Caring for Mom Articles

  • Wise Words from Mum on Living with Dementia

    Caring for Mom: 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.

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  • Early Onset Alzheimer's: A Story of Love and Loss

    Dealing with Mom's early-onset Alzheimer's diagnosis I learned to live in Mom’s world because she cannot live in mine. This is a glimpse into my ongoing journey with Mom and how I have learned to fight back against dementia.

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  • 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.

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  • How Caregiving Can Help Us Redefine the True Meaning of Motherhood

    What do we owe our aging mothers? Learning to appreciate those who mothered us during our formative years and finding forgiveness in our hearts for those who faltered in these duties can help us come to terms with these relationships.

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  • A Caregiver’s Tips: Taking a Vacation When Your Loved One Has Dementia

    Caregiver's need respite, 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.

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  • 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.

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  • A Caregiver’s Tip: Coping with Dementia Behaviors on Outings

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

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  • Anosognosia and Caregiving: Suffering from a Lack of Insight

    Commonly patients with Alzheimer's cannot acknowledge their cognitive impairment. This phenomenon, called anosognosia, makes it very challenging for caregivers to provide the treatment and care they require.

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  • A Caregiver's Guilt

    Trying to please someone with memory issues can seem like a losing battle. Many caregivers bend over backwards for their loved ones only to have their efforts fail or fall short. Sometimes the guilt feels overwhelming.

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  • Multigenerational Living: The Ins and Outs of In-law Suites

    An in-law suite can provide safety and support for older family members while preserving everyone's privacy. A multigenerational household may seem convenient, but there are many factors to consider before moving to a larger home or building an addition.

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  • This Is What Happened When My Parents Moved In

    Eleven years have passed since my parents first moved in with me. What I didn’t anticipate was that opening up my home to my parents would, in a sense, shut the door to my own refuge.

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  • 10 Caregiver Tips for Caring for an Elderly Person's Hair

    Helping an aging loved one look and feel their best can be an unexpected challenge. Use these tips from a caregiver to make washing and styling hair easier for both of you.

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  • How do I get mom to wear an adult diaper when she refuses?

    Approaching the subject and talking to an elderly mother or father about incontinence and wearing adult diapers requires sensitivity and discretion.

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  • I can't bring myself to visit mom in the nursing home. How can I move past my anxiety?

    The guilt, grief, and anxiety of placing someone in a nursing home often impacts the desire to visit. A caregiver shares their experience with learning to spend quality time with Mom in the nursing home.

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  • “I Promised My Parents I'd Never Put Them in a Nursing Home”

    Many family caregivers vow to never place their aging parents or spouses in a nursing home. But when their needs increase and caring for them at home becomes a struggle, a promise that was made in good faith often becomes a source of guilt and contention.

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  • Keeping Seniors Busy and Active

    If a senior’s abilities have waned, it can be challenging to find ways to adapt or replace the pastimes they once loved. In some cases, there is no encouraging or convincing an elderly loved one to remain active.

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  • A Happy Day with Dementia

    Although Mom didn’t remember the details of our picture-perfect day together, she was very happy. With dementia, the memories may not stick anymore, but the feelings and emotions attached to them still linger.

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  • Behavior Changes and the Progression of Dementia

    As a dementia caregiver, I see Mum fading in and out of reality, sometimes recognizing the severity of her illness and other times not even realizing something is wrong. All I can do is go through the motions with her.

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  • Constructs of Reality and Dementia

    As Mum’s memory fades, the realities of her everyday life seem to go as well. It’s like acting in a strange play with half of the cues missing.

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  • Navigating Dementia is Hard Stuff

    For the last ten years, Mum and I have been navigating a different kind of relationship. Things turn into a kind of dance with dementia, and sometimes it’s awfully hard.

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