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Dementia Caregiving

Her Heart Remembers: Still Mom

Janelle Capra | Posted 01.27.2015 | Parents
Janelle Capra

Dementia doesn't just affect the person who has it, it has a domino affect on the entire family -- the family members who live with it everyday and those who may just share in the journey from a distance.

Resolutions for Dementia Caregivers

Lou-Ellen Barkan | Posted 03.01.2015 | Fifty
Lou-Ellen Barkan

For a person who bears the onerous responsibility of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia, the new year always brings a heavy emotional burden.

How My Mother And I Are Handling Her Alzheimer's Diagnosis

Mardra Sikora | Posted 11.13.2014 | Fifty
Mardra Sikora

My mother is a character from a Tennessee Williams play... but without a Southern accent. I am her second child and was born when she was 16 years old. Her childhood was cut short and never spoken of in a way that imparted a sense of safety or innocence. Each man she ran away with she hoped would rescue her from the last. She gave up every child she bore to some degree.

Why Caring For My Aging Father Has Turned Into An 'Epic Nightmare'

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 11.11.2014 | Fifty
Elizabeth Flora Ross

Dad had a fall. The resulting injuries are horrific. The top of his femur smashed through his pelvis, shattering it. Picture a plate dropped onto a tile floor. That is my dad's pelvis. I've seen the images from the CAT scan, and they made me sick to my stomach. Doctors can do nothing to fix it.

Dementia and Wandering: A View From Search and Rescue

Dave Baldridge | Posted 09.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Dave Baldridge

We'll see more senior citizen wanderers in cities, parks, suburbs, and wilderness. Search and rescue teams do their best to mitigate the often-devastating effects of wandering, but they can't prevent the incidents.

10 Tips on Dealing with Late-Stage Illness and Death

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 07.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

Based on my years treating patients who have dealt with the loss of a loved one and my personal experience with my husband's death, I know there are many complicated emotions that one can experience when dealing with late-stage illness and death.

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.

Overnight Dementia 'Camp' Allows Caregivers Rest

AP | JIM FITZGERALD | Posted 12.01.2012 | Fifty

NEW YORK — Just after 10 p.m., when most people their age are going to sleep, a group of elderly folks suffering from dementia are just getting ...

Lessons For Caregivers: Survivor's Guilt And The Memory Room

Bernard Mooney | Posted 04.26.2012 | Fifty
Bernard Mooney

When my wife died, I felt survivor's guilt because the two of us shared every good thing and every bad thing that had occurred for a very long time. Now I felt guilty that she no longer had the opportunity to experience the things that are still to come.

Lessons For Caregivers Part 2: Dealing With Medical Professionals

Bernard Mooney | Posted 04.06.2012 | Fifty
Bernard Mooney

In short, when you are a caregiver dealing with doctors, be prepared to ask questions. When dealing with nurses, be prepared to listen.

How Tough Are You? Summoning Strength In Caregiving

Bernard Mooney | Posted 01.30.2012 | Fifty
Bernard Mooney

The weak, helpless, confused and eventually paralyzed state Celia had been in for four years hurt her 10 times more than it might hurt someone else. She did not abide by someone helping her to do everything, every day (not even her husband of 39 years).

Adapting Your Home for Aging Family Members

Kathryn Haslanger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kathryn Haslanger

Because dementia patients are very resistant to changes in their environment, and this resistance only increases over time, the earlier modifications can be made, the better.