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November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month. The November 1, 2010 issue of Sports Illustrated takes advantage of this awareness campaign to inform the public about the risks of sport's related brain injuries that could lead dementia - especially injuries sustained while playing football. The Sports Illustrated cover tosses us their hard hitting special report titled "Concussions." Read more →

Detaching With Love: Setting Boundaries in Toxic Relationships

When the family member we are trying to care for is impossible to please, it’s often because of long-standing family dynamics. I’m not talking about someone in intolerable pain, or someone who has little control over their brain because of dementia or Alzheimer’s. In those cases, Read more →

In-home Care Can Help Elders Stay Part of Family Functions

Most in-home care agencies do far more than just care for an elder in the home. They are often hired to help elders who want to stay in assisted living, because they don't feel ready for a nursing home, but need extra health care not provided by the facility. Read more →

The Arts Can Give People with Alzheimer’s a Reason to Live

If any one person has structured my own thoughts into a powerful sentence, it's John Zeisel, in the above quote. Zeisel is the president of Woburn-based Hearthstone Alzheimer Care, which runs six residences in Massachusetts and New York where they care for people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Read more →

Medical Alarms Offer Emergency Help for Spousal Caregiving Couples

Dear Carol: My mom takes care of my dad who has Parkinson’s disease. She does a good job, though I know it’s hard for her. I worry about what could happen if she fell or had heart attack while she and Dad are alone. They have neighbors, as they live in an apartment, but still it could be hours before anyone knew something was wrong. She’s proud of her work helping Dad. How do I help her understand this isn’t safe? Barney Dear Barney: Read more →

Study Shows Walking Helps Preserve Brain Tissue

Most of us know that physical exercise is good for us. We've read, or heard, "What's good for the heart is good for the brain." Our doctors have told us to get aerobic exercise. If you're like me, you automatically think of the dedicated people who hit the gym several times a week, run marathons or at least use the treadmill or bike instead of letting the equipment sit in their basement. Read more →

Protecting Caregiver Health: When the Caregiver's Health Fails the Care System Can Collapse

Think of it like this: Caregivers are the base of a pyramid. When the base collapses, the whole pyramid crashes. Many of us are “natural caregivers.” We put other people’s needs ahead of our own. Read more →

ABC TV Alzheimer’s Series Riveting

Anyone interested in caregiving would have a hard time not hearing about the ABC TV series on caregiving hosted by Maria Shriver, whose father died of Alzheimer’s disease. Since that time, Shriver has put her considerable clout behind Alzheimer’s awareness and research, as well as caregiver support. The whole Shriver Report 2010 is worthy of our attention. Read more →