Alzheimer's care had begun to take its toll. Exhausted, a light bulb finally turned on in my head: If something doesn't change, stress might just do m...
Today, nearly forty million Americans are providing unpaid care of aging, disabled or other people who need assistance. One fourth of these are mille...
We are in the midst of an age wave, brought on by baby boomers who are changing the nation's demographics and redefining the meaning of old age.
It seems like I've been exhausted for 20 years. In just the last few months I've been waking up to the realization that this fatigue is the direct result of too much time and energy doing things that I can't or don't want to do.
In a new book penned by Barbara Smith and her husband Dan Gasby, Before I Forget the couple share their journey as a caregiver and care recipient. Teamed with Vanity Fair Editor and author Michael Schnayerson, the book is equal parts love story, memoir and manual.
These are two different things. It's one thing to finally realize someone close to you has Alzheimer's. It's a completely different thing to accept that fact.
Yes, I understand that I am lucky to still have my mom, yet I also know how much more Alzheimer's can rob from her. Just thinking of how much worse she could become, as her disease progresses, leaves me feeling nauseous and sick to my stomach.
Considering the prevalence of Alzheimer's, it is critical that proper attention be given towards the expected symptoms and setbacks. One of the mo...
The President's actions following his final State of the Union will have an impact on the 50-plus set in the many years after he finishes his second term. Here are four takeaways for you and your family to keep an eye on in the future.
In a long car ride with my musically savvy teenagers, I happily listened to the bands they enjoy most, bands with names like "Vampire Weekend" and "...
Unless you work or frequent the legislative halls of state government, it's quite probable you have never heard of Elaine Ryan, the AARP's vice president of state advocacy and strategy integration.
There are lots of great video monitoring cameras that can help families keep a watchful eye on an elderly parent from afar, but make sure it's OK with your mom first. Many seniors find this type of "I'm watching you" technology to be an invasion of privacy, while others don't mind and even welcome the idea. With that said, here are some top monitoring devices for keeping tabs on your mom.
When raising children, we often try to shield them from problems and stress. We don't let them know that the mortgage is two months behind. We don't share our marital problems with them. And we do what we can to make sure they are happy, feel loved, and have the best chance to succeed in life.
All too often loved ones of people with Alzheimer's are in denial. Hence they spend their time trying to get the person to 'act normal.' Trying to get them to remember and do things they will never be able to remember or do. This only leads to anger and frustration for the visitor and often for the person with Alzheimer's as well.
New Year's resolutions get a bad rap, and that's understandable, considering the high rate of failure. As a caregiver for a senior loved one, you may be tempted to forgo the resolutions this year. After all, why add more to your already substantial to-do list? But this isn't such a good idea.
We as a society need to go long on one especially critical issue that we seem to be in political and policy denial about -- the need for long-term services and federal policies which promote them.