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." 

The Sacrifices of Caregiving

If life has taken you in the direction of becoming a full time caregiver for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other dementia related diseases, be prepared to face many hardships unlike anything you have encountered before. Sadly, not everyone who … Continue reading

Aim for the same in bathing routine

For many years I’ve been writing about the importance of upholding a routine while caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related diseases. This is especially true when it comes to bath time. Even repeatedly using the same bathing products … Continue reading

The Perfect Caregiver

High on my list of “definitive statements” is this; there is no such thing as a perfect caregiver. I challenge anyone to compile a right or wrong manual on this subject. The simple fact that we are all flawed human … Continue reading

Meaningful conversations with Alzheimer’s patients

Communicating with Alzheimer’s patients can be a difficult task to master, especially in the latter stages. As patients advance further into the disease, it will become even more difficult for them to communicate through conventional methods. However, through trial and … Continue reading

I want to go home

Whether it’s relatives, friends or nursing staff, anyone who is caring for those afflicted with Alzheimer’s or dementia has heard or will inevitably hear the patients say, “I want to go home!” Patients may even pack their bags, piling them … Continue reading


If you’re on pins and needles because of worry, stop it! You will always question yourself. Caregivers will always panic about whether the job they’re doing is adequate. As I mentioned before, learn from your mistakes. This is not a … Continue reading

The Role of Children in Alzheimer’s Care

A caregiver’s age can vary from a 12-year-old to someone in their nineties. Many families welcome parents and grandparents with Alzheimer’s into their home to care for them and keep them safe. There will be times, though, when a parent … Continue reading

When it comes time to move a parent into your home

    As we age most of us usually find it hard to admit that now we may need help from others. Nobody copes well with the feeling of losing independence. If you are attempting to move ailing parents or loved … Continue reading

Battling the Denial of Alzheimer’s

I believe one of the more frustrating and downhearted things that caregivers endure while caring for Alzheimer’s sufferers comes from the ever present attitude of denial. Not only does this emanate from loved ones diagnosed with the disease, but also … Continue reading

Telephones and Alzheimer’s

Commencing from my dad’s earliest onset of Alzheimer’s, it became obvious that answering the telephone was going to become an issue. Back then, my father was still sitting behind the front counter of our bookstore. If he managed to grab … Continue reading

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