Finding out that an elderly parent has Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can be stressful, frightening and overwhelming. One of the biggest struggles caregivers face when taking care of a parent who has Alzheimer’s is dealing with the difficult behaviors that accompany the disease. These articles have practical tips to help caregivers cope.
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- Humor Shared Among Caregivers is Therapeutic
Caregivers cope with stress and difficult decisions on a daily basis. Humor shared among caregivers will not only lift your spirits, it will also bring proven health benefits.
- Do elders need full-time care as Alzheimer's disease progresses?
As Alzheimer's disease progresses, your loved one may need more care than you can provide. Your options range from home health care and adult day care, to assisted living and nursing homes with specialized Alzheimer's care units.
- Coping when Both Parents Have Dementia
Many of us feel alone when we are trying to care for our aging parents. When we have one parent who has dementia, it is hard. When both are diagnosed, it is often nearly unbearable. Sometimes the pain is so isolating that the caregiver falls seriously ill. Statistics vary, but upwards of thirty percent of caregivers die before their patients. Join forums such as Aging Care, seek out your state’s elder care resources and share with others who are in similar experiences.
- Grandpa is Scary: How Kids Cope with Alzheimer's in Grandparents
Having a grandparent with Alzheimer's can be scary and confusing for children. Here's how to help them understand the changes because of Alzheimer’s or dementia to Grandma or Grandpa.
- Dementia Patients and Their Hurtful Lies
When a person succumbs to any form of dementia, it is hard on family and friends. One of the worst things we have to cope with is the fact that a person with this disease has a flawed memory, and this can cause them to tell others terrible things about us, simply because their brain is not working correctly. No matter how far from the truth their stories and accusations may be, to them, what they are saying is true.
- When a Loved One with Alzheimer's Doesn't Recognize You
Watching a loved one progress through the stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias can be a heartbreaking experience. Learn more about short- and long-term memory recognition and the stages of the disease to be more prepared and have realistic expectations.
- Is Alzheimer's Behavior the Patient’s Problem or the Caregiver's?
Alzheimer’s bad behaviors that aren't necessarily dangerous, but impact caregivers: Coping with the new normalcy when you are an Alzheimer’s caregiver and experiencing Alzheimer's bad behavior.
- How do I handle mom's Alzheimer's-related outbursts and anger?
Elderly parents with Alzheimers or dementia often lash out at their caregivers. Consider adult day care another form of respite, to give you time to re-group.
- November Marks Alzheimer's Awareness and Commemorates Family Caregivers
November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month and National Family Caregiver's Month – two causes that are near and dear to our caregiving community and Alzheimer's patients .
- Alzheimer's Myths
Does aluminum cans, aspartame, flu shots or silver dental fillings increase risk of Alzheimer's disease? Learn the facts behind these Alzheimer's myths.
- How to Take the Stress Out of Getting Dressed with Dementia
How-to help an Alzheimer's patient dress. Alzheimer's can turn even the simplest of tasks into great trials. In the middle and later stages of the disease, many people have difficulty dressing themselves.
- Can You Bring a Person with Alzheimer's to Holiday Gatherings?
Bringing an elder with Alzheimer's to a holiday gathering can bring up some big questions. Alzheimer's patients have every right to make the most of the holiday gathering. But, for a person caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's, these get-togethers can be more chore than cheer.
- I Want to Go Home!
When life's challenges became so very hard, as they inevitably do, I would sometimes think, I want my mother. I want to go home.
- Alzheimer’s Ethics: Not Being Fed When You Can’t Feed Yourself
There is an entire set of literature about the topic of not feeding at the end of life. It even has its own acronym, VSED (voluntarily stopping eating and drinking).
- Should Someone With Alzheimer’s Be Given Antipsychotics?
Antipsychotics, such as: Seroquel, Abilify, Risperdal, Zyprexa and Haldol may reduce agitation, aggression and anxiety in people suffering from dementia, but they can be harmful to a senior's health.
- Sharing Your Story, In Spite of the Shame
For people with symptoms of dementia, sharing their feelings can give validation and bring relief. It is up to those of us who don't have dementia to allow these individuals to express themselves as they are, without reproach or correction.
- My Wife’s Alzheimer's Transformed Our 40-Year Marriage
When my wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, we thought our life, as we knew it, was over. But we've encountered some unexpected blessings along the way.
- Offbeat Cartoon Videos Seek to Demolish Dementia Stigma
A new set of educational films aims to alleviate the stigma of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia in a unique way.
- Is Mom Afraid to Die?
I often wonder why Mom is fighting so hard for so long. It recently dawned on me that she may literally have the "fear of God."
- Caregiving Tips from the ‘Horse Whisperer of Dementia’
Five dementia caregiving tips from Teepa Snow, acclaimed dementia care authority and the newest AgingCare.com Expert.
- Is Alzheimer’s Really a ‘Fate Worse Than Death?’
Perhaps Alzheimer's is not a fate worse than death, even though so many people believe that it is. Here's how I think society can get beyond this type of thinking.
- Validation Therapy for Dementia: Calming or Condescending?
People with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia often live in an altered reality. Through validation of our loved one's reality, "therapeutic fibbing" is very often the most kind, respectful response we can provide.
- The Empty Chair That Alzheimer's Left
Alzheimer's has left an empty chair as we continue on Mom's journey.
- I Will
A poem I wrote in honor of my mother who has Alzheimer's disease.
- A Christmas Album Designed for People with Alzheimer's
Meet the caregiver who is using Christmas carols and other musical methods to help people with Alzheimer's and their families enjoy life to the fullest.
- A Powerful Anthem for Alzheimer’s Caregivers
Popular singer-songwriter, Chris Mann, has recorded a powerful anthem to encourage Alzheimer's awareness. Discover why he's so passionate about the cause.
- A Compassionate Response to Wandering and Dementia
The story begins with a dementia caregiver's greatest fear--a loved one who's wandered away from home--and ends in a compassionate display of validation therapy.
- Memory Care: The Greatest Gift We Could Give Mom
Mom's progression of Alzheimer's disease over the last eight years had been pretty much textbook. But nothing would prepare us for the challenge of placing her in memory care.
- What Can I Do?
It's the question every dementia caregiver has about their loved one: What can I do? Unfortunately, there's no easy answer.
- Bride Marries in Nursing Home So Dad with Alzheimer's Can Attend
At 31 years old, Miriam Reeves just might be the youngest person ever to get married in a nursing home. She and her fiancé planned on tying the knot in their local church, until Alzheimer’s intervened.
- Why People with Dementia Refuse to Do Things
Caregivers often wonder why a person with dementia will refuse to do certain things. Based on a recent experience with my own cognitive impairment, I believe I know why this happens.
- Will it Work? Video Game Empowers People Living With Dementia
Alzheimer's experts have teamed up to create a virtual world where people with dementia can find peace and confidence.
- The Simple Things in Life with Alzheimer's
Discovering hobbies from your loved one's past can also lead to a more enjoyable life for you, their caregiver.
- Glen Campbell Lawsuit Highlights POA and Alzheimer’s
A lawsuit brought against legendary singer Glen Campbell, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, highlights the serious responsibilities that develop when we delegate authority with a POA.
- Living Proof That Alzheimer’s Can’t Steal Love
My mother can't always remember who she is, but that doesn't mean the love between them is gone.
- Pat and Tyler Summitt Team Up to Block Out Alzheimer’s
Legendary basketball coach, Pat Summitt talks about her Alzheimer's diagnosis, and shares how she and her son, Tyler are approaching an unknown future.
- A Playful Approach to Dementia
Discover why increasing numbers of elder care experts are advocating for a more playful, holistic approach to dementia care.
- Re-examining the Coconut-Oil-for-Alzheimer's Hype
I've been irked by the many hucksters who've promoted coconut oil as an Alzheimer's treatment, without one shred of scientific evidence. All that false hope to all those struggling families.... Makes me crazy! One major promoter seems to be dialing back.
- Life with Two Different Husbands
What it's like to live with Bob and "Al."
- Memory Care Tricks from an Unlikely Literary Source
I recently found a few interesting memory care tricks from an unlikely literary source: "And The Mountains Echoed," by Khaled Hosseini.
- Changing the View of Alzheimer's Disease
The stories we hear and the stories we tell define who we are and how we perceive our world. Alzheimer's is perceived by many as a story-stealer, but a courageous group of caregivers and patients aim to change the view of Alzheimer's disease.
- The Moment Every Alzheimer’s Caregiver Lives For
This tender exchange between a daughter and her mother with late-stage Alzheimer's will warm your soul.
- Canine Caregivers Change the Lives of Alzheimer’s Sufferers
Alzheimer's service dogs can be trained to assist their cognitively-impaired handlers with a variety of daily tasks, including: alerting them when a stove is left on or an appliance is plugged in, helping them identify their car in a crowded parking lot, or their house if they get lost.
- Alzheimer’s: To Tell, or Not to Tell?
A caregiver's perspective on when you should (and shouldn't) tell someone they have Alzheimer's disease.
- Dementia Fixations and White Lies
Handling Charlie's dementia-induced obsessions sometimes forces me to lie in order to keep him calm.
- Caregivers and Patients are Life-Long Teachers
You've heard about the value of being a "life-long learner." But, the truth is that, all of us--caregivers and patients alike--are also life-long teachers of one another.
- A Lesson in Love
Even when confronted by Alzheimer's, mom manages to maintain her spirit and offer her family a lesson in love.
- 'Dear Abby' Leaves Legacy of Advice, Alzheimer's Advocacy
Dear Abby advice columnist, Pauline Phillips, has passed away from Alzheimer's. Her children carry on her legacy of advice and Alzheimer's advocacy.
- The Things I've Learned From a Husband With Dementia
Living with Alzheimer's and Frontal Lobe Dementia can teach you things that will change your life--and they are not all bad.
- Alzheimers' Unexpected Gift
When I first thought I had Alzheimer's, I was given the unexpected gift of community. My relationships with many people from the community changed profoundly (or at least my perceptions of them did).
- Visits with Mom Can Be a Pleasant Surprise
I never know what to expect when I visit Mom. We have good days and bad. It is an emotional roller coaster with many ups and downs. Today was a ride to remember.
- Mountaineer Climbs for Alzheimer's Awareness
In just under one year, 55-year-old Alan Arnette accomplished what few have done before; climbing the 7 Summits to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease. We should never under estimate the difference we can make as individuals, no matter how overwhelming a challenge may be.
- David Cassidy: Teen Idol to Dementia Caregiver
David Cassidy discusses his mother's struggle with dementia and how being a caregiver has motivated him to work with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia organizations to spread awareness.
- Helping Children Understand Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer's disease impacts every member of the family. How do parents go about explaining a grandparent's Alzheimer's disease to children?
- How To Make a Home Safer for a Person with Alzheimer’s
It is important to make a home safe if you have an elder with with Alzheimer's disease is living in their own home, or in yours. People in the early stages of Alzheimer's are often capable of living on their own if they make certain safety alterations to it.
- Who Is Worse Off: People with Alzheimer’s or Their Caregivers?
A person with Alzheimer's disease faces a life-altering and ultimately terminal disease. However, Alzheimer's caregivers might have it worse than Alzheimer's patients.
- When Alzheimer's Steals Your Loved One's Personality
As Alzheimer's disease progresses, it destroys memories, brings erratic behavior, and robs the patient of their personality. How do you keep loving someone who is a shell of the person you once knew? Most people are aware, even if only a little, of the expected prognosis of the disease. Even so, it does not make it easy to walk through the stages.
- Alzheimer's Caregiver Burnout
When you are taking care of a parent with Alzheimer's disease, you are trying to cope with your own grief over their illnesses, help them with their feelings of loss, keep them safe, make your immediate family reasonably content and work at your job. You are wearing out, but caregiver guilt will not let you say, "enough!"
- How can caregivers watch their parents decline right before their eyes?
Watching the decline of an elderly parent with Alzheimer's disease takes patience, understanding and calmness.