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Managing Family Conflict over the Care of a Loved One

April 22, 2019 —   When an older family member develops a disease or condition that requires some outside assistance to manage, the rest of the family – whether it’s grown children, grandchildren or even a spouse – may have some specific ideas on what’s best for the person involved. Emotions run high as everyone feels they are looking... Read More

Planning Ahead after a Diagnosis of Dementia

April 5, 2019 —   April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day. It is meant to draw attention to the importance of planning ahead for your end-of-life care. This is particularly important if you or a loved one has received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s of other form of dementia. As there is no cure for Alzheimer’s or most other... Read More

The Current State of Alzheimer’s Caregivers

February 20, 2019 —   The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report reveals that more than 16 million Americans are providing unpaid care for people living with dementia. Last year, these caregivers provided more than 18 billion hours of unpaid care for their loved ones, valued at more than $232 billion. To put that number in perspective,... Read More

Creating a Happy Holiday Season for Your Loved One Living with Dementia

December 5, 2018 —   Holidays typically mean getting together with family and friends and spending time with those we love. If you’re caring for someone living with dementia this holiday season, you may be thinking about reducing your participation in social activities, either because you feel overwhelmed or you aren’t sure how your loved one would deal with... Read More

How Caregivers Can Take Care of Themselves

November 20, 2018 —   November is National Family Caregivers Month. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, there are approximately 34 million people who provide unpaid care to someone age 50 or older. The most common assistance takes the form of grocery shopping, food preparation, housekeeping, laundry, transportation, and medication administration as well as personal care such as dressing,... Read More

Creating Meaningful Communication with Someone Living with Dementia

September 20, 2018 —   Anyone who knows or cares for someone living with dementia understands that conversations can be challenging. Meaningful communication is often the first casualty of dementia. People living with Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia may be living in a completely different time or place than those around them. Or they may forget what they’ve... Read More

How to Celebrate Your Mom on Mother’s Day When She’s Living with Dementia

May 7, 2018 —   Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Millions of Americans will be making brunch reservations, buying and sending flowers, and buying presents for their moms. But for someone whose mother is living with dementia, finding an appropriate way to celebrate the day may be a challenge. The day may no longer have any meaning... Read More

Holiday Entertaining when Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

December 5, 2017 —   Caregiving is a demanding role and, too often, caregivers sacrifice their own needs and wants to ensure their loved one is safe and secure. But it’s important for caregivers to maintain their own health routines and continue to feed their spirit, including connecting with family and friends. The holidays are often a time when... Read More

Coping with the Challenges of Caring for Someone Living with Alzheimer’s

November 7, 2017 —   November is National Family Caregivers Month and National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. This is the perfect time to explore ways people caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s can ensure they can maintain their own health and sense of well-being. Anyone who has the responsibility of caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s can... Read More

Maintaining Love and Intimacy When a Loved One has Alzheimer’s

February 6, 2017 —   This Valentine’s Day, couples across the country will celebrate their love for one another by going out for a nice meal, exchanging flowers, cards and other expressions of romance, or simply by curling up in from of the fire and reminiscing about past romantic escapades. For those whose spouse has Alzheimer’s or another form... Read More