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An Alzheimer's Journal: 'I Want to Go Home'

Marie Marley | Posted 10.16.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Even though he had forgotten about the move, the sound of his voice asking to go home reverberated in my head and troubled me for days.

Being the Primary Caregiver Does Not Mean Being the Favorite Parent

David Lesser | Posted 10.10.2014 | Parents
David Lesser

I get it. I stay home with the kids while my wife works, so when she gets home, she returns the conquering hero. Like I said, I get it. Most of the time, but clearly, not always.

Alzheimer's and an Amazing Hour of Lucidity

Marie Marley | Posted 10.08.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

One day my dear friend, Connie, was coming to visit Ed with me. I was an hour and a half early because I wanted to make sure he was awake, shaved and ...

The Alzheimer's Perspective on the Birds and the Bees

Marie Marley | Posted 09.24.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

We started our visit by talking about Ruth's experience dancing with soldiers at an Army base during World War II. She tells me that story every time I visit, and I enjoy it each time as much as the time before.

Life After Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 09.20.2014 | 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.

10 Tips To Being A Better Pet Health Caregiver

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 09.15.2014 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

Your pet is your loving responsibility and your veterinarian wants you to make the best decision for you and your pet.

The Best Birthday Gift You'll Ever Receive: Self-Compassion

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 09.12.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

One thing is for sure -- charting your own destiny can be extremely liberating providing you first lighten up -- on yourself! Have some self-compassion.

9 Things Every Caregiver Needs To Do For Themselves

Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN | Posted 09.07.2014 | Fifty
Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN

Who cares for the sandwich generation? In many cases, no one cares for this group of caregivers, who usually has the added burden of working a full-time job. Additionally, this group often has to juggle an unexpected hospitalization of their loved one with their career obligations.

The Genius of Marian: Remarkable Alzheimer's Documentary

Marie Marley | Posted 09.02.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

The Genius of Marian is an intimate, poetic documentary about Pam White and her family as they all struggle to deal with Pam's Alzheimer's disease.

What Every Caregiver Needs To Know About The Healthcare System

Laurie Levy | Posted 08.26.2014 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

I'm a senior trying to care for an even more senior parent. There are lots of us. We are grandparents who are struggling through our "golden years," some of us still working far beyond age 65. Many of us are trying to be good "children" for our parents at the same time we are trying to be present in the lives of our grandkids. It's a tough, multi-generational balancing act.

5 Tips for Surviving Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 08.26.2014 | 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...

Alzheimer's Caregivers - This One Activity Could Improve Your Quality of Life

Marie Marley | Posted 10.15.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I once made a presentation at an Alzheimer's caregiver support group. One gentleman - let's call him John - had long insisted to his son and daughter-...

10 Pieces Of Advice From A Young Caregiver

Alexandra Detwiler | Posted 10.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Detwiler

There's not a handbook for cancer caregiving; you learn as you go. I'm not yet a mother, but I anticipate it's a similar feeling, being thrown into the unknown and getting really frickin' good at it.

Yagana Shah

This Is Why Every Couple Should Want At Least One Daughter

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 08.19.2014 | Fifty

Parents, be good to your daughters. Though some polls indicate sons are more sought after than daughters among parents, especially in certain cultures...

Desperate for Alzheimer's Caregiving Information? Go to Alz.org

Marie Marley | Posted 10.13.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Need information and advice about wandering? Agitation? Hallucinations? Incontinence? Go to Alz.org. Need help finding an assisted living facility in your community? Yes. Go to Alz.org. Would you like to enroll your loved on in a clinical trial? Alz.org has an online feature to help you find one.

People With Alzheimer's May Yearn to Be Touched

Marie Marley | Posted 09.25.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

A stunning video shows Sol Rogers interacting with his wife, Rita, who has Alzheimer's and was unable to talk or walk. He got in bed with her, cuddled...

How to Hire an Adult Caregiver

Eric J. Hall | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

No matter what approach is used to find a caregiver, it is important to remember that many times this process involves trial and error, and it isn't always simple. It is, however, an important process that must be taken seriously if the right caregiver is to be found.

Today's Hidden Health Hazard: Caregiving

Eric J. Hall | Posted 10.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

What's needed is to alert caregivers about the risks to their own health and to give them advice about caring for themselves.

The Unexpected Face of Alzheimer's

Lou-Ellen Barkan | Posted 09.29.2014 | Fifty
Lou-Ellen Barkan

The more active our community becomes, the more visible we are and the stronger our voice, the harder it will be for elected officials, policy makers, corporate America and the voters to ignore us.

Worried About Your Memory? Here's When To Go To The Doctor

Marie Marley | Posted 09.28.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Anna is concerned about her memory. It seems she's having a lot of 'senior moments' lately. She often misplaces her keys and has trouble remembering the names of people to whom she's been introduced. She can't help but worry it could be something more serious. In fact, she is nearly paralyzed by the fear that she may be developing Alzheimer's.

How You Can Help Someone Who Is an Alzheimer's Caregiver

Marie Marley | Posted 09.09.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

These people desperately need all the assistance they can get. It will help them preserve their own well-being. It will also help them improve their caregiving since no one can be a good caregiver if they're burned out all the time.

Steps and Missteps

Stacey Gordon | Posted 09.08.2014 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

They may fall, but when they do, our job is to offer them a hand up, and that hand should not be attached to conditions or control.

10 Things People With Alzheimer's Have Taught Me

Marie Marley | Posted 08.30.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Alzheimer's caregiving and pride don't mix! To avoid embarrassing the person or, even worse, to avoid a major argument, try agreeing with whatever they say, even if it's wrong. It takes some time to master this approach, but it is usually successful.

An Unknown Legacy of Casey Kasem -- Supporting Patients in Need

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

On Father's Day June 15, 2014, the world lost Casey Kasem. I identified with Casey because we were both music lovers, both short and both very friendly. But also, we were both committed to supporting cancer patients in need of help.

Alzheimer's Caregiving May Be Wrecking Your Health

Marie Marley | Posted 08.13.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Not surprisingly, an article published in the American Journal of Nursing states that caring for someone with dementia is particularly challenging, causing "more severe negative health effects than other types of caregiving."