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." 

Having to Say Goodbye Twice

It doesn’t necessarily take a major crisis, such as the death of a loved one, to set in motion the process of grieving. I have known many caregivers that were hurled into a state of grieving due to the hardships … Continue reading

Once a caregiver, always a caregiver

Throughout our lives we have scores of opportunities to learn valuable lessons; if we pay attention, that is. Today I would like to share with you something I learned “after the loss.” It is that once the human heart takes … Continue reading

The importance of keeping a caregiver journal

It is my opinion that there are many important reasons why caregivers should keep a daily, or at least, weekly journal. First and foremost, if something should ever happen to them, that journal could then act as a how-to-manual for … Continue reading

The Time Traveling Alzheimer’s Patient

Have you ever wished you could travel back in time? I’m sure that most of us have dreamt of this at some time or another. Well, I can’t tell you how many times my father would ask me if he … Continue reading

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

Endurance

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

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