Marlis describes herself as a “Gramma who loves technology and has a lot to say.” She blogs about whatever catches her interest: food, books, family and more. For AgingCare.com, she writes about the issues facing the elderly and her experiences caring for her husband, Charlie, who suffers from dementia.

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The newly-proposed 'peanut butter sniff test' for Alzheimer's disease has gotten a great deal of attention. But I wonder how accurate it really is.

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What a terrible condition dementia is. It takes the brain of a bright, loving, proud, communicative individual and turns him or her into an infant.

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From one caregiver to another, you must develop ways to relieve your stress. Here's how to find what works best for you.

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Caring for a dementia patient is like raising a child all over again. Sometimes it's a struggle to keep my composure with my husband. I'm sure these behaviors will be familiar to any dementia caregiver.

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Family Caregiver Blog: Charlie and I just visited a local assisted living facility to see whether it might be a viable housing option for us in the future. We were shocked.

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Charlie's dementia-fueled obsession with ordering items from magazines has proven challenging to deal with.

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Day-to-day annoyances wear on caregivers after a while. Sometimes, all we can do is grit our teeth, focus on the positives and try our best to get through it.

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The connection between people and pets is undeniable, but seniors may not be able to safely care for an animal on their own. Here's my solution.

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Research has shown that being bilingual may decrease a person's risk for cognitive decline, perhaps I should brush up on my French.

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Dementia and age related decline have impacted my husband's ability to drive. I'm dreading taking him to have his driver's license renewed. He only has to pass a vision test, but it's his coordination, reflexes and decision making that are the problem.

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Charlie's mental abilities are deteriorating before my eyes and it's getting harder to cope with his decline. Some days I'm just thankful that he can still feed himself.

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My husband is turning 80 years old soon. When we met 14 years ago we felt like kids. Now things couldn't be more different.

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As a caregiver, I know I'm allowed to have an 'angry day' now and again. During those times, I try to remind myself of the little things that Charlie does that I really love.

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For those caring for a loved one in various stages of dementia, finding an effective way to handle the trying experiences we're going through is just one more expression of love.

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I have always said that the thing I fear the most is losing my mind. So every move I make, every false step, every outspoken word sets me on edge, giving me pause.

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I have to wonder how much longer I am going to keep my sanity while caring for my husband, Charlie. At least he hasn't lost his sense of humor—yet.

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I recently found a few interesting memory care tricks from an unlikely literary source: "And The Mountains Echoed," by Khaled Hosseini.

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I have been a caregiver off and on for over forty years, but when I read posts from others on AgingCare.com, I realize how lucky I have been.

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The much-anticipated book arrived a few days ago. Two hours later, I was well into this wonderful series of stories and poetry about caregiving.

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I ran away today. I suppose it was long overdue.