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15 Tips for Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

December 19th, 2014

Become an educated caregiver: Some useful sites for educating yourself are the Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Reading Room. Also, attend any caregiving seminars presented in your community. Ask for help – and accept it: Don’t be too proud to ask for help. Getting help can make a major difference in your life. Take care[…]

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A Resource for You: Journey of a Lifetime

December 12th, 2014

The Journey of a Lifetime: The Caregiver’s Guide to Self-Care, by Jane Meier Hamilton, MSN, RN. Infinity. 2010. 129 pages. Available on Ms. Hamilton has been a psychiatric nurse for 35 years and a family caregiver for 20 years. For 8 of those years she cared for her mother, who had Alzheimer’s. She also[…]

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5 Problems Associated With Caring for a Mid- to Late-Stage Patient at Home

December 12th, 2014

Many people would rather die than place their loved one in an institution. But such placement may actually be the best solution for the person. Although your loved one may have previously stated their adamant opposition to going to a nursing home, many mid- to advanced-stage Alzheimer’s patients will soon forget they were even moved.[…]

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Need Advice This Very Minute? 2 Helplines You Can Call

December 5th, 2014

Here are two helplines you can call to get instant advice. (Please note, however, that you should call 911 for emergencies.) The Alzheimer’s Association Hotline: 1-800-272-3900 Staff can answer questions, help you process your feelings, assist in problem solving and, when needed, link you to resources at your local Alzheimer’s Association. The Association stresses that[…]

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The Critical Question All Alzheimer’s Caregivers Should Ask Themselves

November 28th, 2014

Sometimes we suffer more than the person with Alzheimer’s. That’s because, in part, people with Alzheimer’s disease typically live mostly in the present. That’s one of the less dreadful things about this disease. People with dementia typically quickly forget unpleasant things that happen to them and upset them terribly. But caregivers don’t easily and quickly[…]

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Sometimes We Suffer More Than the Person With Alzheimer’s

November 21st, 2014

Once Ed was moved to a new room at his nursing home. I went out to visit him to see how he was adjusting.  “I want to go home,” Ed kept repeating plaintively to me and everyone who passed by. I felt faint and terribly guilty. I felt as though I’d ripped him away from[…]

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Life After Alzheimer’s

November 14th, 2014

Here’s my story of life after Alzheimer’s. Two weeks after Ed died, I was offered the dream job I’d interviewed for in Kansas City. My new life was tremendously challenging and took my mind off my loss as much as anything could. When I arrived in Kansas City and moved into the house I’d rented,[…]

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3 Tips for Surviving Alzheimer’s Caregiving

November 7th, 2014

I want to share with you the events and situations that helped me cope, hoping they may help you as well. I Kept a Journal I chronicled my visits to Ed, his gradual decline, my feelings, and my day to day activities. It gave me a way to document my caregiving journey and to remember[…]

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Overcoming Denial When a Loved One Shows Signs of Alzheimer’s

October 31st, 2014

Alzheimer’s is, above all, an insidious disease. Its symptoms often begin so mildly and progress so slowly that it’s easy for friends and loved ones to deny them until one day there’s a ‘defining incident;’ an incident so bizarre that not even the spouse, child or other loved one can ignore it or explain it[…]

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Alzheimer’s and Humor: An Alzheimer’s Patient’s Funny Trick

October 24th, 2014

After finishing each meal at the Alois Center, Ed would always clean his spoon with a napkin, wrap it in another napkin, put it in the breast pocket of his sport coat and take it back to his room. He knew very well he shouldn’t be stealing those spoons. Pretty soon his room would have[…]

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