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." 

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

Activity Directors: The Unsung Heroes

Since I specialize in Alzheimer’s care, you can imagine that I frequent quite a few nursing facilities. I often have the pleasure of being invited to be a guest speaker at many events regarding dementia. Recently, on one of these … Continue reading

A Hurricane Named Dementia

As hurricane season rapidly approaches, I strongly advise caregivers on both coasts and inland to pause and read this “heads up.” There are very few things that a caregiver of someone with dementia can take lightly and this includes hurricane … Continue reading

A Letter of Competency

In my estimation, there is no other disease that can tear a family apart faster than Alzheimer’s. The reason for this may be due to the need of extensive care necessary to keep the loved one both safe and calm. … Continue reading

Are you part of the Sandwich Generation?

My latest series of speaking events has afforded me the opportunity to hear, once again, the many voices of diverse caregivers. Their honest, heartfelt conversations concerning current trials and hardships are very moving. I was surprised, however, when I realized … Continue reading

How a Gait Belt Can Help Caregivers

I’ve had this idea brewing in the back of my mind for the last couple of years; or maybe I should call it a “wish.” I “wish” to get a few physical therapists to donate an hour of their time to … Continue reading

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