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Tips on Caring for Elders with Alzheimer's or Dementia

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5 Ways to Be a Healthy Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Caregiving is a labor of love, and love is about selflessness and sacrifice. Spouses give up so much for each other, parents constantly put their children’s needs before their own, and when those children become grown adults with aging parents, they want to return the love and care they received.

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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.

Real Caregivers Share their Top Solutions for Bath Time Challenges

Senior woman with Alzheimer's visits the hospital with her caregiver.

Alzheimer’s and Hospitalization: How to Ensure a Safe Hospital Visit for Someone with Dementia

Strangers asking a million questions, unfamiliar beeping noises, unpleasant smells, disorienting hallways and rooms that look nothing like home, feeling unwell or in pain…

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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.

Tell My Geo. One helpful GPS tool for people with Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer’s Wanderers and Caregivers Can Benefit From GPS Tools

Joann had dozed off for what seemed like just a few minutes when suddenly she jerked awake. Immediately she felt something was wrong. Her mother, Betty, was not asleep in the recliner like she was when Joann let her own eyes close.

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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".

Senior man with Alzheimer's. Stressed caregiver in background is not speaking to him.

How to Deal with Family Conflict Caused by Alzheimer’s

Sadly, an ill loved one is the number one trigger for family conflict, according to a study conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care® network. Coping with the reality of a loved one’s Alzheimer’s not only has its emotional difficulties, but logistical ones as well, especially in terms of decision-making and bearing the responsibility of caregiving.

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