Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers

Screen time could be the drug-free mood-booster every person with dementia needs

Anyone who has cared for a senior with dementia and its accompanying negative moods — from confusion to anger, sadness to apathy — has probably wished they could flick a magic wand and turn that mood around, STAT. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy and Generation Connect... more

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What to do???

I am facing a dilemma of whether to keep my Mom at home or put her in a facility.  She is 71 years old and was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia.  I thought hiring a caretaker during the day would help to alleviate some of the issues we were having. I... more

A caregiver’s guide to dealing with dementia

If you’re dealing with dementia because your parent, spouse, sibling or care recipient has been diagnosed, it’s important to realize that many things will change over time, including the way that your loved one behaves, the way that the two of you interact and the way that she handles daily activities like eating and grooming. You’ll... more

Dementia and Guardianship

My client came to see me at her wits end about what to do about her father.  He was suffering from early Alzheimer’s disease, but would not accept help.  He ate irregularly and was losing weight.  He refused to give up driving, although he had gotten lost... more

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s: 3 tips for family caregivers

When you find yourself taking care of a parent, sibling or a spouse who has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, it can seem as if your world has turned upside down. The mom who used to drive you to dance class and give you advice on taking out your first mortgage... more

Alzheimer’s and dementia: The wandering problem

Six in 10 people with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia will wander away from their care settings, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Disorientation begins in the early stages of dementia, causing people to get lost. They may not remember their name or address, and can easily become disoriented in their own neighborhood. As the... more

My New Year Promise to My Dad and Daughter

My daughter Becca engages my father in ways that other people, even my mother, cannot.  Watching them sing and “perform,” I’ve come to realize that these two loves of my life simply meet together on common ground.  Becca and her Opa are able to cherish the present... more

Sundown syndrome: Why it happens, and how to cope

Time of day can have a powerful and seemingly strange effect over some people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Your loved one may be content and quiet in the morning, agitated and pacing by the early evening. Here’s what you need to know about the phenomenon known as sundown syndrome or... more