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When it was suggested to me that I might benefit from an Alzheimer’s support group for caregivers, I remember smiling politely and thanking the well-meaning party. I also remember my exact thought as I turned away. “ more

Jan 9, 2018 9:26 AM Articles

A hedge row stitches suede sky to prairie patches. I brake for a weathered truck and read the “eat beef” bumper sticker. My pulse slows as Public Radio plays Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. more

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Confusion spreads, his people change, his world is suddenly very strange. He fights against it, holds it tight, surrounds himself with those, who make his world bright. more

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I read him poetry, and he cries. He’s eighty two and has Alzheimer’s more

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Becoming a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can be an underappreciated, and yet noble role. Because of the nature of these disorders, the only way to become an effective caregiver is to become well-informed about the disease. more

Nov 9, 2017 6:26 AM Book Club

A: Accept that some of the hardest decisions you will ever have to make lie ahead. For example, when does nursing home care become the best or, perhaps, the only option? more

Oct 18, 2017 9:54 AM Articles

I care for my husband who is in an advanced stage of Alzheimer's.  I love my husband dearly but he no longer knows me nor can we have the wonderful conversations we used to have.  It gets very very lonely. more

Sep 18, 2017 2:00 AM Carenotes 3 Comments

I am a co-facilitator of a local Alzheimer's support group.  The trouble I am having is that the caregivers are dealing with various stages of the disease and some have already lost their loved ones. more

Sep 4, 2017 2:00 AM Carenotes 6 Comments

After eight years of taking care of both parents by herself, Mary had a stroke. The stroke affected her mobility and leg strength, but most importantly to Mary, it meant her caregiving days were over. more

Aug 25, 2017 12:44 PM Editor's Pen

Hello! I have been receiving your newsletter at a different email for a while. Are there any resources or do you have any advice from how to separate out a personality from the disease progression of suspected Alzheimers? more

Aug 24, 2017 11:54 AM Carenotes

Caregivers who are just beginning their journey may feel adult day care services are for later stages of their loved one’s situation. The sooner caregivers locate and enroll their family member in a program more

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Dementia itself is not a disease, but rather a set of symptoms that accompany specific diseases. more

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At some point, people with Alzheimer’s disease will need help with bathing, grooming, and dressing. more

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You were gone before you went, slipping into final forgetting with each hollow breath. more

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This week has taken me on a journey I never wanted to take. For the first time, my mother does not know me. more

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As if it weren’t enough to deal with forgetfulness and confusion while caring for your loved-one with Alzheimer’s, but aggressiveness, wandering and paranoia can really put you over the edge. more

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My 85 year old husband can't seem to hang onto hearing aids. One is lost in the back yard leaf/compost pile, more

Jul 17, 2017 8:00 PM Carenotes 5 Comments

Early detection of Mild Cognitive Impairment is essential for both loved one and caregiver. more

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Alzheimer’s disease came into my life in January of 2001, and at the time, it seemed like the lesser of two evils. more

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When I think of the ideal caregiver, I immediately think of my grandmother. more

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