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." 

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

Having to Say Goodbye Twice

It doesn’t necessarily take a major crisis, such as the death of a loved one, to set in motion the process of grieving. I have known many caregivers that were hurled into a state of grieving due to the hardships … Continue reading

Once a caregiver, always a caregiver

Throughout our lives we have scores of opportunities to learn valuable lessons; if we pay attention, that is. Today I would like to share with you something I learned “after the loss.” It is that once the human heart takes … Continue reading

The importance of keeping a caregiver journal

It is my opinion that there are many important reasons why caregivers should keep a daily, or at least, weekly journal. First and foremost, if something should ever happen to them, that journal could then act as a how-to-manual for … Continue reading

The Time Traveling Alzheimer’s Patient

Have you ever wished you could travel back in time? I’m sure that most of us have dreamt of this at some time or another. Well, I can’t tell you how many times my father would ask me if he … Continue reading

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