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How to Help a Parent Who Has Cancer

Start by being a great note-taker to capture doctors' plans and creating a support system for both you and your ill loved one. Nothing is worse than hearing that someone you love has cancer. It's even harder when it's your parent. As children, we typically see our parents as... more

5 things I wish I'd known before caring for my grandmother with Alzheimer’s

Shortly after graduating from college, I moved in with my grandparents. My grandmother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and I was in need of housing. So I temporarily became one of her caregivers. My stint in caretaking only lasted a few months before I moved across the country to be... more

Managing the Challenging Behaviors of Alzheimer's Disease

We all know that forgetfulness is a symptom of Alzheimer's disease. But as language skills diminish, more disturbing behaviors may develop. The Mayo Clinic explains that damage to the brain's neurotransmitters, can cause your loved one to act out in new ways. These new behaviors can often be... more

All About Speech Therapy

What is it? And do my children need it?Michelle considers herself an expert on obtaining and receiving speech-language therapy services. "All three of my children needed speech therapy," she says. "If there's one thing I learned, the earlier you start, the better!" We are reminded that children crawl... more

How to know when it's time for a nursing home

Many caregivers and families make a huge effort to keep their loved one at home for as long as possible. But there may come a time when the scales tip and a nursing home is the best choice. It’s one of the hardest decisions to make about a loved one’s care, and... more


Down Syndrome Program

Massachusetts General Hospital has a special team of folks who deal only with DS patients.  Boston is a hike for us from Dutchess Co., NY.  We've made one visit so far, and are returning in early March.  I am impressed with their interest, even before you... more


Sleeping child syndrome

Does any one have a this problem with there child.So our child is 18 yrs old. No matter what time of the day it is how short the drive it is he falls a sleep in a matter of 5 minutes in to the ride. Yes our son has... more



I've been away from here for a while dealing with personal issues.  As you know, my son, Michael, has DS and Alz, so we have challenges.I have found, through research on the Internet, a recommended place for services for DS folks.  Massachusetts General Hospital has a... more