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Caregiving from Afar

How to care for a loved one who is many miles away Caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease can be stressful enough when the person lives nearby. When they’re many miles away, it can be even more … Continue reading

The New Face of Alzheimer’s

Women are being affected by Alzheimer’s disease more and more every day. They outnumber men as Alzheimer’s patients, and they also are far more likely to be Alzheimer’s caregivers. “It’s a double-edged sword for women,” says Elayne Forgie, MS, who … Continue reading

The Three Goodbyes

With proper planning and support, caregivers can reduce some of the burdens associated with late-stage Alzheimer’s. We all know we’ll face the loss of loved ones in life. That hard truth is difficult enough to accept. Alzheimer’s disease, however, adds … Continue reading

Seth Rogen: Raising Awareness One Laugh at a Time

The gifted actor/writer/producer/director is stepping forward to urge more investment into Alzheimer’s research. Anyone who has been affected by Alzheimer’s disease will tell you it is no laughing matter. So when people heard that funnyman Seth Rogen spoke about the … Continue reading

Alzheimer’s Disease and Gum Health: Is There a Connection?

Previous research has indicated interesting parallels between periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s. Are they connected? We asked the experts. You may have read news coverage of research that seemed to indicate a link between periodontal (gum) disease and Alzheimer’s disease. But … Continue reading

“Me” Time

How maintaining a hobby can make you a better caregiver.When you’re caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease, you make a lot of sacrifices. And all too often, you—the caregiver—neglect taking care of yourself. But taking some time for yourself … Continue reading

Truth in Numbers

Deaths from Alzheimer’s disease may be underreported. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that in 2010, nearly 83,500 people died of Alzheimer’s disease. But that number may actually be much higher. A study published in the … Continue reading

Shadowing

The challenge of never being alone Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease at home is a difficult task and can become overwhelming at times. Each day brings new challenges as the caregiver copes with changing levels of ability and … Continue reading

Managing a Difficult Hospital Stay

For many people, a visit to the hospital is stressful. For someone with Alzheimer’s disease, it can be frightening. It’s important that families know how they can make hospital stays less daunting for loved ones who have the illness. The … Continue reading

To Diagnose or Not To Diagnose

Common Questions about Finding Answers When Arizona resident Susan Christianson’s* memory lapses went from annoying to concerning, she and her husband decided to raise the issue with their primary care physician. The doctor examined Ms. Christianson, then 73, and referred … Continue reading