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Caregiver Tips

From Spouse to Caregiver: Understanding Your Loved One's Intimacy Needs and Memory Loss

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 11.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

One particular aspect that is often affected, but seldom openly discussed, is how memory impairment affects the sexual expression of a person with Alzheimer's disease or related form of memory loss.

Summer Fun for Those With Memory Loss

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 09.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Ensuring that your loved one with memory loss participates in as many summer activities as possible is a wonderful way to enrich the lives of everyone involved. Try some of these tips to keep your loved one secure and engaged in all of your summer fun.

Changes to Mental Health Diagnosis Could Impact Caregivers

Leann Reynolds | Posted 07.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Leann Reynolds

How mental health professionals diagnose their patients could be changing, therefore affecting patients, families, and caregivers, after 2013.

Medical Alert Devices That Can Help Keep Seniors Safe

Jim T. Miller | Posted 06.17.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

There are a wide variety of medical alert systems on the market today that can help keep elderly seniors safe, while living in their own home.

Ask for Help, and Take It!

Kathryn Haslanger | Posted 05.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Kathryn Haslanger

When we talk about the burden facing caregivers, most people agree that getting help is necessary for maintaining their health and their sanity. But for some reason, when it comes time to actually take that help, many caregivers resist.

Life Enrichment: Bringing Meaning, Purpose and Joy to Those With Memory Loss

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 05.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Recognizing that seniors with memory loss can still engage in meaningful activities not only brings them and their loved ones joy, but is also a great way to stay connected. The key is to find something that resonates with each individual and draws on their continued strengths.

How to Create a Homelike Environment for Memory Care

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 04.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

For family members who are helping a loved one with memory loss transition to an assisted living community or to any new living arrangement, it is important to recreate the elements that have always made those loved ones feel at home.

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.

How To Find Humor As Your Parents' Caregiver

Leann Reynolds | Posted 10.09.2011 | Healthy Living
Leann Reynolds

Becoming a caregiver for your own parents can trigger a series of events that topples everything. One day you feel like Superwoman ... and then, all of a sudden, you find yourself responsible for meeting the physical and emotional needs of your ailing loved one.

Sustaining A Caregiver's Hope Through A Loved One’s Recovery From Traumatic Brain Injury

Kathryn Haslanger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kathryn Haslanger

Some people criticize the decision made by Rep. Gifford's husband, Mark Kelly, to return to work, but every family must decide for themselves the best way to heal.

When Crisis Strikes: 11 Strategies For Successful Coping

Linda and Tony Cole | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Linda and Tony Cole

A nurse told me often that an illness can be harder on the caregiver than it is on the patient, and that caregivers often experience serious ailments during the first couple years of this stressful period.

Understanding Alzheimer's: 8 Common Myths Debunked

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

No matter how withdrawn or irresponsive the person may appear, one should act and speak as if she were completely cognizant.

How To Design Rooms For Those With Memory Loss

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

These environmental considerations may not slow the progression of dementia or Alzheimer's disease, but they may help seniors with memory loss preserve their sense of self and purpose in life.

15 Ways To Stay Sane While Caring For An Elderly Parent

John Shore | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Shore

One of the most emotionally complex and difficult things a person can experience is taking care of an elderly parent.

Are You Too Stingy With Your Love?

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

No matter how many items you may have checked off your "to do" list in the name of love, if you are not more loving in your heart, then nothing really clicks.

How To Have A Conversation With A Loved One With Alzheimer’s

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Your relative or friend may no longer remember the beginning of a paragraph by the end of it, may no longer have clear memories of your childhood or accurate memories of their own, but it often just feels good to be with you.