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Be Dementia Friendly – An Infographic! — Be Dementia Friendly: Where Safe Communities Are All The Buzz!

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Caring for a Parent with Dementia – Caregiving Challenges

Dementia and Caregiving challenges Sleep problems and caregiver exhaustion are two of the most common reasons persons with dementia are placed in nursing homes. Causes of sleeplessness in dementia patients include pain, lack of exercise and activities, anxiety, agitation, or … 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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10 ways to Maintain Your Brain© from The National Alzheimer’s Association

Head first: Good health starts with your brain. It’s one of the most vital body organs, and it needs care and maintenance. Take brain health to heart: Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke can increase your risk of … 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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Top Health Threat to Seniors: Depression

Depression is NOT an inevitable part of aging. Changes that accompany later life—retirement, the death of loved ones, increased isolation, medical problems—can sometimes lead to depression. Depression prevents elderly loved ones from enjoying life. Aside from mood, depression impacts energy, … 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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Guest Post – Lessons from a Caregiver

Often, we hear that the role of caretaker to the elderly is a stressful one, particularly in situations where one family member is asked to care for another. In cases where Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are present, this … 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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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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Is Alzheimer’s Affecting YOU?

Alzheimer’s disease is an epidemic. More than half of all Americans now know someone with Alzheimer’s. Almost 30 percent  of  Americans have a family member with the disease. To know Alzheimer’s is to fear it. Nine out of 10 Americans who … Continue reading

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