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Caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer's disease often requires a great deal of time and patience, and it can cause great stress to the caregiver.

Both illnesses lead to symptoms of serious changes in memory, personality and behavior. For some it often ends up with the afflicted needing total care, 24 hours per day. This can be emotionally and physically demanding for a family caregiver, a grown child taking care of her/his parent, or a spouse caring for his/her lifelong partner.

Understanding these conditions can help. In addition to learning more about your loved one's disease through the resources here at CaregiverStress.com, you can take advantage of free family caregiver Alzheimer's training opportunities at HelpForAlzheimersFamilies.com, which include an interactive Alzheimer's e-learning course, and in-person training classes. The unique approach to care that you'll learn through these training opportunities is based on the Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementia CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and EducationSM Training program that professional Home Instead CAREGivers receive.

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5 Key Steps to Alzheimer’s End of Life Planning

End of life planning for individuals with Alzheimer's or other dementias involves many important discussions and key steps that you should begin to consider as soon as your loved one receives the diagnosis.

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Senior Cognitive Issues - Family Caregiver Webinar

In this webinar, Dr. Amy D'Aprix discusses senior cognitive issues. 35.6 million people will have dementia in 2012, rising to 65.7 million cases by 2030. Dr. Amy talks about how physical, mental, and social activities are essential coping strategies.

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Practical Alzheimer's Solutions (1 of 6)

Dealing with loved ones who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer's Disease can be challenging. This video will offer some tips on talking with your loved ones, and some changes that may be necessary to help them (and you) lead the fullest life possible.

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Alzheimer's and Dementia Basics - Practical Alzheimer's Solutions (2 of 6)

The 3 stages of dementia - early, middle, and late - offer unique challenges to family and caregivers. The stages, types, and symptoms of dementia are explained in this video for viewers and caregivers facing these challenges in their family.

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Alzheimer's Diagnosis Concerns - Practical Alzheimer's Solutions (3 of 6)

Learning that a loved one has been with Alzheimer's Disease can be an emotional challenge. Being honest - and sharing the truth - about the diagnosis with your loved one can sometimes be comforting, because it can explain symptoms such as forgetfulness and memory loss.

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How to Manage Frustrating Alzheimer's Symptoms - Practical Alzheimer's Solutions (4 of 6)

Managing the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease can be quite a challenge. A common symptom of Alzheimer's suffers is their propensity to say "no". Changes in the brain found in people with dementia can make it hard for them to understand what they are being asked. Try using some of the tips in this video to manage anger, frustration, and help turn a "no" into a "yes".

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Managing Alzheimer's Delusions and Wandering - Practical Alzheimer's Solutions (5 of 6)

Delusions and wandering are issues commonly associated with dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. Delusions may include accusations of theft and paranoia. Wandering can be especially frightening. This video discusses some tips and strategies to minimize and plan around these two challenging aspects of dementia.

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Alzheimer's Caregiver Concerns - Practical Alzheimer's Solutions (6 of 6)

Common concerns held by caregivers who have loved ones diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease or dementia include the financial costs associated with care and the physical toll it takes on their loved ones. This video discusses resources and strategies caregivers can look into to help with care of their loved ones.

Home Instead Alzheimer's CARE program featured on National Public Radio

On Tuesday, January 8, All Things Considered on National Public Radio aired a story featuring the Home Instead Senior Care Alzheimer’s CARE training program. As part of the story, reporter Ina Jaffe attended a family caregiver workshop hosted by John Moser, franchise owner in the Los Angeles area.

All Things Considered is the fourth largest radio program in America with more than 11 million listeners per week.

4 Essential Resources for Your Alzheimer’s Toolkit

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