Life as a Caregiver: Taking Care of Elderly Family
The Experiment
We all desire a sense of purpose in life. This does not change as we age, but waning abilities leave few options for our loved ones to feel fulfilled.

Life as a Caregiver

Wise Words from Mum on Living with Dementia
Mum has been steadily declining and is struggling with how to enjoy life despite her growing limitations. Depression and dementia go hand in hand, it seems.

Writing and Caregiving: A Cathartic Combination
While many family caregivers might consider writing about their experiences to be a chore, there is something especially therapeutic about putting things down on paper and punching words out on a keyboard.

A Caregiver’s Tips: Taking a Vacation When Your Loved One Has Dementia
I was excited for our trip, but as our departure date got closer, I became increasingly worried about spending the time away. Based on the success of our experience, I came up with five tips for dementia caregivers who are planning a holiday.

Repetition & Dementia: Navigating Mum’s Question Loop
Like many other dementia patients, my mother repeatedly asks a handful of complex and emotionally charged questions. This is how I try to set her mind at ease.

Dementia Care: Surrounded by Sound
Last Saturday, I brought headphones and an iPod loaded with old music to the rest home for Mum. The results were astounding.

Fighting the Physical Effects of Age and Dementia
Both Mum’s memory and physical stamina seem to evade her these days. As a dementia caregiver, it’s my job to find something to help both her mood and mobility.

Shortening the Distance
For now, Mum can still enjoy the comics section of the newspaper, but her granddaughter found a new way to appeal to her sense of humor. Surprisingly, a mix of classic art and snarky internet trends brought these two generations together through laughter.
A Caregiver’s Tip: Coping with Dementia on Outings
Memory problems can get you into some sticky situations. As a caregiver, I’ve discovered a simple solution to make outings more successful.
The Medication Monkey
Mum hasn’t been herself lately, and it’s been weighing heavily on my mind. Perhaps something is wrong with her medication regimen, or it could be what I dread most: her Alzheimer’s disease is progressing.

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