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."
In my opinion, being happy is not easy or hard and shouldn't be viewed with a pass/fail mindset. It's an emotional state that you can develop and incorporate into your daily life... but it doesn't just happen.
Everyone wants to be needed. We all want to feel we're making a difference in someone else's life. It's a universal human need.
The bottom line is that if you find yourself feeling depressed, you can't expect your condition to resolve itself -- you need to do something about it!
The past few years have been increasingly more challenging for me, as I've been taking on increasing responsibilities for my elderly mother's care, he...
My mother reacts very sensitively to my feelings and moods. That is typical of Alzheimer's patients. When I visit her feeling hectic and tense, she reacts immediately, takes on my mood, and becomes nervous and negative. But when I am cheerful and attentive, she is happy. This has taught me to be much more aware of myself and my feelings when I am with other people.
Yes, psychiatric problems can be difficult for the mental health consumer, but the consumer does not experience their symptoms in a vacuum. Their loved ones, family (spouses, children, extended family) and friends, are also impacted.
Did you ever wish you had a book of spiritual readings about Alzheimer's caregiving you could read every day to help inspire, comfort and encourage yo...
Our son refuses to tolerate 20 years loss of life expectancy. If more people with serious mental illnesses were aware of the risks, maybe they would make changes and refuse as well.
Love isn't something to look and search for. It's something that we open ourselves to. It's a matter of finding the love that is already within us and expressing that out into the world so that we can create the love in our lives that we desire.
While she does have a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, Leeza is also a powerful star in the world of Alzheimer's caregiving. Both her mother and grandmother had the disorder, and that's when she learned first-hand how devastating the disease can be for caregivers.
For a person who bears the onerous responsibility of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia, the new year always brings a heavy emotional burden.
People with Alzheimer's sometimes have personality changes that can be extremely negative. Formerly sweet loved ones can become argumentative and even...
As a family caregiver you may not always control the circumstances that come your way, but you can fully control their meaning to you and the way you react to them. And remember, if the weather looks a little threatening don't spend your precious time worrying about finding a way to change it.
The holidays are all about believing. 'Tis the season to take sheer delight in our small children's innocence and lovingly see the sparkle of somethi...
Even though you are no longer able to celebrate all of the holiday events the exact same way you did before, there are still numerous ways to enjoy the season if you adopt that "live in the moment" attitude.