Category: Family Caregiver

Challenging Behaviors

My husband has been a challenge to me.  He has dementia (since 1998), but the cause has not been identified by doctors yet.  He seems to be depressed and takes medication for this, yet his depression symptoms are getting worse.  He wants to lie in bed and/or sleep day and night.  He does not want to […]

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Vulnerability

Bonnie, I have been a faithful partner to my spouse for over 55 years.  For the last 5 years, she has had Alzheimer’s disease.  I feel like I have lost my wife to the disease.  Our relationship is gone.  I’m just her caregiver.  I have found a new woman who makes me feel alive and […]

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Holidays and Loved Ones with Dementia

I love the holidays; don’t you?  They are a time when family and friends often come together. But for families living with loved ones who have dementia, the holidays can be tiring and stressful.  With some planning and adjusted expectations, your celebrations can still be happy, memorable occasions.  Some suggestions include preparing the guests, adjusting […]

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Senior Moment or Dementia?

Has This Ever Happened To You?  The car keys go missing; you can’t retrieve a once-familiar name, you’ve forgotten a phone number, or you walk into a room with a purpose–and then forget why. In many ways, our memories shape who a person is; they make up our internal biographies–the stories we tell ourselves about […]

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Age-Related Memory Loss

Age-Related Memory Loss Has This Ever Happened To You? The car keys go missing You can’t retrieve a once-familiar name or you’ve forgotten a phone number You walk into a room with a purpose and then forget why?   In many ways, our memories shape who we are.  They make up our internal biographies…the stories […]

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Benefits of Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation is good for people of any age. The techniques help us relax by slowing down our heart rate.  It releases physical tension.  It gives us a sense of having a break from stress for a few minutes and afterward we have a much calmer mood. Typical techniques are especially good for prime family caregivers […]

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You’re In Charge

We all feel invincible.  Nothing bad happens to me… I’m going to live my life being relatively healthy.  Then one day I’m going to go to sleep and that will be the end of my life.  That is a lovely fairy tale.  Very few people have that privilege.  Yet we don’t plan ahead for our […]

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