Reach out to other caregivers in your situation, and look for opportunities to give and get support. Recognizing that the work you do is important and that you're not alone in your situation will help you reap the most positive benefits from your caregiving.
You shouldn't abandon family traditions or change everything about the holiday experience because your loved one has Alzheimer's disease; instead, you should keep your traditions alive and make sure that you cherish the memories you have with them during this special time of year.
For anyone who is battling cancer, especially you young adults, don't fault these people. Love them anyway, even when they let you down.
November is Long Term Care Awareness month. And unless you have a parent who requires home care, or care in assisted living or a nursing home, you will probably stop reading here -- and whisper a silent prayer that it doesn't happen to you or your loved ones. That's not a good strategy.
What I did to keep breathing is different from what someone else will choose to do. I think that is the key word: choose. We can either choose to follow our child into the grave or learn to live without them. Live or die? Cancer stole their young lives... will it steal yours, too?
Sometimes, in menopause, hormones aren't the problem at all. Sometimes, the real issue is the role we play in our own lives and families--and for increasingly more perimenopausal and menopausal women, that role is sandwiched between two slices of responsibility.
For any caregiver who has felt that they needed their anchor, and motivation, to push through challenging times, the following are five benefits of attending a support group.
Eating problems are not uncommon to those with Alzheimer's disease, but by taking the time to get to the root of the issue, you may be able to make sure that this individual is getting the food and nourishment that they need to be their healthiest.
We all have the opportunity during October and November to provide much-needed care to bereaved parents and family members. Being aware of the potential impact of "forever grief" is the first important step.
I made a commitment. I told my husband I was going to make my parents a top priority in my life. He agreed. On my mom's 80th birthday in 1999, we physically moved my parents to a new home less than a mile from our house.
Compared to the rest of the country, Californians age 40 and older are more concerned about a range of aging issues and substantially more supportive of government initiatives to address long-term care needs for seniors.
Alzheimer's disease is not and should never be a personal problem. Not for those who have Alzheimer's or the people caring for them. Nor is it just a national problem for individual governments to manage.
Spiritual distress arises when a person finds it difficult to discern meaning, find comfort and draw upon a source of spiritual strength in order to cope more effectively. It speaks to what gives meaning, purpose, and comfort to a person's life.
Hospice is a difficult decision for anyone, but it allowed me to bring my late husband home, somewhere he desperately wanted to be.
Politicians and marketers take note: by mid-century, nearly 20 percent of the world's population will be women aged 50 and over, numbering nearly two-billion in total. Indeed, as the global population ages, the female demographic surges ahead.
There are two sides to nearly everything. When it comes to cancer, it's the dark side of things that often holds the focus and my experience with cancer was no exception.