Common Sense Caregiving - Gary Joseph LeBlanc

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About Gary Joseph LeBlanc

Gary Joseph LeBlanc was the primary caregiver of his father for more than eight years after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and he has just published a collection of his articles in a book named, "Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfulness." 

Dementia at the Dinner Table

During the latter stages of dementia related diseases, our loved ones will need more and more assistance at the dinner table. The first problem I ran into with my father was getting him just to eat . . . period. … Continue reading

The Sounds of Dementia

    One of the prevalent misconceptions that the general public has about dementia is that it only affects one’s memory. This is the furthest thing from the truth.     The fact is that dementia can also affects one’s mobility, eyesight, … Continue reading

When Loved Ones with Dementia Refuse to Eat

If you are caring for loved ones who are living with a dementia related disease, it’s likely that a time will come during the latter stage where you will see them lose their desire to eat. One of the causes … Continue reading

Dementia Mentors

Have you ever wondered what goes through the mind of someone who has just been diagnosed with a dementia related disease? As I have pondered this through the years, I have also asked many people who have been living with … Continue reading

When a Dementia Patient is Hospitalized

Without any doubt or hesitation we can now declare that maintaining a daily routine for dementia patients is vital. However, when something happens and a hospital visit is required, their world will be turned upside down and, if you are … Continue reading

Initiating that End of Life Conversation

It is impossible to overstate the importance of having that sit-down, dreaded conversation about end of life choices. This is usually something we all want to put off, but when it comes to dealing with a loved one with dementia, … Continue reading

Putting the Blame in the Right Place

A strong sense of “denial” is a common symptom of dementia. This characteristic seems to affect everyone closest to the patient. As human beings, we tend to use “denial” as a protective mechanism. It reminds me of the English metaphor … Continue reading

The Risk of Falling Increases With Dementia

I have a saying, “The further advanced dementia becomes, the closer their feet will stay to the ground.” What I mean by this is, people who suffer from a dementia related disease will eventually develop an unsteady gait, hardly lifting … Continue reading

Losing your cool while caregiving

It is a widely accepted fact that being a caregiver is an incredibly stressful undertaking. If this is you, then you know the amount of pressure can be emotionally crushing. Having been a caregiver myself I accepted a long time … Continue reading

Verifying a Dementia Patient’s Medical Information

One of the many problems I’ve witnessed while caring for my father with Alzheimer’s disease is that medical professionals would ask him questions and take his answers as if it was the gospel truth. Many times these were crucial questions … Continue reading

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