The Memory Lane

5 minute self-care for busy caregivers

Carmen Buck April 5, 2018
“Carmen, I have a hard time hearing, ‘You need to take better care of yourself’ when I’m already feeling overwhelmed,” my patients would say. At this point, I would put d...

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4 Tips for improving communication with loved ones who have Alzheimer's

Michelle Seitzer March 29, 2018
Imagine the stress of losing the words and names that once came so quickly and naturally to you. Then imagine the stress of people constantly asking you, “Don’t you remember?” with a...

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My Mom just moved to Assisted Living -am I still a caregiver?

Donna Thomson March 29, 2018
As caregivers, our roles can easily become our identities. So how does a dependent loved one’s move out of the home affect us? Are we still caregivers? What will our new role be and how will we ...

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Aromatherapy and dementia sufferers

Terri Anderson March 29, 2018
As caregivers, we want to do what we can to avoid using drugs until it’s necessary to help our loved ones who sufferers from a form of dementia. An alternative therapy that has been used for cen...

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5 new rules for dementia caregiving

Kathryn Harrison March 29, 2018
Only a few months after my son was born, we received the diagnosis of my mom’s early onset dementia. Mom was 62. It wasn’t a big surprise as she had been demonstrating many symptoms for mo...

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Nobody taught me how to grieve

Karen Malena March 23, 2018
Out of the many gems I learned from having a dementia coach, the one thing they cannot prepare you for is how to grieve. And grief comes in many forms and at many different moments. For me, and I b...

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7 things needed when caring for a loved one after a Stroke

Julie Gilbert March 23, 2018
Each year in the United States 795,000 people suffer strokes. Stroke is the leading cause of serious long-term disability in the U.S. Many of these survivors will need long-term rehabilitation to over...

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Off my radar and missing the clues. A positive or a negative?

Vicki Tapia March 22, 2018
Clue # 1 The first big clue I overlooked that something dreadful had begun to invade Mom's brain came in the shape of a computer. My niece had purchased a new computer and offered to send her o...

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Enhancing Caregiver health to find balance and well-being

Lisa Marie Chirico March 21, 2018
They say hindsight is 20/20 and it's true. I wish that I could turn back the clock and take the advice I have now for caregivers. What I am highlighting is the importance of taking good care of ev...

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Why you should consider cooking without heated oils

Susan Landeis March 14, 2018
People have gotten used to cooking with oil for decades, and most people have never even considered the idea of cooking without it. Whether you are baking, roasting, sautéing, or grilling, most...

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Relationships and caregiving

Kim Shea March 7, 2018
When my son was completing seventh grade, his first year at his new middle school, the school held an awards ceremony. I didn't know much about the event but I planned to attend. Unfortunately, I ...

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A journey with Alzheimer's

Caron Leid March 6, 2018
In the year 2000 at the age of 30, I gave birth to my son and my mother who was residing in Trinidad at the time came to help me with her grandson. Shortly after noticing a few uncharacteristic things...

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12 tips to encourage your Alzheimer's patient to eat

Barbara Cohn February 13, 2018
It seems that ice cream is the favorite food of most Alzheimer's patients. It was certainly my husband's. Sometimes it was the only thing that he found appealing. It's no wonder: ice cream...

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Becoming a Care Partner. And surviving the journey

Lisa B. Capp February 8, 2018
Many ask about the progression of dementia and Alzheimer's – what are the "stages" of the disease for those diagnosed? Care Partners also experience a journey that plays out in stages whil...

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Vitamin B-12 deficiency and seniors

Susan Landeis February 7, 2018
As caregivers, we consider our loved one's health a top priority. We all know how important vitamins are for maintaining wellness. But what happens when we fall short? Vitamin deficiencies can me...

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Communicating with a Loved One that is Suffering from Dementia

Terri Anderson February 7, 2018
Caregivers, you know how it is right? As your loved one's dementia progresses, it becomes increasingly more difficult to communicate with them. It's downright painful. You are probably dealing with ...

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Forgetfulness vs dementia

Karen Miller February 6, 2018
Holy Cow! I'm confused is it normal forgetfulness or dementia? Forgetting things occasionally is a part life; forgetfulness comes with age. So how can aging adults tell if they are experiencing th...

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Spouse denial of dementia

Ellen Smith February 5, 2018
If there's one thing I wish I could tell every single soul on Earth that are struggling right now, it would be this: it's okay to grieve. It's okay to grieve even when it's messy. It's oka...

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Understanding Alzheimer's wandering and solutions

Joy Johnston February 5, 2018
Alzheimer's wandering is frightening and frustrating for caregivers, so it's important to find ways to redirect this potentially life-threatening behavior. My father had several episodes of wand...

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5 Family caregivers share the 5 gifts of respite

Michelle Seitzer February 2, 2018
Imagine if you never went to sleep for two weeks straight. No naps during the day, just two weeks of being wide awake 24–7. Now, imagine you followed this pattern for two months, and eventuall...

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