Coping With Agitation and Aggression as a Caregiver

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One of the most challenging aspects of caregiving is managing agitation or aggression from the person you are taking care of. These are two distinctly different behaviors. Agitation stems from anxiety, fear, or confusion. It is a restless state where it is difficult to calm down. Aggression refers to behaviors that include unrestrained physical or […]

Caregivers Advocating for Change

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Since becoming a caregiver, you may have discovered you have a passionate dislike for the disease or condition that caused you to become a caregiver. No disease is “liked” but generally they aren’t on our radar until there is a reason for it to be there. I would make a donation to a cause if […]

Product Review: FreshAlarm-5 Alarm Voice Timer

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How can you help someone and yet maintain their independence, and yours? This was a question I faced one day when my husband misunderstood the time and showed up for a class early. The next day he asked me to stay home to make sure he left on time for an appointment, not early or […]

New Hope for Alzheimer’s Patients and LifestyleTips to Protect Your Brain

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August was an exciting month in terms of releasing new information on fighting Alzheimer’s disease.  ABC news reported on a “new class of medication called gamma-secretase modulators.” This medicine focuses on altering beta amyloid plaque that produces Alzheimer’s symptoms. Clinical trials are underway and offering very positive results. The August 22, 2016 issue of Time Magazine […]

6 Things to Avoid When Caring for a Person with Dementia

Caring for a Person with Dementia

As we age, various health related issues begin to surface. Diseases related to memory loss are becoming increasingly more common and often develop in older adults. Dementia is a common chronic disease that strikes the older population mostly but is not limited to them. It can sometimes also develop in young people – in rare cases, […]

Weeds in Nana’s Garden: a book review

Weeds in Nana's Garden

Weeds in Nana’s Garden is a beautifully written and illustrated story that helps explain Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias to children. Newly published, both the writing and the illustrations were done by Canadian author, Kathryn Harrison. It’s just gorgeous! I especially love the comparison of Alzheimer’s Disease to weeds in a garden. “Alzheimer’s is a […]

New Assisted Living/Memory Care Facility Opens in New Jersey

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If any of you follow me on Facebook, then you know of the struggles I’ve been having with my Mom and her search for an assisted living facility that both meets her care needs and her aesthetic and personal needs.  She is quite picky and that’s okay.While searching the internet, I came across a new […]

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease: A 3 Minute Video Explanation

This video does an excellent job of explaining how Alzheimer’s Disease damages the brain, ho wit affects behavior and how the disease progresses. If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease, share this video with your friends and family so that they can understand this devastating disease and how it will affect […]

Staying Happy as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

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When you’re caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, the most important thing to you is their safety and well-being. You will do whatever it takes to achieve these goals. This responsibility, however, wears on you and puts your happiness in jeopardy. They say happiness is a choice but the wave of emotions associated with being […]

The Hidden Gifts of Caregiving

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People think a lot about gifts in December. There are thoughts about what to give and thoughts about the gifts we receive. But what about those gifts that aren’t wrapped and come from an unlikely source? Some gifts are actually hard to find because they are so well hidden. Caregiving presents us with hidden gifts, […]

The Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry – The Memories You Save May Be Your Own

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As many you know by now, November is National Family Caregiver’s Month and National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Although my father was never formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, he did have vascular dementia.  Because he also had severe congestive heart failure, we opted not to attempt a formal diagnosis nor utilize the various medications that […]

We Will Miss You, Robin Williams

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Millions of people worldwide were shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of actor and comedian, Robin Williams this past week. It was even more heartbreaking to many to  learn the cause of his death. How could someone so seemingly full of life be filled with enough sorrow to cause him to end his […]

Signs of Cognitive Decline

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What baby boomer doesn’t consider Alzheimer’s when we begin to forget more than usual? Because we know that cognitive decline is one of the very first indicators of the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a slight, but noticeable decline in a person’s memory or thinking patterns. Anyone who has […]

5 Essential Skills For A Caregiver of a Loved One With Dementia

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5 Essential Skills For a Caregiver of a Loved One With Dementia   It can be a substantial challenge for both novice and experienced caregivers when it comes to providing specialist dementia care. Whether hiring a professional or cultivating the personal skills to care for a loved one, there remain five essential skills that help […]

4 Ways Music Can Improve Dementia Care

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Symptoms and behaviors associated with dementia can be difficult to adjust to for any family caregiver. Forgetfulness and repetitive discussion might be irritating, sudden aggressive behavior is hard to tackle and wandering and depression require additional safety and attention. Although a cure has not yet been discovered for dementia, studies have shown that particular methods […]

Agitation in Alzheimer’s Research Study is Seeking Participants

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Agitation in Alzheimer’s Research Study Seeks Participants – August 28th 2013 This just came across my desk this afternoon and so I thought I would share it with you. If you are a caregiver for a parent or loved one who is suffering from the symptoms of agitation with Alzheimer’s Disease, you may want to […]

Stuffed Animals Bring Comfort to Dementia Patients.

Stuffed Animals Bring Comfort to Dementia Patients I’ve noted that many caregivers of loved ones with dementia use stuffed animals to successfully provide comfort.   Here’s a company that took the idea one step further. MEMORABLE PETS AIMS TO HELP FAMILIES, PATIENTS DEAL WITH DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S New Business Creates Stuffed Animals Designed to Soothe Patients […]

The Role of Pillows in Preventing Alzheimer’s

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According to Health Day News, a new study shows a connection between sleep deprivation and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease.  This connection has something to do with levels of amyloid beta which is considered a marker for the disease.  These levels tend to increase during waking hours and decrease with sleep, so when there […]