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."
Just like our parents worried about us getting sick or hurt, there comes a time when we as adult children start to worry about the health of our parents. Perhaps we notice changes in their energy, memory or coordination. At some point, health issues can make it very difficult to live alone.
Sometimes we go looking for something and find something else entirely, which is what happened to me when I finally began to read my mother's journals that she left behind when Alzheimer's claimed her seven years ago.
The need to involve hospice can be extremely difficult and even depressing. It's common to dwell on dark thoughts of impending death. Some families delay ordering hospice care because it would force them to acknowledge that the end is near and they just can't deal with that.
Nothing can properly prepare anyone for the moment that a "live or die" decision must be made or someone dies. However, everyone can be ready for our inescapable and inevitable death by periodically letting those closest to you know that you love them.
Here are five tips for caregivers looking to manage aggression in their loved ones with dementia:
I never fear asking my mom any questions, for I know that immediately after everything disappears from her memory. Since this disease -- Alzheimer's -- runs in my family, when I forget simple things I am quite aware of it.
Nine years ago both of my parents were diagnosed with Alzheimer's on the same day. My sister and I moved them out of the home in which they'd amassed heaps of everything that would not biodegrade throughout a 60-year marriage. I handled the bulk of the clean-out. Things were lost. Important things were lost.
The 2016 Presidential primaries are winding down, and the crucial national strategic issue of the growing population of people over age 85 hasn't yet received much attention.
The Alzheimer's Association estimates that there are more than 15 million people serving as caregivers to people with Alzheimer's. The Family Caregiver Alliance states that caregivers are at increased risk for declines in physical and mental health. Furthermore, the Alliance states that women experience worse health effects than men.
One slides into caregiving. It's not like sliding into home plate because the baseball player is clearly conscious of his immediate goal, giving his...
I was a caregiver for 13 years for one of the most important men in my life -- my father, Papa JR. Like many caregivers, I experienced the joy and the heartbreak of caring for a parent at the end of his life. It was an honor to care for him and it was a blessing to share daily life with him. But there were challenges, too.
Nurses are burned out and need our appreciation! In honor of National Nurses Week, we made this short video love-letter to nurses featuring the photos of care staff at partnering organizations.
So while women are taking on more responsibilities in the paid workforce, greater financial power does not translate to greater power or equality in the domestic sphere. And even though women are playing a bigger role in the management of their family's money, these additional responsibilities are on top of the other household tasks for which women are also responsible.
My good friend Sandy Halperin, who has early onset Alzheimer's was recently honored along with Sanjay Gupta, M.D. with the 2016 Proxmire Award, which...
For decades prior to my mother's diagnosis of Alzheimer's in 2001, we had suffered a strained relationship born from her alcoholism. When I learned she had Alzheimer's, my hope for reconciliation and forgiveness drained away -- along with her cognitive abilities.