Posts Tagged ‘Elder Care Advisor’

Transitioning From Partner To Alzheimer's Caregiver

Alzheimer’s: Transitioning From Partner to Caregiver

Most of us prefer to delay bad news. But, when it comes to Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), the earlier the diagnosis, the better — for the patient and the prospective caregiver. An early diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment/ First stage Alzheimer’s gives the patient some control. He or she can modify lifestyle — more exercise, less […]

Surviving The Holidays As An Alzheimer's Caregiver

Surviving the Holidays as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Humor can get you through the holidays. With three family members suffering Alzheimer’s, laughter has been essential. (Look, Grandpa can hide his own Easter eggs! Let’s just re-gift everything we gave him last year!). In all seriousness, being an Alzheimer’s caregiver around the holidays, populated with strange faces, blinking lights and open flames, can be […]


Music Therapy for Individuals With Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

A couple months ago there was a big buzz about a video circulating widely on the Internet. The video, called “Alive Inside,” showed a social worker giving an iPod filled with music to a nursing home resident. What ensued allowed viewers to witness the amazing power of music: Henry, the gentleman featured in the story, does indeed […]

Helping Alzheimer's Patients Stay Independent

Helping Those With Alzheimer’s Disease Stay Independent

A new study shows that caregivers may be unintentionally robbing those with Alzheimer’s of their independence and self-worth. According to a researcher at the University of Alberta, while caregivers — whether family members or professionals — may just want to help, they often take over tasks that the person with Alzheimer’s is more than capable […]


Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: Challenges for Caregivers

I learned about Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia during my medical school education when I was in my mid-twenties. At that time I didn’t have an appreciation for how challenging it is to live with or be a caregiver for someone with either of these diseases. After being in practice for 10 years and working with caregivers for […]


Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Smart Ways to Decrease Your Distress

Caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease typically suffer deeply when their loved ones are upset or agitated about something. But there is a way to reduce that emotional distress. It’s very simple. You just have to be aware that most people with cognitive impairment live only in the present (although they may maintain memories of […]

Caring For A Person With Alzheimer’s Disease

Caring For A Person With Alzheimer’s Disease Your Easy-to-Use Guide From the National Institute on Aging This guide is for people who care for family members or others with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) at home. Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease is a FREE 136-page eBook written by the professionals from the National Institute on Aging and […]

Memory Changes in Aging Brain are Normal

Some Memory Changes in Aging Brain are Normal

Dementia and its evil twin, Alzheimer’s, may have moved ahead of cancer on the list of most feared diseases, especially among baby boomers, who have begun to believe it is their inescapable fate if they have the bad luck to live too long. So we grasp at any news about aging, hoping that medical science […]