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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Family members are often responsible for providing seniors with supportive care, but the ability to recognize when it is time to hire outside help is beneficial for everyone involved.

Memory problems can get you into some sticky situations. As a caregiver, I’ve discovered a simple solution to make outings more successful.

Christmas has come and gone, but in Mum’s mind the planning has just begun. When her anxiety returns and her questions become repetitive, white lies are what alleviate her worries.

As a dementia patient, I see how much my wife handles on a daily basis. Caregivers like her are far from invincible, though, and it’s important for the entire family to recognize this and make respite time a regular occurrence.

Dementia-related behaviors can wear on even the most level-headed caregiver. Instead of feeling guilty after lashing out, be honest with yourself and do whatever it takes to ensure it won’t happen again.

Do you know how stressed out you truly are? Answer a few questions to determine your level of caregiver burnout and see what resources can help reduce your strain.

The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips and suggestions for hobbies and activities for seniors with dementia.

Their wallet can tell you a great deal about their ability to manage their finances. Ensuring its contents are current and organized will help to extend their independence and make dealing with banks, Medicare and credit card companies simpler.

After researching the “ethics” of blogging, I realized what had been bothering me. I hadn’t been honest with Mum and it was time to tell her the truth.

Get advice on how to discuss long-term care planning, form your care team, create a personalized organizational strategy with a printable care plan template, get real care plan examples, and find elder care professionals who can help you execute your plan.

In order to be successful, every caregiver needs a care plan and a team to help them execute it. A well-rounded roster of friends, family and professionals can help you provide quality care and prevent burnout.

Adult children often try to protect their aging parents, but this can cost the elder their independence and dignity. Family caregivers must learn to balance their loved one's quality of life with risks, and this can take practice and patience.

Boundaries are built into every relationship, but when a person is in a caregiving situation, these lines can quickly fall by the wayside. Don't let fear, guilt or obligation prevent you from having some control over your life.

The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ suggestions for keeping a loved one cozy, content and clean in spite of cold winter weather.

Use your zodiac sign to see how you handle caregiving and what kinds of characteristics may make your responsibilities easier or harder to handle. Read articles on providing care that have been selected specifically for your astrological sign.
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