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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

A Loved One Has Been Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease: Now What?

By: www.ALZinfo.org When your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, many questions come to mind. First is the question “Is there a cure?” Unfortunately, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. However, there are drugs that may improve or … Continue reading

Clinical Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

By Dr. Barry Reisberg Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a characteristic process with readily identifiable clinical stages. These clinical stages exist in a continuum with normal aging processes. The clinical stages of AD can be described in alternative ways. For example, … Continue reading

Shadowing

Shadowing is the act of an Alzheimer’s or dementia victim attempting to keep his or her caregiver in sight at all times. In caring for my father, there were times when I didn’t even have to turn around. I could … Continue reading

Fitting in Fitness – for Caregivers

By Jennifer Newton Reents, R.N. Making time for physical activity shouldn’t be a last consideration—especially for caregivers. Put fitness at the top of your list. It’s all too familiar. You are stressed and tired, and find there aren’t enough hours … Continue reading

Depression Increases the Risk of Alzheimer’s

One of the largest and longest studies to date shows that being depressed increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia later in life by 50 percent. The study, part of the large and ongoing Framingham Heart … Continue reading

Bedtime

Bedtime (Sleep Patterns & Caregiver’s Respite):  Being the caregiver of an Alzheimer’s patient, there will be nights when your loved one just won’t turn in for bed early enough. Soon exhaustion has overwhelmed you. You’re afraid to close your eyes … Continue reading

What Medications are Available to Treat Behavioral Problems?

What types of behavioral problems might be expected? In later stages of the disease, people with Alzheimer’s might experience distinct changes in behavior or personality. In fact, the first recognized case of Alzheimer’s, back in 1906, was in a patient … Continue reading

Bereavement and Grief

People cope with the loss of a loved one in many different ways. For some, the experience may lead to personal growth, even though it is a difficult and trying time. There is no right or wrong way to cope … Continue reading

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans Linked to Dementia

A growing number of veterans are returning from combat with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, and it may be increasing their risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in old age, a new study shows. PTSD is a growing … Continue reading