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Alzheimer’s and dementia

Behavioral challenges with Alzheimer’s: Tips for caregivers

Over time, changes in the brain of a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia can lead to more and more puzzling and disturbing behaviors. As memory and cognition decline, the simplest tasks can take enormous effort, leading to frustration and emotional outbursts (what the authors of The 36-Hour Day call “catastrophic reactions”), aggressive behavior, accusations... more


Caregiving during the mid-to-late stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia

The middle stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia can be the most challenging time for a caregiver—your loved one is losing more and more memory and cognitive function, which can lead to some challenging behaviors, yet may still be aware enough to be depressed and angry about his or her condition. In the earlier stages... 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


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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


5 ways to find an Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiver support group that suits you

Caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another kind of dementia can be a fulfilling experience, but it can also be extremely stressful and overwhelming. Take it from the title of the best-selling book on Alzheimer’s called The 36-Hour Day — one of the book’s authors was inspired to name it that after hearing a full-time... 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