Tag Archives: caregiver

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

We’ll Always Have Seattle

Jeff is standing on the front porch. He likes to go outside when the weather is nice. Not that there’s anything extraordinarily pleasing about our yard—in fact, as the lowest lying lawn on the street, it’s something of a mud-pit—but … Continue reading

The Sidecar

I’ve just returned from a week-long trip with Jeff and my mom, and that was slated to be the subject of this post: Traveling with one’s AD spouse. But the topic will have to wait in the Amtrak lounge until … 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

Finding the Wanderers

By Sam Gaines If you need to understand the issue of wandering Alzheimer’s patients and the ongoing effort to find them, Kimberly R. Kelly is the person to talk to. Kimberly is founder and director of Project Far From Home, … Continue reading

Third-Party Special Needs Trusts: Peace of Mind for Caregivers

By Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., Certified Elder Law Attorney We are all aware of the importance of getting our family’s financial and legal affairs in order. For family members of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, the importance of doing advance planning … Continue reading

The Way it is, Unmasked

Recently, a fellow spouse on the Alzheimer Spouse support forum I frequent (thealzheimerspouse.com) wondered whether her feelings about the decline of her husband, now in AD’s later stages, made her a poor fit for our online fellowship. In spite of … Continue reading

Fitness in a Flash: Exercise for Older Adults and Caregivers

By Michelle Porter Tiernan Regular physical activity can keep you strong, improve your flexibility and help you manage stress. But when you’re a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s often difficult to find time to exercise. If … Continue reading

Senior-Friendly Fitness Close to Home

By Michelle Porter Tiernan Exercise is not only good for your body; it’s good for your brain. Physical activity encourages regular brain functions and helps keep the brain active. A study by the University of Washington found regular exercise reduces … Continue reading