Helping Loved Ones with Dementia Enjoy the Holidays

Helping Loved Ones with Dementia Enjoy the Holidays

The holidays can be a time of equal parts sentimentality and stress for any family. But, when you add in a loved one with dementia, those experiences can intensify. Learn more from Mara Botonis, author of “When Caring Takes Courage,” about how to help loved ones have more fun during the holidays. Spending the Holidays with Loved […]

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Retaining Your Own Sanity as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Retaining Your Own Sanity as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Learn more from Ellen Gerst, author of “A Guide for Caregivers of Aging Parents with Alzheimer’s: Words of Assistance, Comfort and Inspiration,” about how to to respond to frustrating situations encountered while caregiving. Retaining Your Sanity as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver Emotions and intellect don’t always run on parallel trajectories. Your emotional reactions tend to rise quickly […]

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5 Ways to Keep a Loved One Who Wanders Safe

5 Ways to Keep a Loved One Who Wanders Safe

Finding a balance between independence and safety is a challenge for people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and for their caregivers. Many people with dementia become disoriented and can wander; in fact, one study shows that six out of 10 people wander during the course of the disease. Fortunately, electronic locating devices and technology can help […]

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Letting Go, Because Achieving is No Longer Needed

Letting Go, Because Achieving is No Longer Needed

Karen Croley is an author and daughter of a newly diagnosed father with Alzheimer’s. Learn more from her writing about the disease in “Letting Go, Because Achieving is No Longer Needed.” Letting Go, Because Achieving is No Longer Needed It wasn’t always like this. I greet my Dad and I am received with a great […]

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The Stranger Downstairs

The Stranger Downstairs

Caregiver Lyzeth Lopez shares her personal experiences with Alzheimer’s in this moving story about her grandmother’s disease. Learn more about “The Stranger Downstairs.” The Stranger Downstairs Every night at nine p.m., I find myself tucking her into bed. Frail and thin, her body stiffens, and I remind her to relax. Weighing in at just under 100 […]

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Books for Children about Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Books for Children about Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Fine artist Kathryn Harrison completed a series of artworks and books related to caregiving and dementia, in response to her personal experience with her mother’s disease. Today, she shares more about her experience with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as 12 books for children about Alzheimer’s and dementia that she would recommend to other families on this […]

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While I’m Gone: An Alzheimer’s Story

While I’m Gone: An Alzheimer’s Story

Carol Bagazinski, author and president of NextFriend, LLC, describes her experiences and time spent visiting with a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more from her honest and touching Alzheimer’s story. While I’m Gone She cannot remember my name, even though for the most part, I have been her only visitor for years. Repeatedly, she asks me what […]

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How Long Does It Take? Waiting for Alzheimer’s to Leave

How Long Does It Take? Waiting for Alzheimer’s to Leave

Author Nancy Dafoe describes her navigation through Alzheimer’s and shares her thoughts on her Mother’s disease with us today. Learn more from her story The Impact of Alzheimer’s Yesterday morning, I woke suddenly to the sound of a ringing phone. Because I was startled by what turned out to be yet another political robocall, I recalled part of […]

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