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Could a Therapist Help You? When to Consider Getting Professional Help

July 25th, 2014

Some Indications You Might Benefit From Seeing a Therapist: There are several situations in which people can benefit from therapy. Two important ones for Alzheimer’s caregivers are:  When you feel overwhelmed by your stress or  when you are seriously depressed. Let’s look at each of these in a little more detail. Stress: The Alzheimer’s Association[…]

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How You Can Help Someone Who Is an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

July 21st, 2014

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 15 million people are serving as caregivers to people with Alzheimer’s, providing over 1.7 billion hours of unpaid care every year. Carrying out their duties has a negative effect on their physical and mental health. With so many people being Alzheimer’s caregivers, chances are good that you know one –[…]

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When You Become the Parent to Your Parent

July 20th, 2014

People who have Alzheimer’s disease gradually lose the ability to manage their own affairs. When this happens you will need to step in and help out. In effect, you become the parent. The amount of parenting needed depends in part on the person’s living arrangement. A parent living with your or with a spouse who[…]

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10 Things People With Alzheimer’s Taught Me

July 16th, 2014

I was a caregiver for Ed, my beloved Romanian life partner, for seven years when he had Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, I currently volunteer to make weekly visits to four women who live at Clare Bridge, a Brookdale Senior Living memory care facility in Overland Park, Kansas. (I refer to them as “my ladies.”) Here are[…]

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Moving on After the Death of a Loved One With Alzheimer’s

July 12th, 2014

Grief must be fully experienced before you can move on. You need to allow yourself time to grieve. It’s important to take good care of yourself physically and emotionally during this time. It will also help to realize that with time your pain will lessen and you will be able to move on. At some[…]

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How to Beat the Stress of Alzheimer’s Caregiving

July 5th, 2014

Bethany’s mother has Alzheimer’s and Bethany is the primary caregiver. In fact she’s the only caregiver. She’s on duty 24/7 and, after three years in this role she often feels physically and mentally exhausted. If only she had some time to herself. She used to love photography but hasn’t had time for that since before[…]

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Caregiving May Be Wrecking Your Health

July 2nd, 2014

What many Alzheimer’s caregivers don’t realize is that carrying out their duties may be creating chronic stress, which can lead to a significant decline in physical and mental health. Alzheimer’s caregivers typically fail to pay attention to their own health. They may fail to fill prescriptions, they state they have not gone to the doctor[…]

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Entertaining People With Alzheimer’s – The Simpler, the Better

June 29th, 2014

Simple pleasures can indeed bring great joy to people living with Alzheimer’s. Often the activities can be based on something that brought pleasure to the person before getting Alzheimer’s. Here’s a little story that can serve as an example. When I went to visit Ed one day, I realized I’d forgotten to bring any ‘props’[…]

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When Your Grief Never Ends

June 26th, 2014

Coping with loss is an ultimately deeply personal and singular experience. The best thing you can do is to allow yourself to feel the grief as it comes over you. Resisting it will only prolong the natural process of healing. According to the Center for Complicated Grief, for most people, grief never completely goes away[…]

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Take Your Loved Ones to a Doctor When They’re Showing Signs of Alzheimer’s

June 23rd, 2014

Unfortunately, in many cases people experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer’s flat out refuse to consult a doctor. You may be able to reason with those who have mild symptoms, although it may take several discussions before they agree to be seen. You might also ask a good friend or favorite relative to speak with the person.[…]

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