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."
If you are not a caregiver but know someone who is, consider volunteering your services to give them a break from caregiving. Especially during the busy holiday season, the gift of respite is likely to be gratefully accepted.
As an autism mom and former cancer caregiver, there have been long stretches of time when the only medical professionals I saw were those I took my son or late husband to see.
Finding success at an early age, Tobie Giddio began illustrating advertisements for Bergdorf Goodman soon after graduating from college. The ads were somewhat iconic and ran through the end of the '80s.
Alzheimer's disease is a deadly serious topic, and deservedly so. But sometimes laughter is the best medicine. So I'm going to share some amusing stories about my colorful, eccentric life partner, Ed. He also found them funny and we both had a good laugh! I was laughing with him -- not at him.
Even when interactions get overwhelming or they seem like a lot to handle, it is important to stick with it and keep visiting them, even if they don't necessarily know who you are.
Something that we learned early on is that people respond differently to the loss of a loved one. Some may want to openly discuss it, while others would prefer to deal with the loss internally.
The good news is that with some common sense, cooperation from others, and the willingness to be flexible, not only will you survive, but this season of wonders will become a time to create new memories and traditions -- ones that will bring joy for years to come.
I have been blessed with this ESP. I gladly concede to this clairvoyant gift so long as my husband remains untouched -- but that is impossible. The demon is sewn to my husband's soul. We can lock him up, but he will never leave us.
That extremely stressful caregiving experience was to be the seed of an exciting transformation. Life gave me a lemon and so, although I didn't plan it and really wasn't even aware of it, I made lemonade.
The siblings who are not helping day-to-day end up missing out. This is a time of life when an aging parent may begin to soften, to let down her guard and let herself be known more deeply than ever before.
Kimberly-Clark Corporation's product Depend has received media attention due to its commercials with men and women proudly wearing its product. This ...
I'm speaking specifically about those individuals - almost always women (83%*) - who care for someone with a chronic or life ending illness at home. They are the unsung heroes of American healthcare.
With already too many things on our plates, caregivers often sacrifice their own needs to devote their time to caregiving. Reading a good book, exercising at the gym, preparing a nutritious meal, meeting an old friend for coffee... these are the events that become expendable in the face of care.
Each year for my favorite holiday I reflect on those things for which I am most thankful. On my list I have always included my thanks for those th...
Two groups of people are especially vulnerable to the fear they are getting dementia - those who have a loved one with dementia and those who work with dementia patients, say at a nursing home or assisted living memory care unit.