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This article is about how I learned to become a caregiver and what I found to be the 10 most useful things to know in caregiving—not only for myself, but also for Les. more

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Caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a difficult task as each day brings unique challenges and the caregiver copes with changing levels of ability and new patterns of behavior. more

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Since the person with AD no longer possesses the mental skills to be completely independent, a special brand of leadership is called for. At least one person must assume overall authority for ensuring the well-being of the person with AD more

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A lifetime snoop I have always looked inside other shoppers’ buggies to see if they are buying better groceries than I am. As a consequence, I was inadvertently trailing the woman who was now in front of me. more

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A friend who works in a special needs classroom at our middle school was talking about a delightful new student they have in their program this year. more

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My mother has Alzheimer's, a disease that affects both memory and cognitive abilities. What follows is an actual conversation I had with my mom. more

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If you are providing care for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s, it might seem that the word “no” has become a natural response to any question. “Ready for your shower?” “No.” “Are you hungry?” “No.” more

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Regular physical exercise is important for brain health. Being active is important whether a person has normal memory and thinking abilities or has a memory disorder more

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There are a number of takes on telling the person with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) the truth. I would propose a couple of things to keep in mind: more

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So help me heaven, if I don’t find humor in what is now happening in our lives, I don’t think I’ll ever get through it. It started out so subtly—my husband asking me what day it was. more

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Hi to all. I have been caring for my Mom since 2013. She only has one functioning kidney and one that died but, is still there. My gravest concern is that in 2013 she broke her left hip. more

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My grandmother recently had her leg amputated and came home to my mom's house where she now lives. My Mom has vowed never to put her in a nursing home but I am concerned. more

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I believe that my parents, who have different stages of Alzheimer's, should be allowed to  "participate" in anything that involves their care as well as any and all family conferences in their regard. Unfortunately, more

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My mother is in a rapid decline with dementia, as well as other health issues. She is unable to be alone for any time period. more

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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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The Spectrum of Hope offers practical advice, wisdom, and real hope. Here are chapters on how to maintain independence and dignity; how to fight depression, anxiety, and apathy; how to communicate effectively with a person suffering from dementia. 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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One of the most anxiety-causing side effects of dementia is wandering. Nearly 60 percent of all people with dementia wander, especially in the middle stages. more

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That’s my dad with his beautiful snow-white curls framed by the lake. He still knows me, but the last stroke left him in a wheelchair, in an adult family home, and with dementia. His love of 65 years has been gone for almost two years now. more

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