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Staying Sane When Caring for a Loved One who has Dementia

A loved one's struggle with dementia can be heartbreaking and stressful. Here are a few things I've learned that's helped me cope with caring for my mother.   After several years of weird but progressing symptoms, my mother was diagnosed in the summer of 2013 with dementia. In the beginning, I found it quite frustrating, even maddening at...

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10 Ways to Avoid Agitation and Aggression

Avoid Agitation and Aggression The person with Alzheimer’s often appears to be stubborn, obstinate, argumentative, and aggressive and downright mean at times. I say “appears to be,” because in reality they are none of those things. Someone who has dementia is someone with a brain injury and damage to the brain prevents him from reacting in ...

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Bathroom Safety Solutions for seniors and Caregiver

As any caregiver knows, bathroom safety is one of their main concerns when caring for the elderly. But for some issues we’re at a loss as to what to do to make it safer. Hopefully this post will give you a few ideas to make caregiving in the bathroom a little easier for both of you. Nothing gives me nightmares like the thought of one of my paren...

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A Timeline of Dementia: What to Know for Each Stage

Though every type of dementia is different and every person who has dementia is different, understanding the basic stages can make a tremendous difference in the life of the senior, says Kim Warchol, president of Dementia Care Specialists, a specialized offering of the Crisis Prevention Institute. “Alzheimer’s disease and the related dementias ...

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Helpful Terminology for New Caregivers.

Words all care givers need to know   Have you just taken over the role of family caregiver? If so, you may soon find yourself bombarded with hundreds of unfamiliar words and confusing terms.   If you aren't a medical professional, then you can be quickly overwhelmed with you see these words appear on paperwork. (And there will...

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Helpful Terminology for New Caregivers.

  Words all care givers need to know     A helpful guide to caregiving terms and abbreviations. Have you just taken over the role of family caregiver? If so, you may soon find yourself bombarded with hundreds of unfamiliar words and confusing terms. If you aren't a medical professional, then you can be quickly ov...

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5 Reasons to Make a Memory Box for Alzheimer’s

For loved ones, parents or seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, a memory box can help recall events and people from the past. These memories can stimulate the senior, prompting conversation with loved ones.  Whether a family photo, newspaper clipping or other prop; memory boxes hold items that bring us back to a moment in time that we hold dear...

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8 Uplifting Tales of Coping with Dementia

Life doesn’t end when illness begins. 1. I record music videos for YouTube” Paul Hitchmough, 63, lives in Liverpool. He was diagnosed in February 2014. Paul's form of Alzheimer's means he often experiences an "induced meditative state." He describes this experience as his mind "going white" - he emerges from this state in a deep depression. P...

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Veterans Benefits for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

Below are some commonly asked questions and answers regarding benefits for veterans with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia? Question: My father is a veteran of World War II and has now been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. What services does the VA provide for persons with dementia, and how do we apply for them? Answer: Eligi...

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11 EARLY SIGNS OF DEMENTIA, ACCORDING TO EXPERTS

                                  11 EARLY SIGNS OF DEMENTIA, ACCORDING TO EXPERTS By ISADORA BAUM, CHC You might have the occasional slip up and misplace your keys. While trekking downstairs to grab a set and prying open your door might be a hassle, it's pretty trivial. However, signs of early dementia are on a totally differe...

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