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...Each time I visited and saw him in such an agitated state, I would hurry from his room back out into the hall to talk with his nurse, Sarita. Had the doctor been in yet? Had he seen Dad like this? Would he please help us get Dad on hospice? Read more →


Dear VL: A holding pattern like your mom's is confusing and emotional even with proper support. Yet, I’m sorry to say that many doctors aren’t prepared to help you beyond their specialty. For that reason, I’d suggest Read more →


...Delusions are another type of false beliefs that can present in elders with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Unlike confabulations, which are related to memory recall, delusions tend to affect multiple aspects of a dementia Read more →


...With AD, short-term memory is destroyed first. Therefore, while your spouse or parent may not know you as you look today (short-term memory), if you pulled out a photo album showing you 20 or 30 years ago, the person may recognize "you" immediately (long-term memory). Read more →


Most caregivers would have been devastated by the death of their loved ones before they took on this role. But when a care recipient has declined so significantly that they no longer resemble the person they used to be, it can be heartbreaking to imagine prolonging such a life. When a loved one is in pain Read more →


Dear LF: First things first. You are not failing. Dementia care is hard, and even the most determinedly positive person will have days when finding something to feel positive about is out of reach. Try not to be so hard on yourself. While a positive attitude overall Read more →


These videos are short and to the point so choose the ones you want to watch from these links or go to the Egosancares YouTube channel for direct viewing. Let’s start with how to put them on and take them off: Read more →


The terms home care and in-home care are used to describe different types of services provided in the home. Additionally, state regulation and licensing entities follow certain definitions... Read more →


We knew Dad was wearing down. He didn’t have long to live, but did he have to be in such discomfort? I wanted him under hospice care, but the doctor was adamant that he still wasn’t ready... Read more →


I first came across the term care partner in conjunction with Alzheimer’s disease. This, at first glance, would seem to be the last place where this term fits. People with Alzheimer’s need someone to take over their lives, right? Read more →