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 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

Alzheimer’s and the Credit Card Dilemma

There’s no question that people with Alzheimer’s disease will eventually develop a problem in regards to dealing with their daily finances. In my father’s case it was the first sign to me that something was very wrong. Throughout the years … Continue reading

Weathering the Storm

When a natural disaster occurs, chances are, you will have no time to stop and think. Caring for a loved one afflicted with Alzheimer’s during this situation will have you potentially facing two major disasters; the oncoming storm and the … Continue reading

Idle Hands

While caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s always remember this: Idle hands are the devil’s toys, especially in the later stages of the disease. It’s necessary to keep them occupied. Place a photo album, playing cards, magazines in front of … Continue reading

Is Dementia Considered Contagious?

A fellow caregiver recently asked me, “Is dementia contagious?” She explained to me that since she has been caring for her mother who is stricken with Alzheimer’s, she believes that she herself has become more and more forgetful. The stressful … Continue reading

The Long Goodbye

Just when a person’s memory really begins to matter most in life, this cruel and heartless disease comes along, disrupting everything and everyone that is close. The fact is, Alzheimer’s is an irreversible disease and, unacceptably, has no known cure. … Continue reading

Aftereffects of Caregiving

Unfortunately, the chronic stress of caregiving isn’t over when it’s over. After caring for someone you love for many years, you lose parts of your life that can take years to recover, if ever. Certain side-effects tend to linger on. … Continue reading

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