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Daily Meditations for Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregivers

Marie Marley | Posted 01.22.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

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...

5 Tips for Talking With a Person Who Has Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 01.14.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

"I don't have a daughter," she said matter of factly. "Oh," I countered, picking up the family photo again and holding it out for her to see. "You just told me you have a daughter. Here she is."

Are You Concerned You May Be Developing Alzheimer's?

Marie Marley | Posted 01.23.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Two groups of people are especially vulnerable to the fear they are getting dementia - those who have a loved one with dementia and those who work with dementia patients, say at a nursing home or assisted living memory care unit.

Alzheimer's Journal - Come Back Early Today

Marie Marley | Posted 12.29.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Ed, my beloved Romanian life partner, had Alzheimer's for the last seven years of our 30-year relationship and was living at Cincinnati's Alois Alzhei...

Life After Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 11.19.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

As I'm sitting here writing this, nearly 15 years have passed since that fateful evening Ed was found driving on the wrong side of the road. Since that first sign that something serious was wrong with him. I was only 50 then; now I'm into my 60s. The years have gone by slowly.

5 Tips for Surviving Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 10.25.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Late one evening I was deeply immersed in writing a short story when I was startled by the phone ringing. Must be Ed I thought. But it wasn't. It wa...

Smart Ways To Beat The Stress Of Alzheimer's Caregiving

Marie Marley | Posted 08.27.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Bethany's mother has Alzheimer's and Bethany is the primary caregiver. In fact she's the only caregiver. She's on duty 24/7 and, after three years in this role she often feels physically and mentally exhausted. If only she had some time to herself. She used to love photography but hasn't had time for that since before her mother got sick.

Alzheimer's Caregivers: 5 Tips for Dealing With Family Conflict

Marie Marley | Posted 08.02.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Having a family member with Alzheimer's disease is a stressful situation for everyone involved. The conflict typically affects the primary caregiver more than other family members.

A Tender Alzheimer's Love Story

Marie Marley | Posted 07.20.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Ed, my Romanian soul mate of 30 years, had Alzheimer's. And I knew I'd never be able to accept it. It was so bad I couldn't have a meaningful two-way exchange with him. He couldn't advise me about my problems or praise me for my successes as he'd always done.

Grief: What to Do When It Never Ends

Marie Marley | Posted 07.14.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Joyce sits alone in her bedroom every night. Most nights, she ends up bursting into tears over the loss of her husband of 30 years. The pain is searin...

How to Convince a Loved One With Alzheimer's Symptoms to Go to the Doctor

Marie Marley | Posted 07.07.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

It's critical for everyone involved to overcome their denial and take the first difficult step of consulting a physician about the symptoms. Some people think there's no reason to seek a diagnosis because there's no cure for the disease. Yet it's is important for several reasons.

Alzheimer's Caregivers: The Pros and Cons of Placing Your Loved One in a Facility

Marie Marley | Posted 05.18.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

The caregiver may have promised his or her loved one many years before to never put them in any kind of facility for any reason. Breaking that promise would be extraordinarily difficult.

Why Alzheimer's Caregiving and Pride Don't Mix

Marie Marley | Posted 11.03.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

You can't win an argument with a person who has Alzheimer's. Agree with whatever he says -- no matter how absurd -- unless there's a compelling reason not to, and there rarely is.

Bringing Joy to a Person With Alzheimer's: The Little Beep Game

Marie Marley | Posted 08.04.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Just seeing him smile and hearing him laugh had become more than enough to make up for losing our previous relationship. My heart had changed forever. Our love had endured, even despite Alzheimer's -- the last and most daunting obstacle it would ever face.

How I Accidentally Wrote a Book on Alzheimer's Caregiving

Marie Marley | Posted 04.27.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I wrote Come Back Early Today: A Memoir of Love, Alzheimer's and Joy as a love story. It's about the powerful 30-year relationship I had with Edward Theodoru, a delightfully colorful, wickedly eccentric Romanian gentleman and scholar.

Alzheimer's Test: 'What If You Had a Fire in Your Kitchen?'

Marie Marley | Posted 11.25.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Ed answered the knock on his door and found Nancy, a pretty young lady in her mid-20s, standing there. He smiled and gestured for her to enter. "Oh, I'm so excited to see you again. How have you been? Ed had never seen Nancy before.

Dementia Patient's Strange Request Foreshadows Tragedy

Marie Marley | Posted 11.20.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

"Tomorrow?" he asked. "What do you have to do that's so important you can't come back until tomorrow?" I didn't know what to say. "Well, when do you want me to come back?" I finally asked. "Today!" "Okay," I said, playing along. "I'll come back today."

Nursing Home Aide's Shocking Behavior

Marie Marley | Posted 11.14.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

When Alice returned, her blue eyes were downcast, her lower lip quivering. What she did next was astounding.

How I Got My Beloved, Demented Romanian Soul Mate to Move to a Nursing Home

Marie Marley | Posted 07.21.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

So there I was with this 92-year old man who desperately needed to be in an Alzheimer's care facility. He adamantly refused to go. He said he'd die first. He always said he'd die first. Always.

When Alzheimer's Patients Make Perfect Sense: Those Stunning Moments of Total Lucidity

Marie Marley | Posted 07.14.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

As a person's illness progresses, these episodes tend to occur less often, and so when they do occur, it's all the more striking and precious.

How to Break the News When It's Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 07.07.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Informing people that you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's can be painful and exceedingly difficult.

Creative Entertainment for People With Early- and Mid-Stage Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 04.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Marie Marley

All people with Alzheimer's and other dementias need to have entertainment. It's essential to their overall wellbeing. The key to success in providing entertainment is to find activities appropriate for the person's stage of the disease.