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Dementia Care

10 Ways You Can Help a Loved One With Alzheimer's Survive Hospitalization

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

Two weeks ago, I got a call that my mother had suffered a stroke, and that she was in the hospital. For someone with Alzheimer's, like her, hospitalization can be a traumatic and sometimes fatal event.

Why My Mom Loves My Dad's Mistress

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 04.16.2013 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

My father's ability to combat the isolation of dementia by creating an imaginary and omnipresent mate may not be unique to him. Imagination may possibly hold the gifts of comfort and solace as we face the uncertainties of old age.

8 Ways to Spot Your Denial About Dementia

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 04.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

At first, denial can be a healthy defense against admitting that your loved one has dementia. Denial helps you block the more painful aspects of reality. However, if denial continues too long, then it can be life-threatening to you and your loved one.

How to Tell If a Loved One Has Dementia

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

If you find yourself faced with these 10 signs of dementia, please get help for your loved one. And seek help for yourself too, so that you can deal with your loved one's illness effectively.

Honoring Caregivers in Our Lives Throughout the Holidays

Sarah Granger | Posted 01.25.2013 | Impact
Sarah Granger

I'm thanking the caregivers in my life this year -- friends and families who give countless hours to others with often no payment beyond their own knowledge that they're doing the right thing for another.

Living With Alzheimer's, Looking for a Home

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

We can take each of those seven characteristics of "home" and use them to assess living environments for people with dementia, remembering that significant accommodations may need to be made to recreate the home experience that patients yearn for.

Home Health Aides: We Need to Raise the Bar

Marki Flannery | Posted 09.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

While this survey uncovered far too many "bad apples," home health aides like Zena give us a benchmark to strive for as we seek to fill a ballooning and all-important need: caring for our loved ones as they age.

What I Love About Dad: A Father's Day Tribute

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 08.14.2012 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

My father can no longer ride in on a white horse -- or even a white sedan -- to rescue me. But even with dementia, he appreciates the straightforward and heartfelt words: "I love you."

How to Best Help Alzheimer's Caregivers? Teach Them Mindfulness

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 07.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

Mindfulness is about slowing down enough to connect with ourselves and our loved one, moment to moment. As we do so, we can de-stress and at the same time give ourselves and our loved one the chance of experiencing greater well-being.

Making Alzheimer's Moms Happy With Just a One-Minute Call a Day

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 07.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

I would like to share one small thing I have discovered with my mother, that's made a huge difference in how I feel about living so far from her.

Meet the Mental Health Needs of People With Dementia

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 03.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has begun to develop a long-term plan regarding dementia. The planning advisory committee for this project includes a representative of the Substance Abuse and Services Administration and representatives of other federal agencies.

3 Questions to Ask About Assisted Living Memory Care Communities

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 02.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

Finding an assisted living community for a loved one with dementia can be a daunting process. I have been on both sides of the fence.

13 Tips For Caregivers Of Those With Dementia

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 10.24.2011 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

The journey of dementia is never easy, and it can be made many times worse if family members do not have the internal tools to take care of themselves and their loved ones.

A Happier New Year for The Alzheimer's Community

Laura N. Gitlin, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Laura N. Gitlin, Ph.D.

For the 11 million Americans caring for a husband, wife, family member, or friend with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder, this New Year's Eve will be more hopeful than usual because Congress has finally voted to establish the National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA).

Time for a 'World Cognitive Reserve' Day?

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

While there is nothing we can do today to prevent Alzheimer's pathology, there is much we can do, as individuals and as a society, to build up Cognitive Reserve.