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Sometimes You Just Have To Run Away

Myra Demeter | Posted 09.27.2012 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

My husband Dan is disabled after suffering a stroke 23 months ago. Having devoted myself entirely to his care for an extended period of time it was inevitable that I would lose a part of myself. We were totally entwined and I was focusing all my energy on Dan. That left very little space for me.

Caring For An Elderly Parent: Stress And Reward

Dr. Bruce Margolis | Posted 09.25.2012 | Fifty
Dr. Bruce Margolis

This past March marked 29 years that my mother-in-law has lived with my wife and me. That's correct. I have lived with my mother-in-law for almost three decades! I have been called both crazy and a saint.

Can Alzheimer's Make People Happier?

Marie Marley | Posted 09.23.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I'm writing to tell you about a most unusual person with Alzheimer's. You're going to think I'm crazy. But to tell you the truth, I have say that Ed became more contented as his Alzheimer's developed.

Alzheimer's and Humor

Marie Marley | Posted 09.18.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Alzheimer's disease is a deadly serious topic, and deservedly so. But sometimes laughter is the best medicine.

Simple Pleasures Bring Joy to a Person with Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 09.11.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Sometimes it takes very little to bring joy to a person with Alzheimer's. The following story is a case in point.

The Alzheimer's Reading Room - A Great Resource for Caregivers

Marie Marley | Posted 09.04.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

The Alzheimer's Reading Room shows what one person with a mission to help others can accomplish through research, personal experience, drive and dedication.

Can You Forgive?

Felice Shapiro | Posted 09.03.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

The point of forgiveness is letting go of the anger inside of you. It does not mean approving what was done in the past. Forgiveness is about oneself and not about the other person.

Using Music to Engage Alzheimer's Patients

Marie Marley | Posted 09.01.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

People caring for those with Alzheimer's know that music is special to these individuals. It won't stop or slow the progression of their disease, but it can be of significant benefit to them.

Make Peace With Alzheimer's and Learn to Love Again

Marie Marley | Posted 08.27.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

It's one thing to finally overcome denial and realize someone close to you has Alzheimer's. It's a completely different thing to accept it.

A Family Caregiver's Guide to Coping With Teenagers

Kathryn Haslanger | Posted 08.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Kathryn Haslanger

Most of the family caregivers who find themselves "sandwiched" between two different generations -- caring for both at once -- are women. So how can someone who is already stretched to the limit with caregiving responsibilities handle the demands placed on them by their teenager(s)?

Alzheimer's and the Devil Called Denial

Marie Marley | Posted 08.20.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Oftentimes with Alzheimer's there is a 'defining incident,' something so bizarre that not even the spouse, child or other loved one can deny it or explain it away.

The Cantankerous Alzheimer's Patient: 3 Tips for Getting Along

Marie Marley | Posted 06.18.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Things had gotten so bad I wanted to end my relationship with Ed, my Romanian soul mate of 25 years. He had become impossible to be around. He was incredibly irritable, angry, mean and emotionally abusive.

Celebrate Like There's No Tomorrow

Dwayne J. Clark | Posted 08.12.2012 | Fifty
Dwayne J. Clark

When my mom turned 87, it would have been easy for my family to insist on a low-key birthday commemoration -- or even not to celebrate at all. We threw her a party anyway. Here's why.

What These Stuffed Animals Taught Me About My Soul Mate

Marie Marley | Posted 08.11.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Our love had adapted and endured, despite that last and most daunting obstacle it would ever face.

'Grandma Doesn't Know My Name!' Helping Your Child Cope with Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 08.08.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Children can be deeply affected when a beloved grandparent develops Alzheimer's disease. Although each child reacts differently, there are some common fears. Here's how to address them.

Home Health Aides: The Dementia Care Balancing Act (Part Two)

Marki Flannery | Posted 08.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

One of the few constants with dementia is change. Levels of memory loss and general awareness can fluctuate greatly.

Home Health Aides: Dementia Care Means Expecting the Unexpected (Part One)

Marki Flannery | Posted 08.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

When a client or a loved one has dementia, all activities of daily living (ADL) -- such as bathing, dressing, eating and sleeping -- need to be understood through the lens of the progressive brain disorder.

When Alzheimer's Is Funny: A Brief Walk on the Light Side of Dementia

Marie Marley | Posted 08.04.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

While dementia is serious and tragic, this fact needn't overwhelm the spirits of patients and caregivers. Laughing together can create a sense of enjoyment of life.

Geriatric Care Managers - Could One Help You With Your Elderly Loved One?

Marie Marley | Posted 07.31.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Geriatric care management is a relatively new profession. It's rapidly growing, especially given the aging of the baby boomers.

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.

How I Got My Beloved, Demented Romanian Soul Mate to Move to a Nursing Home

Marie Marley | Posted 07.21.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

So there I was with this 92-year old man who desperately needed to be in an Alzheimer's care facility. He adamantly refused to go. He said he'd die first. He always said he'd die first. Always.

Elder Independence: Establishing Common Ground

Ilaina Edison | Posted 07.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Ilaina Edison

Whether you're caring for an aging parent or a neighbor in your apartment building, or helping a home health aide connect with your ill spouse, look to establish common ground to drive forward a successful caregiving relationship.

When Alzheimer's Patients Make Perfect Sense: Those Stunning Moments of Total Lucidity

Marie Marley | Posted 07.14.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

As a person's illness progresses, these episodes tend to occur less often, and so when they do occur, it's all the more striking and precious.

Aging Parents? Check Out These Affordable Alternatives To Assisted Living

Mary Turner | Posted 05.24.2012 | Fifty

Although "aging in place" may be the preferred option for seniors, declining health and physical limitations often preclude this option. But an assist...

Spousal Refusal: I Take Thee In Sickness And In Health, Except...

Ann Margaret Carrozza | Posted 07.12.2012 | Fifty
Ann Margaret Carrozza

The reality of spousal refusal is very different from the politically motivated sound bites decrying multi-millionaires on Medicaid. If, for example, my husband has a stroke and we apply for Medicaid for him, I may decide to declare spousal refusal in order to protect my nest egg of $300,000.