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With Alzheimer’s, Tangled Memories May Be Culprit in Skewed Stories

If you’ve never talked with someone who has shared an experience with you, but remembers the details very differently than you do, your circumstances are unusual. Individuals tend to view each experience through a unique lens, because we are shaped by our past experiences, and perhaps our genes. Read more →

When We Are Caregivers Christmas Traditions May Need to Change

Dear Readers: As caregivers, we want to provide a memorable Christmas for our loved ones. To do that, we often feel we must keep all of our family traditions. The problem is that as our elders age, many of us find that holiday traditions become painfully challenging, if not impossible. I know. I’ve been there. Read more →

The Area Agencies on Aging Wants to Help Older Adults Connect Through Technology

The old adage, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,” seems to be coming alive in senior communities. When it comes to the social networking craze which has taken over younger demographics, seniors have decided not to be left behind. In a press release I received by e-mail this week, Read more →

Our Parents Are Aging: How Can We Tell if They Need Help?

Adult children get busy with their own lives, and many live quite a distance from their aging parents. If you are a "long-distance child," the holiday season may present your only chance to detect changes in your parents' health, their environment and their overall attitude toward life. Read more →

Helping Elders Celebrate the Season When They Are in Assisted Living or a Nursing Home

No matter what reason lies behind the move to a facility, when people move from the family home to an assisted living center or a nursing home, they still need to feel they are at home. This feeling of "home" is often highlighted during the holidays, when tradition commonly comes into play. Help your loved ones celebrate, even if they are not cognitively able to take part in festivities. In your heart, you'll know you did the right thing. Read more →

10 Tips for Coping with Caregiving Blues during the Holidays

The holiday season is fraught with stress for most folks, even if it's good stress. Expectations of a "perfect" holiday, fed by advertising and media coverage, can contribute to depression for those who don't feel their holiday is measuring up. Add caregiving for elderly family members to this seasonal hoopla, and the result can be overwhelming negative stress. How can caregivers cope with the demands of creating a nice holiday environment for their loved ones and stay true to themselves? Read more →

“Alzheimer’s Daily News” Great Source for Studies and More

At the time, options were limited. I scrounged the Internet and covered our community like a person on a scavenger hunt, but nowhere could I find just a simple TV remote control. One time, I did find a control with big buttons and somewhat fewer options, but that broke in a month and I couldn't replace it. The Alzheimer's Store now has such a remote under "Gifts That Solve a Problem." It's too late for Dad, but this remote may be just what you are looking for. Read more →

Be Aware of Your Words When a Loved One's Death Is Near

Researchers say that the ability to hear is the last sense to surrender as a person's body goes through the death process. That statement assumes, of course, that the person has previously suffered no profound hearing loss. Most of this research has been done on people who are in a coma Read more →

Mom Sleeps All Day: Is This Okay?

Dear Carol: My mother is 94 and all she wants to do is sleep all day. I live nearby, and try to get her to come over to my house, or do something at home, but she always says she wants to take a nap. Should I be concerned? Juana Dear Juana: There could be a number of reasons why your mom wants to sleep all day. She should have a complete physical Read more →

When Do I Let My Mother Die?

The reality of caregiving is that many of us are forced to make difficult decisions on a day to day basis. Sometimes, we need to decide if we should argue our reality against the reality of someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Sometimes we have to decide whether we should encourage food or fluid intake to the point of forcing a loved one to eat or drink, or if we should step back and hope the right thing, whatever that may be, happens. Read more →