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HELPING CHILDREN UNDERSTAND DEMENTIA

Children are highly attuned to their environment and readily notice changes in those around them. If a family member has Alzheimer’s disease or other type of dementia, children, depending on their age and how often...

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER YOUR LOVED ONE RECEIVES A DEMENTIA DIAGNOSIS

Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia can bring mixed and complex emotions. For some, it may be a relief that there is finally an explanation for symptoms....

COVID-19 – What dementia caregivers need to know

Most likely, dementia does not increase risk for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus, just like dementia does not increase risk for flu. However, dementia-related behaviors, increased age and common health conditions that often...

Married to Alzheimer’s

Spouses of those with dementia face drastically altered marriages. When Dr. David Kirkpatrick and his wife, Clair, were told by a neurologist that she had Alzheimer’s disease, she insisted that they watch a film together....

How to lift yourself to the challenge of daily caregiving for my loved one with Alzheimer’s

Find rest. Find rest from wondering if you’re good enough or offering the “right” kind of care for your loved one. Find rest from comparing yourself to other caregivers or health care professionals. Rest from your fears,...

Alzheimer’s Patients May Need Help Celebrating the Holidays

For the millions of families affected by Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America  is providing tips on how to adapt holiday gatherings to make them as enjoyable as possible for someone living with Alzheimer’s or another...

10 Tips When Caring for Someone Living with Cognitive Impairment

Get a medical assessment and diagnosis. If there are noticeable cognitive issues, it is important for your loved one to get a comprehensive medical exam. There is a chance that the cause of the cognitive...

Non-Medical Ways to Help Care for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Caring for family members with Alzheimer’s disease or another diagnosis of dementia can be challenging. But, you’ve evaluated your care options and decided that a nursing home wasn’t the best choice for your loved one. Fortunately, Alzheimer’s...

Worried About Your Memory? These Are the Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor

Doctors can spot the beginning stages of mild cognitive impairment, and the very early symptoms of Alzheimer’s, through memory tests. But these tests — which could catch diagnoses sooner rather than later — aren’t as routine or as available...

10 Tips to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Caring for a loved one living with a dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease is among the most stressful of caregiving situations. Many caregivers lose sleep because they...

Anxiety complicates life for dementia patients and their caregivers

Late one night, the phone rings. It’s my mom. I brace myself and pick up. “The Baltimore police just called,” she says. “Your brother is in jail!” I know — well, I’m pretty...

Things No One Tells You About Alzheimer’s

Ask anyone what worries them most about getting older, and more than a few people will say losing the ability to remember things is high up on their list. After a lifetime of making memories and forging...

Out of Season

Seasonal rhythms are known to affect several aspects of human behaviour and physiology. For example, moods fluctuate throughout the year in individuals with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and seasonality seems to impact timing of onset...

When Push Comes to Shove

Dementia is commonly associated with cognitive impairment, particularly memory decline. However, dementia not only affects an individual’s ability to think and remember, it also causes changes in personality, emotions, and behaviour. These non-cognitive changes are...

Talking With Your Loved One About Memory Lapses

For the third time this week, your mom is fixated on finding the doily she sold at the garage sale five years ago. You think, “Maybe it’s time to talk with an aging specialist.” It’s time, according...

Knowing when it’s time to take control of your parents’ finances

Telling an elderly parent that they need to stop driving and taking away their car keys is one of the most difficult things adult children have to do. But there is something that can be...

Can A Caregiver Be Too Devoted?

Stacey G.’s (she asked that we use her last name initial only due to the personal details in the story) parents had a storybook romance. Married for over 60 years, her father still called...

Avoiding the holiday blues as a caregiver

The day-to-day responsibilities of Alzheimer’s caregiving can take its toll, and during the holidays, the range of emotions can run amuck and cause depression or “holiday blues.” As a caregiver, you should be especially attentive in recognizing...

What helps people live well with dementia

New research has identified the factors that enable people with dementia and their carers to live as well as possible. Led by the University of Exeter, the research seeks to inform support services and guide policy...

Differences Between Male and Female Caregivers

We typically think of caregivers as women, and while statistically, it is accurate that more women than men provide care for older family members, men do their fair share. He Said, She Said One...

The First Time I Knew There was a Problem

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is now the most-feared disease in many western nations, surpassing cancer, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Awareness of dementia is higher than ever before, with individuals across the globe searching for signs...

Staying Hydrated Boosts Brain Power

Water consumption and brain function are integrally connected. Over 60% of the adult human body is composed of water and every system in the body is dependent on proper hydration, including the activities of the...

4 Tips to Enhance Daily Life for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

Enhancing daily life for a loved one with Alzheimer’s often starts by empowering caregivers to cope with the increasing memory loss and behavioral changes that characterize the disease. Caregiver support is especially important given that...

Tips For Travelling with a Parent with Alzheimer’s

If your parent is living with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, you might think that travel is off the table. In fact, not only can people who have dementia travel, but...

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