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A Helping Hand

When is it time for professional in-home care? People with Alzheimer’s disease go through a lot of changes—something that you, as a caregiver, know all too well. Sometimes those changes are overwhelming. How do you know when it’s time to … Continue reading

Therapy Dogs: Making the Connection with Alzheimer’s Patients

Therapy dogs serve in all sorts of health care environments to bring comfort and a friendly (and furry) face to patients living with a broad variety of conditions—including Alzheimer’s disease. “We went once to a rest home, to the Alzheimer’s … Continue reading

Weathering the Cold

Winter is rarely a wonderland. Often, it’s a harsh season fraught with numerous health and safety risks. For senior citizens and people with dementia, the cold-weather months can be particularly perilous. Such groups need to take particular care throughout the … Continue reading

Reaching Out to Caregivers

A new book aims to help dementia caregivers connect with their loved ones—in sometimes surprising ways. By Sam Gaines Caregiving for a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can be fraught with frustration, but it also can be rewarding in … Continue reading

Creative Aging Libraries Project Expands

Creative Aging Libraries Project Expands A program aimed at engaging older Americans with the arts in public libraries that began in New York has now rolled out to 18 public libraries in Boston, Dallas and Miami, thanks to continued support … Continue reading

Then Again with Diane Keaton

You may think you know Diane Keaton. Annie Hall. The Godfather trilogy. Something’s Gotta Give. The hats and the “I do things my own way” fashions. But there’s so much more to the Academy Award-winning  actress. Keaton is a single … Continue reading

Web-Savvy Caregiving

Individuals and families coping with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other forms of memory loss have a lot of questions. What’s happening to my loved one? What can I expect in the coming months and years? How can I meet my … Continue reading

Are We There Yet?

So you and your family have decided to take a trip— and one of your travel companions has Alzheimer’s disease (AD). It’s understandable why you might be hesitant to take a vacation, spend the holidays away from home, or attend … Continue reading

Reduce the Risk of Wandering

By Winnie Yu It is a major problem with Alzheimer’s disease patients: the tendency to wander off, away from caregiving loved ones or even their residential care facilities. The results can be devastating. Here’s what you need to know, and … Continue reading

How to Assemble a Caregiving Team

By Winnie Yu Whether it’s driving mom to the doctor, doing dad’s laundry, or providing 24/7 care to an aging relative, many Americans these days are familiar with the rigors of caring for a loved one. According to the Family … Continue reading