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."
For spouse caregivers who have been in good marriages before the onset of Alzheimer's, experiencing some degree of daily anxiety or mild depression is quite common as the person we love most in this world is, for all practical purposes, gone... and yet still here.
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 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.
The "social model" hospice home, an uncommon prototype for hospice care, may have great promise for resolving some future end-of-life issues in the U....
Alzheimer's disease has absolutely no redeeming value. It is a disease that causes great pain for those who have it, and great pain for their caregivers. I hate what is happening and will continue to happen to Clare. I am angry that I cannot have my best friend, my wife, my lover to be with me to share what I had hoped would be our long retirement years.
Choices made before a loved one's death don't neutralize the need to grieve for what's being lost, but they can make a huge difference in the pace and depth of caregivers' healing thereafter.
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.
Caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be tremendously discouraging and stressful.
One day a year, we celebrate dads. Chances are, that's one day more than they had to celebrate becoming a father. At least that's the case in the U.S. - along with nearly 100 other countries around the world that don't provide any paid leave to new fathers.
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.
With the unofficial start of summer underway, many of us are eagerly anticipating all that this fun-filled season has to offer. There are so many thin...
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.
When you are diagnosed with breast cancer, you feel so alone and frightened. You have no idea what to do, what to think or what to say. Y...
"Our interventions are often for a limited time, so it ultimately falls on the family to make sure the home environment is working. We're always happy and relieved when a family reaches out to us and asks how they can help."
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.