Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Self Employment Tax and Tax Breaks

Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Self Employment Tax and Tax Breaks

Workers who perform in-home services for disabled or elderly individuals have special rules when tax time rolls around. But, understanding who the IRS considers the caregiver’s employer is one critical part of these tax rules that confuses many caregivers. If the caregiver employee is a family member, the employer might not owe employment taxes — […]

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10 Stimulating Activities for Alzheimer’s Patients

10 Stimulating Activities for Alzheimer’s Patients

Dementia can cause seniors to withdraw from activities, family and friends. But maintaining those relationships and interests reduces the effects of severe cognitive impairment, leading to a better quality of life. The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease impairs behavior, memory and thought. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s accounts for 50-80% of dementia cases. […]

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How Positive Environments Dramatically Affect Alzheimer’s

How Positive Environments Dramatically Affect Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease changes how seniors interpret their environment. Names, places and people they know become unfamiliar, leading to disorientation, stress and isolation. But creating a positive environment, conducive to a senior’s comforts and needs, can help reinforce well-being. Creating a Positive Environment for Seniors with Alzheimer’s As the Victorian Department of Health explains, Alzheimer’s makes […]

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A Sensory Room for Dementia

A Sensory Room for Dementia

Sensory rooms are special places for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to safely explore and stimulate all five senses. The rooms can be used for calming or stimulating, depending on the needs of your loved one. Read more about the benefits of sensory room therapy and how you can create your own sensory room […]

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5 Reasons to Make a Memory Box for Alzheimer’s

5 Reasons to Make a Memory Box for Alzheimer’s

For loved ones, parents or seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, a memory box can help recall events and people from the past. These memories can stimulate the senior, prompting conversation with loved ones.  Whether a family photo, newspaper clipping or other prop; memory boxes hold items that bring us back to a moment in time that we […]

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Dementia: The Memory Thief

Dementia: The Memory Thief

The dementia epidemic is looming. With no cure or effective treatment method on the horizon, researchers are looking back at what we have learned over the last 100 years since the first disease diagnosis, and looking ahead into preventing dementia — the memory thief — for future generations. Learn more about what we know about the […]

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When Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Strikes

When Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Strikes

Alzheimer’s is often thought of as a disease that only affects seniors. While age can bring an increased risk, Alzheimer’s disease can also strike early, leaving families confused and heartbroken. Learn more about one family’s personal battle with early onset Alzheimer’s at age 30. Diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s at Age 30 Ken Dodson was told […]

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“Keeping Love Alive” Throughout Alzheimer’s

“Keeping Love Alive” Throughout Alzheimer’s

In 1992, “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman took a leading role in changing relationships for the better. The idea that people receive and show love in different ways helped restore and revitalize relationships as people who read the book began to understand how to speak the other’s “love language.” The love language concept […]

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20 Things to Remember If You Love Someone with Dementia

20 Things to Remember If You Love Someone with Dementia

Taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease is a difficult job, one that can cause caregivers a great amount of stress. However, if you love someone with dementia, you know that the position can also bring joy into your life and be extremely rewarding if you remember a few simple things. In honor of Valentine’s Day, […]

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