Jacqueline Marcell is a former television executive who was so compelled by caring for her elderly parents (both with early Alzheimer's not diagnosed for over a year) she wrote "Elder Rage." She is also an international speaker on elder care and host of the popular Internet radio program "Coping With Caregiving."

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I found that reading caregiving statistics helped me feel less alone, especially the one about: “More than 50 million Americans are taking care of a family member or friend--and 20 million of them are Baby Boomers caring for an aging parent.”

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My only sibling, my older brother, only lived a half-hour away from Mom & Dad and I lived over 400 miles, yet I was the one who gave up my life for a year to go take care for them… but… I’m not bitter about it!

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They want to be supportive, but they just can't for long periods of time, because they realize what you are describing is all ahead of them. For now, they aren't there yet, don't want to be, prefer denial--and it is just too unpleasant to listen to horror stories they can't fix.

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That’s exactly what I thought about my father—he just couldn’t have Alzheimer’s! Let me answer your question by telling you my story, which if it rings true for you about what’s happening with your husband—you will understand what to do. Click to read the full answer.

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Ohhh, how I wish I’d had a caring sister like you! First, realize that caregivers in a prolonged stressful situation have a 63% higher death rate than their peers of the same age—so your sister’s health is in jeopardy and needs to be the priority. Click to read Jacqueline's full answer.

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When I was taking care of my elderly parents (both with early Alzheimer’s not properly diagnosed for over a year), no one warned me that inhibitions gradually fade and that profanity can often occur.

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Adult day care can be a lifesaver for a stressed out caregiver, but sometimes, an elderly parent resists attending. Here are some tips to help caregivers and seniors discover the tremendous value of Adult Day Centers.

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Taking the time to research assisted living facilities before talking with resistant elders will help you understand the options and ensure the discussion goes smoothly.

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Getting respite can be extremely difficult for a family caregiver, but it is crucial to prevent caregiver burnout.

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Please ask the doctor if you can try an anti-depressant on your mother-in-law, as there are so many choices these days and it is unnecessary for someone to suffer so much.

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I would hire a geriatric care manager who lives very close to your father, and can be your onging eyes and ears in your absence.

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You need the "Jacqueline Marcell emotional shield." Put it on every day, and then don't let anything she says bother you; all negativity has to bounce right off.

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Absolutely! Better yet, make an appointment and take your mom to the doctor, so you can discuss this in-depth with the doctor, because unless you have a durable power of attorney, they will not be able to discuss your mother's health with you over the phone.

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Alzheimer's hallucinations and delusions can be confusing and frightening for everyone involved. If you're caring for someone with Alzheimer's it is important to understand the difference between a hallucination and a delusion.

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Forgetfulness alone is not a sign of Alzheimer's disease. However, for caregivers, it could be indicative of other serious issues like chronic stress, sleep deprivation or burnout.

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I had the same problem with my father. I fed him well and kept all healthy snacks available, but he'd say he was starving to death all the time.

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Profane or otherwise undesirable thoughts and behaviors often come to the surface because dementia destroys the social filters which previously controlled our parents in public.

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There are so many anti-depressants available, why gamble with one that might reduce the effectiveness of your dementia medication?

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How to handle a loved on who refuses to go to the doctor. Advice for getting a parent to go to the doctor when they refuse.

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We may love our parents because they are family, but that doesn't necessarily mean we like them as people. When caregiving responsibilities fall to you, how do you take care of parents who you don't like?