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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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Laid Back Socially Active Adults Do Best In Senior Years

A laid back personality can prevent stress from taking its toll on an older adult. Now there is evidence that relaxed personalities may have a lower risk of dementia, too. Make sure your senior is doing everything he or she can to stay active, even if it means hiring companionship help.

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Managing Family Care for Alzheimer's Patients (1 of 6)

Laurie Owen from Home Instead talks about how families can care for their loved ones who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.

Caring for a Loved One with Dementia or Alzheimer's Disease

Caring for a Loved One with Dementia or Alzheimer's Disease

Many family caregivers presently care for a parent or spouse who is suffering from some form of dementia. In fact, the frequency of dementia increases with rising age from less than 2% for 65-69-year-olds...

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Using Past Memories to Comfort an Alzheimer's Patient: Managing Family Care for Alzheimer's Patients (2 of 6)

Laurie Owen from Home Instead talks about how to use your loved one's memories to provide comfort in the present.

Family gathering.

Creating Safe and Enjoyable Family Gatherings for Those Affected by Dementia

Whether it means crowding around the dining room table to devour platefuls of steaming roast, mashed potatoes and grandma’s famous green bean casserole, or sitting in the living room strewn with gift boxes, bows and wrapping paper, the holiday season is a special time for many families to gather together.

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