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."
This month is Alzheimer's Awareness Month. I propose that we raise awareness of just how horrible, destructive and expensive this disease is and that we deploy the attention and resources needed to beat Alzheimer's before it beats us.
We recognize that it's more common to talk about Millennials instead of to them, particularly when it comes to the topic of aging, but you've truly earned your place at the table. Now that you're here with fresh perspective from your generation, here's an idea for your first term.
The journey for every Alzheimer's caregiver is hard. The road is filled with unexpected turns, bumps, detours and dead ends. It's easy to lose your way. Anger, confusion and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness are common.
In the case of this CAREGIFTED fundraising initiative, writers--from world-renowned to beginners--are providing that help as writers bid on manuscript critiques provided by celebrated authors.
This morning brought a splendid gift: I can walk without pain for the first time in two months. I feel like joyfully dancing in the street, but I'm so uncoordinated that I'd trip on a pebble and break a bone.
November is National Family Caregivers month. I want to share two great books that I found informative...
Placing a loved one in a nursing facility is a highly controversial issue. Many people would rather die than do it. But in some -- not all -- cases, such placement may actually be the best solution for the patient.
As Kathleen reminded me, I need to stop killing off my mother. I have the rest of my life to grieve after she dies. For today, all Mom wants is for me to be with her... now.
When it comes to Parkinson's disease, the body is the main focus. It slows down, changes, becomes clumsy and deformed, sweats, tires out quickly, and it no longer obeys its owner when it comes to tremors or dyskinesia...
Do something for and with a senior in your family, community. We are a nation of givers -- generously giving time, energy and resources to benefit individuals less fortunate. It's a great American tradition to take time to reflect on and give thanks for the blessings of health, freedom, personal and financial security, family and friends.
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's can be extremely difficult. If you reach the end of your rope and need advice on the spot, two organizations have helplines you can easily access: the Alzheimer's Association and the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. (Please note, however, that you should call 911 for emergencies.)
As my mom lie naked from the waist down, I lifted up her legs like a toddler, while my sister slid a pad under her hips. I got a diaper out of the package left by the hospice nurse, and placed it on my mom. Never having children, this was foreign to me.
A new study has found that staying calm and avoiding intense mood swings can help women avoid the onset of Alzheimer's.
I encourage all caregivers to remember that there is no "one-size-fits-all" approach to providing care. Accept that you will make mistakes. Control what you can control and let go of the rest. You didn't ask for this situation, but you are here and stepping up to care for your loved one. That is an amazing undertaking!
While I love the #WhyImVoting hashtag, it's pretty clear to me that until #WhyI'mRunning is more of a thing, it's going to be an uphill battle to pass legislation that makes family life frankly more livable.