Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers

Paying for Alzheimer's and dementia care, according to financial advisors

The cost of quality care for an aging loved one can get pricey. If your loved one has dementia or Alzheimer's, the costs go even higher. Although the average lifetime cost of long-term care comes in around $138,000 per individual, Brandon Gaines, a wealth management advisor at Northwestern... more

5 ways to capture the memories of an aging senior

I was in high school when my beloved grandfather was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He had lived a very full life, so my mom suggested we record him sharing memories while he was still feeling good. We sat together in his breakfast room with a video camera and interviewed him... more

11 ways to help a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia sleep better

Experts aren’t exactly sure why, but changes in the brain that occur with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia often lead to sleeping problems.  Those with Alzheimer’s and dementia sometimes lose awareness of the time of day, so getting them to bed at night can be challenging. Up... more

Dementia and food: 13 tips to make sure a senior is eating enough

Alzheimer’s and dementia cause significant changes in the brain, which can turn the seemingly simple everyday task of eating into a daunting challenge for both seniors and their caregivers.  “Seniors with dementia most often lose track of time and will forget to eat, or will overeat not knowing they... more

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

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

What is the lifetime cost of caring for a person with Alzheimer’s?

Dementia takes an enormous emotional toll on the people with the disease and their caregivers, but it can also be a large financial burden. While the financial demands of getting older have never been cheap, Alzheimer’s has the ability to drain a lifetime’s worth of savings. In 2018, the average... more

How an Alzheimer’s and dementia social worker can help you

Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia impacts the life of not only the person with the disease, but also the life of their entire family and caregiving team. Social workers can help people with memory impairment and their families navigate all of the different challenges that come... more