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Caregiving and Alzheimer’s: Asking the Right Questions

A frustrated friend called me for help while visiting her mother. Her mother’s Alzheimer’s was progressing and she was exhibiting some, let’s say, wearisome behaviors (to my friend that is). It had been over a week and her mother refused … Continue reading

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Placing unrealistic expectations on our loved ones

I love sharing guest blog appearances on my blog and today is no different. I am truly blessed to have connected with industry experts all over the country, one of them being Lori La Bey of Alzheimer’s Speaks. “A Quiet … Continue reading

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Caregiving and Alzheimer’s: Asking the Right Questions

A frustrated friend called me for help while visiting her mother. Her mother’s Alzheimer’s was progressing and she was exhibiting some, let’s say, wearisome behaviors (to my friend that is). It had been over a week and her mother refused … Continue reading

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Caring for a Parent with Dementia

When a diagnosis of dementia is made, the physician is pivotal in providing the knowledge and resources that are needed to care for the patient. Because family members provide the majority of care for persons with dementia, they are an essential … Continue reading

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Dinner with Dory

Recently an acquaintance shared the story of going to dinner with some long-time friends and their elderly mother.  She said “It was like having dinner with Dory from Finding Nemo”.  The mother, you see, has some very prevalent memory issues.  Throughout … Continue reading

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What if…?

“I wish I had met you a few months ago.”  I hear some variation of this phrase weekly from people I meet through both networking and personal events.  The comment comes from people who have experienced family caregiver in some … Continue reading

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Fall is Here…Let the Chaos Begin!

Summer is usually a slower time for most of us.  Though it may seem like there is a lot going on, it is mostly fun focused activities.  The weather is nice and the days are long. The summer is a … Continue reading

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Coping with Loss – Twice

Having worked in geriatric health care for over 20 years and having facilitated hundreds of caregiver support groups, I have become aware of a somewhat universal phenomenon associated with Alzheimer’s caregivers which I have termed the “double death”.  (I tried … Continue reading

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Random Stop Syndrome

While at a conference in Las Vegas, I experience a phenomenon I refer to as “Random Stop Syndrome”.  While walking through the casinos people would come to a sudden and complete stop for no apparent reason setting off a chain … Continue reading

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Book Review of “If I Walked in Her Shoes” by Richard R. Blake

“If I Walked in her Shoes” is a fictional account of the struggles, small victories, and the underlying love that reinforce relationships. Susan Salach has carefully created a composite of characters made up of real people from her personal and … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Sense in Resilience- 6 Ways To Steer Clear From Temper Agitation

Caregiving is a difficult task. When taking care of patients with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or any other condition characterized by cognitive impairment, tempers can flare at a moment’s notice causing both the caregiver and the patient to suffer. Anxiety is … Continue reading

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CaregiverLife Radio – Alzheimer’s Myths and Facts

Click here to Join me today from 10-11am (CST) for CaregiverLife Radio Topic: Alzheimer’s Myths & Facts Special Guest: Michelle Sanfillipo from Alexian Brothers Neurosciences Institute About Michelle: Michelle L. Sanfilippo, MPAS, PA-C is a certified physician assistant practicing in neurology for the … Continue reading

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The Billion Dollar Employee Crisis

This week I had the distinction of speaking at the Illinois Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) conference on the effect of elder-care on the workplace.   As I finished my presentation an attendee approached and as she did the tears … Continue reading

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Book Review: Alzheimer’s from the Inside Out

There have been many books published on the topic of Alzheimer’s disease.  Some address symptoms, diagnosis, behavior issues from the clinical, psychological and social perspective.   However; this is the first work to address the disease from the perspective of the … Continue reading

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Ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life 2. Challenges in planning or solving problems 3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work or leisure 4. Confusion with time or place 5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships 6. New … Continue reading

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I Wish I Were an Idiot

If I were an Idiot, I could… Get my name and picture in countless magazines and newspapers for my reckless bad-mannered antics. Be offered a contract with a major publisher to write a “how to get paid for being stupid” … Continue reading

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How an Alzheimer Caregiver turned his emotions into beautiful works of art!

Today I have an interview guest post with John Toomey, an awesome artist that has so willingly shared his story of how he got his start, stories of his mother with Alzheimers. In this interview you’ll hear his passion throughout … Continue reading

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You’re not the boss of me!

Living with a parent, spouse, or relative with Alzheimer’s or Dementia can be such an overwhelming task where one can finally come to the point of saying “I GIVE UP!” It’s almost like taking care of a child once again. If … Continue reading

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You think the eye exam is tough for YOU; what about if you had Alzheimer’s

I recently treated myself to an eye exam (since I was turning 46) and was tired of carrying my readers everywhere I went and I refused to get the “old lady” chain around my neck (I didn’t realize I was … Continue reading

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7 blogs I frequent; These are a few of my favorite things

I just wanted to take this post and share with you some of my favorite sites (blogs). Some of these listed are within the caregiving industry and some are not but have become some of my favorites, nonetheless. Check them … Continue reading

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