Sometimes it is fairly easy to figure out what is going on. Sometimes it may seem impossible. But there is always a reason -- a reason other than, "It's the dementia."
As Thanksgiving approaches, families across the country are preparing to celebrate the holiday through a patchwork of traditions, from fried turkeys to tamales. Yet for a growing number of our friends, spending hours doting over a turkey is a luxury they don't have time for.
Many of the great tips, inspirations and empowering stories about caregiving come from lands far and away. Since most caregivers do not typically get a chance to take vacations -- especially to exotic international locales -- I thought I would share my caregiving global tour.
Caregivers deserve a rest in the arms of peace and quiet! In our noisy busy world, caregivers, those who are giving their best and most day after day...
It is possible to find yourself again and rekindle your joy when life takes a detour. Above all, it's a chance to shed unwanted layers, let go of what no longer serves you, and highlight the things that truly make you happy. Life ending up in a different place than you ever imagined can have a happy ending!
When a friend first told me about this amazing trip, "Pilgrimage of Walking Prayer, Magic, Miracles and Mystery on the Camino", I thought there is no way I could afford to do that! Walking the El Camino in France and Spain?
I have been a family caregiver my entire adult life, and I often feel like I'm running a marathon, but I don't know where the finish line is.
I know plenty of working dads who go away on boys' weekends. They don't feel badly about it. My wife makes time to be away with her friends. The biggest dilemma that presents the girls is finding a half marathon in a city with decent après-race shopping.
Today I turn 27 and in 3 days, my mother celebrates her birthday. I am excited about being able to share another birthday with my mom, and it means so much more when we can celebrate our birthdays together.
Mom, as I sit down to write my letter I wonder how I can possibly start to share all my feelings with you. So much has changed since you developed Alzheimer's 11 years ago. As I gather my thoughts I realize that you will not be able to comprehend most of what I say.
Day in and day out, 90 million family caregivers in the United States fulfill a vital role on their loved one's care team. No one else is in a better position to provide comfort and support, to advocate on behalf of the patient, and to ensure continuity of care.
In this new blog series, Things Your Aging Parents Aren't Telling You, we look at issues and problems that could be happening in your aging parent's life that they are not telling you about -- and offer solutions to help manage these situations.
Without even realizing it - in my denial, I still didn't acknowledge that Ed has Alzheimer's - I'd solved this first serious dementia-related problem.
Unpaid family members in the United States provide more than $470 billion worth of at-home care every year. Among these caregivers are the families of America's wounded warriors. Who are their caregivers?
Veterans Day seems the right time to educate and inform the American people about who we are by refuting the myths about what veterans and military families are not. We simply cannot afford to allow the sea of goodwill for our veterans turn into an ocean of apathy.
What small pleasures can you add in to your day? Give the gift of You back to Yourself in the smallest of doses and the rewards will start to add up. Enjoyment will begin to be felt. As they say, it's the little things that count.