My wife, Clare, is dying. Slowly, but surely, Alzheimer's disease is taking Clare from me. Living in a lockdown dementia unit of an assisted living re...
Perhaps in the course of raising your children or earning a living, your own dreams have gotten lost in the shuffle. You're not alone if you've been diverted from the path toward pursuing your dreams or even figuring out what you want to be when you grow up. It's easy to get drawn into 'life-as-usual.'
I learned that, paradoxically, caring for someone you love can be an intensely lonely road; simultaneously a time of near constant togetherness and a time of profound isolation. And I believe this isolation can be as devastating to the caregiver as any affliction is to the person being cared for.
I loved Ed, but I just didn't think I could tolerate it anymore. Yet, I couldn't possibly end our relationship, either. First, because I loved him too much. Second, it would have been morally reprehensible. He couldn't have gotten along on his own for even one day.
Evaluating a nursing home for your loved one is as fraught as buying your first home, but without any of the joy. Here's quick advice for when you are doing your own evaluation:
I arrived for my first half day of volunteering to visit three ladies with Alzheimer's at Brookdale Senior Living's Clare Bridge memory care facility ...
It's normal to look at other middle-aged daughters who accompany their parents to the doctor's office and wonder how they could let themselves go. It's normal to look in the bathroom mirror and realize you have let yourself go.
While group members grieve the changes that Alzheimer's disease has brought to their lives and relationships, they find that they are no longer quite so alone in facing life's daily challenges, losses and decisions. They are part of a new community of men and women who intuitively understand their struggle.
I always come away from this conference with a renewed sense of purpose and passion. It strengthens my resolve to bring more awareness to mesothelioma and the sad state of asbestos laws in the US. I will continue to do my part in getting this deadly substance banned.
As we live longer, we are going to need more caregivers than is currently imaginable. This need explodes even more dramatically as we continue the parallel path of de-population -- stunningly low birth rates that have consequences for the proportion of old to young in society.
Just like a patient needs a whole team of people to help, so should a primary caregiver be afforded the opportunity to have a support team. Your caregiver needs someone with whom they can talk and share how they are feeling.
Over the past five years of living with mom's dementia, I have seen time and time again that despite the complete confusion and craziness that comes with this disease, my mom's brain may not remember the details, but her heart always does.
When the day arrives, the day you dreaded, the day you know that you put so far into the back of your mind, it had no possibility of ever coming tru...
When people become ill, sometimes they need medicine or certain supplies. Sometimes they need a hospital stay or an operation. Other times they simply need bed rest. But there's one thing that's needed by everyone, everywhere: good care.
Today almost half (47 percent) of seniors aged 75+ live alone. As people get older, their likelihood of living alone only increases. Loneliness contributes to cognitive decline, risk of dementia, arthritis, impaired mobility and depression.
As a member of her team, I helped Ethel live the rest of her life in the way she had envisioned for herself and detailed in her Life Plan.