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March 2014

Administration on Aging Programs Assist Caregivers Nationwide

he NFCSP is one way the government has moved forward since 2000 in acknowledging the fact that families are the major provider of long-term care. Research has shown that caregiving takes a heavy emotional, physical and financial toll of families. Caregiving also presents many conflicts when it comes to time away from a paying job. - See more at: http://www.healthcentral.com/alzheimers/c/62/153930/administration#sthash.p2PQUiaZ.dpuf Read more →


Emotionally Descriptive Words Can Lose Meaning with Semantic Dementia

According to Stanford School of Medicine, it’s believed that FTD accounts for approximately 10 percent of all cases of dementia. Researchers believe that semantic dementia is present in only a small percentage of these cases. Yet for the person with semantic dementia and their caregivers, percentages mean little. Read more →


Changes in Gait May Predict Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers said the studies could lead to developing a relatively simple tool that doctors could use to “forecast, if not diagnose, possible Alzheimer’s disease…People who are focused on cognition largely never watch people move…The tests are all done sitting down. But damage to the wiring is an important shared problem of difficulty with thinking and difficulty with moving.” Read more →


5 Technologies I Would Have Enjoyed During Earlier Caregiving

Still, there is more. During my heaviest caregiving years, there were very few people who understood the magnitude of what I was trying to cope with. Most just had a surface view, and many were more than happy to give me advice about something completely outside of their personal experience. Read more →


Alzheimer's Affects Genders Differently For Several Reasons

An article on HealthCentral focusing on the health issues of female caregivers as opposed to male caregivers underscores the difficulty in gathering reliable facts when trying to decipher gender differences. The article states that men and women tend to report caregiving differently. Read more →


Aging Itself Shouldn't Mean Loss of Rights

Dear Carol: My 76-year-old mother lives alone in the family home and she doesn’t want to move. There’s no family in her community anymore though she has good friends as well as her church where she’s very active. She says she feels her age some but is generally happy and she loves her garden. I’d like mom to move from Minnesota to Texas where I live so that I can take care of her. Read more →


Humor Provides Armor Against Caregivers’ Pain

Slowly, Mom’s body was slipping into death. She was comatose. Her extremities were mottling and, though her heart kept beating, she was completely unresponsive. Beth and I kept vigil over the three day period that Mom went through the final death process. We stayed with her, held her hand, talked with her. - See more at: http://www.healthcentral.com/alzheimers/c/62/156360/armor-caregivers#sthash.4tvQp9Yf.dpuf Read more →