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My parents are fighting for my attention

Question: I'm the caregiver for both of my parents but recently had to put my mom in a nursing home. Now they are both fighting for my attention. How do I deal with this? Dr. Amy: You have had a lot on your plate caring for both your parents. If you are like many caregivers,… read more

How long must she suffer?

Question: My mum has had vascular dementia for the last nine years. She can't walk or remember who I am. She had her first stroke at the age of 47 and is now only 71. The doctor showed us that the disease is attacking all parts of the brain not just one area. She has… read more

Is it dementia or Alzheimer's?

Question:  Please explain the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's. Does dementia progress into Alzheimer's? Dr. Amy: I am asked this question a lot when I speak about memory loss and cognitive impairment. I know it can be confusing. In a nutshell: Dementia is not a disease It is a general term to describe a set of… read more

Is my husband's confusion normal?

Question: My husband is 71 and he has become very confused this last year. He was trying to plan a trip and could not understand the calendar. Should I be alarmed? He asks me over and over about things we are to do. He can't remember when we go to church and other things we… read more

What's OK, what's not OK in caregiving work?

Question: I am a caregiver and I work for an agency whose clients are quite special. Clients ask me to clean the garage, do gardening, bath the dog, clean up the dog’s poop, cook for family members, prepare for a yard sale, and do the packing when a client is moving. I do the shopping… read more

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