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Alzheimers Caregiving

10 Creative Ways to Help When Your Help Isn't Wanted

Paula Spencer Scott | Posted 04.14.2014 | Fifty
Paula Spencer Scott

Parents are driven by a need for control, and their adult children are driven by a need to solve problems, get things done, and tick items off a to-do list. That disconnect can be crazymaking -- for both sides.

9 Ideas For Music Therapy For Alzheimer's Patients At Home

Paula Spencer Scott | Posted 04.07.2014 | Fifty
Paula Spencer Scott

My dad couldn't always remember my name, but he could sing every word of "The Blue Skirt Waltz." When he danced with his youngest granddaughter to Frankie Yankovic, the effects of his dementia disappeared into a polka beat.

What It's Like To Watch My Mother As Alzheimer's Creeps In

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 03.18.2014 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

Memory is tricky, even people without Alzheimer's forget where they put their keys or why they went upstairs. Was I looking for something in the bedroom? Yes, that's right, I need a sweater.

Let's Celebrate Great Frontline Caregivers

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 03.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Getting to know a person with memory loss enables us to discover their unmet need in order to know how to respond and is one of the keys to providing excellent memory care.

Study Finds Alzheimer's More Deadly Than Previously Thought

Posted 03.05.2014 | Fifty

With the number of people living with dementia expected to double to 65.7 million by 2030, no one doubts the seriousness of Alzheimer's. And now a ...

Global Dementia Research: New Treatments on the Horizon

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

These international and national initiatives indicate strong momentum with scientists making progress in the fight to end Alzheimer's. Promising research is underway in the following areas, which gives us hope that new treatments may be on the horizon.

Alzheimer's Stories That Matter

Marie Marley | Posted 03.10.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

The stories told by people with Alzheimer's can teach us a lot about their lives. They also help us find important topics to discuss when we visit, which can make our visits far more pleasant and meaningful to the person we're seeing.

Zen and the Art of Alzheimer's

Mary McLaughlin | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary McLaughlin

I expect to introduce myself repeatedly to my father this Christmas. I only hope that each time I do, he finds that he is pleased to meet me.

Helping Older Adults Cope With Lifestyle Changes

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 02.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

During the holidays, some families may notice changes in their senior loved one's cognitive or physical health, prompting them to consider that it may be time for them to move to a senior living community. When that time comes, some may take it for granted and assume it's a natural transition.

Heal Alzheimer's Disease With Art

Michael Samuels, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Samuels, M.D.

Anyone can use the healing power of art to reach a loved one living with Alzheimer's disease. The results can be astonishing.

Find Your Anchor: Alzheimer's Support Groups Are Empowering

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 12.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

For any caregiver who has felt that they needed their anchor, and motivation, to push through challenging times, the following are five benefits of attending a support group.

How To Confront A 21st Century Epidemic

Paul Hogan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Paul Hogan

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia can be a sad, lonely and often frustrating struggle. It could be Mom or Dad, or a grandparent or beloved uncle, who begins to lose his or her grip on the world. They may speak and act strangely, forget familiar names and people, wander or get lost, regress to their childhood, or withdraw fully into themselves.

Caregivers and Sleep: A New Research Study

Hilary Young | Posted 10.20.2013 | Fifty
Hilary Young

Whether being kept awake because of caring for a loved one or because of insomnia, lack of sleep can take its toll on both your mind and body. Here are some tips for creating better sleeping habits.

The Powerful Effects of Music in Memory Care

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 09.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Fortunately, you don't have to be a physician, scientist, memory care specialist, or music therapist to make meaningful connections through music. So dust off that piano or CD player, or better yet, warm up your voice and start singing!

Alzheimer's Caregivers: Taking Vacations Is Possible

Eric J. Hall | Posted 09.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

Remember that as a caregiver you deserve time to yourself and that you are doing this to make yourself a better caretaker for your loved one. Not taking care of yourself will only harm your loved one in the end.

10 Critical Tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Marie Marley | Posted 07.23.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Being an Alzheimer's caregiver is hard work that requires a lot of knowledge and many skills for getting along and for connecting with the person. Here are some tips to help you out on your caregiving journey.

Caregiving's Lost Generation: The Nation's Children

Sherri Snelling | Posted 07.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Sherri Snelling

When we think of the typical profile of a family caregiver, we don't picture a child of 8 or an awkward teenager -- but as increasing numbers of aging Americans come to need care, more children are stepping in as primary caregivers for a chronically ill or disabled parent, sibling or grandparent.

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.

Moving Toward a Cure While Addressing Care

Eric J. Hall | Posted 10.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

This historic report was the product of bipartisan legislation, rare in this Congress, which established an advisory council composed of government and private leaders, and which mandated a national strategy on Alzheimer's disease that would be updated annually.

Four Guidelines to Dealing With Alzheimer's Disease

Dwayne J. Clark | Posted 08.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Dwayne J. Clark

Even the most giving, skilled, and loving family caregiver can get overwhelmed rather quickly. And not every family member is hard-wired to be a caregiver. Lighten up on yourself, and keep your expectations reasonable.

'When We Hear Music, Memories Fill Our Minds': Living With Dementia

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 07.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

A concert by the Unforgettables, a unique singing group, makes it clear that there can be a life worth living for people with dementia and their caregivers, and that music and other forms of art have much to contribute to making it so.

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.

Caring For Parents & Kids? You're The Sandwich Generation

AP | By ALICIA CHANG | Posted 01.01.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- The sun was barely up when Evelyn Volk, bleary-eyed with toothbrush in hand, tossed a pile of clothes into the washing machine, the fir...

A Powerful Tool For Reaching People With Alzheimer's

Leann Reynolds | Posted 10.18.2011 | Healthy Living
Leann Reynolds

A woman with Alzheimer's may look at her elderly husband and not recognize him as her husband because he does not look 35 years old anymore. So if you were to play music from that time period it would speak to her current reality.