outs of Alzheimer's disease and what changes it brings.

Try Giving Your Loved One With Alzheimer's a Stuffed Animal

Marie Marley | Posted 03.12.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I had finally found a way to relate to him -- one that was truly satisfying for both of us. I was delighted to see his happiness. When I realized I could bring pleasure to my "new Ed" it was more than enough to make up for the loss of my "old Ed" and our previous relationship.

Is It Still Cheating If Your Spouse No Longer Recognizes You?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.12.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

When your spouse no longer knows who you are, should you still be held to wedding vows of 'til death do us part?' Or does death sometimes come in stages, draining away the person you married drop by precious drop?

A Day With Alzheimer's As a Caregiver

Rena McDaniel | Posted 05.02.2015 | 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 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...

Not Your Typical Artist

Harriet Heydemann | Posted 04.22.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 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.

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

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 04.10.2015 | 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 04.10.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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 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...

Self-Care: An Essential Element of Caregiving

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 04.04.2015 | 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 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.

6 Positive Lessons I Learned From Alzheimer's

Elena Rosberg | Posted 03.27.2015 | 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 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...