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Too Young to Care

While millennials are often perceived as “selfish,” “entitled,” and “lazy” compared to other generations, there is a hidden group of individuals within this segment of the population that is far from these stereotypes – young...

Balancing Act – When Work and Caregiving Collide

Worldwide, it is estimated that nearly 47 million people are living with dementia and this number will almost double every 20 years, reaching 75 million in 2030 and 131.5 million in 2050. Individuals with dementia...

Managing difficult behavior caused by Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease causes brain cells to die, so the brain works less well over time. This changes how a person acts. This article prepared by the National Institute on Aging has suggestions that...

Music Sparks Regions of Brain Spared by Alzheimer’s

New research is looking into developing music-based treatments to help alleviate anxiety in dementia patients. “People with dementia are confronted by a world that is unfamiliar to them, which causes disorientation and anxiety,” said...

The ‘Six Rs’ of behavioral management in Alzheimer’s

“The 36-Hour Day,” written by Nancy L. Pace and Dr. Peter V. Rabins, was first published in 1981 and includes the six R’s of behavioral management. The book is a comprehensive reference guide for those affected by...

When Your Loved One With Alzheimer’s Makes Something Up

“Has anyone got any tips on how to deal with when your loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease makes something up which you know isn’t true. Do you tell them it didn’t...

Tips for keeping your home safer for a person with Alzheimer’s

Some of us are “caregivers” — or we’re going to be. Some of us recognize that word and some of us don’t. So I’ll provide Mark’s Standard Definition – A caregiver is somebody...

Why Do We Hide Dementia?

The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) comes equipped with an inherent social stigma that has the power to dehumanize even the most vivacious person. Research has demonstrated that, when it comes to medical concerns, the...

Gender Gap in Caregiving – The Unique Impact of Caregiving on Women

Taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is not an easy task. Caregiving is a long-term endeavour that is mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially demanding, and is a role that...

How can my siblings manage our mom’s Alzheimer’s care and stay amicable?

You and your siblings cannot care for your mom properly unless you first care for yourselves. Recognize that conflict usually affects the primary caregiver more so than any other member of the family. For the primary caregiver,...

Spending Changes Can Be a Sign of Memory Loss

I am often asked what signs are common with dementia patients other than the obvious memory loss. A common sign that often goes unnoticed is changes in their spending habits. Here are...

The subtle signs of dementia to watch for in loved ones this Christmas

Christmas is a time for meeting up with loved ones not seen in a while and catching up on the changes in each other’s lives over the past year. But for some families, it can also...

What Alzheimer’s is teaching me this holiday season

Last year, the holidays passed in a blur. At age 54, I had recently been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s and my days were consumed with sadness and the need to deal with the realities of...

5 holiday tips for families of people with Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Society of P.E.I. is offering some tips to families and caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and dementia to help make the holiday season less stressful. 1. Sensory baskets  When it comes to gifts, creating...

Dementia and the need to rummage

A lot of individuals with dementia start looking through different places in search of items. I have witnessed this searching in the fridge, closets, cabinets and many other household locations. It is critical to...

6 Tips to Make Life Easier When You Have Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that makes a person lose their cognitive abilities, altering daily functioning and leading to various levels of physical and emotional stress. Following an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, a lot...

How Alzheimer’s Affects Family Dynamics

When someone you love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, family members may be unsure of how to react. It’s not uncommon for family members to become confused, shocked or upset, but it’s...

Social disconnection in people living with dementia and their carers

A survey conducted by Alzheimer’s Australia has found that both people living with dementia and their carers tend to often experience embarrassing situations and feelings of incompetency. The survey aimed to explore the community’s beliefs and...

Tips and strategies for taking Alzheimer’s patient out to a restaurant

Most caregivers are often uncomfortable or uneasy with the idea of eating out with their loved ones who may face the stigma attached to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. However, with some preplanning and a...

Why do individuals with Alzheimer’s become so isolated?

For the most part, when someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. friends and family members become afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing around them so they avoid contact altogether. Socialization dwindles, and the individual becomes...

Signs your mom is hiding her symptoms of dementia

It can be difficult to tell the difference between persistent memory loss and so-called “senior moments,” which could be the excuse your mom leans on to blame or hide her growing cognitive deficits. Your mom’s memory problems...

The emotional impact of a dementia diagnosis

The diagnosis of dementia is increasingly presenting doctors and patients with a psychological problem. At research centers like the University of Pennsylvania, new diagnostic science means patients can now learn that they have Alzheimer’s...

New communication technique helps people with dementia

People with advanced dementia could be helped to interact through a non-verbal communication technique known as ‘Adaptive Interaction’, researchers at the University of St Andrews have discovered. In the latter stages of dementia, those living with the condition...

What Does It Feel Like to Develop Alzheimer’s

Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why you’re there? You probably have. Most of us have at one time or another. But what if, instead of this happening every...

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