Month: May 2014

What is the difference between Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia?

May 28th, 2014

This question is often posed to health care professionals in home, hospital and community settings.  The short answer is this: Dementia is a global term to describe a group of symptoms that include the loss of mental functions, such as …

Caregiving means becoming a care partner with health care professionals – Don’t leave it to the professionals to make decisions. Establish a team.

May 26th, 2014

The below post is an excerpt from my upcoming book.

Sam always had a great relationship with his father. Despite living relatively far apart, they managed to communicate regularly and visit with each other a few times each year. Despite …

Caregiver tips to address challenging behaviours from those suffering with Dementia

May 20th, 2014

Guest Post written by, Trish Felgar, Alzheimer’s Specialist

Throughout the last 15yrs working in the field of geriatrics, I have received countless inquiries from families having difficulty managing loved ones with memory loss. Specifically, families are overwhelmed with the aggression …

Working Caregivers challenges are more visible than ever. So now what?

May 5th, 2014

The challenges of caregiving and working full or part time are endless.  For the purpose of this post, I will speak to the challenges of working and caring for an aging relative.  As recently published in the 2014 National Study …

National Institute of Aging has various resources available on-line, in PDF and on the Kindle

May 2nd, 2014

Once again the National Institute of Aging has impressed me with their resources. They are continuously updating their resources and I find that they have everything that a family or individual could need. Visit this page  and you will see …

Tips for long distance caregivers

May 1st, 2014

As our parents age, it becomes harder and harder to feel secure that they are safe and healthy in their home. This becomes even more difficult if we do not live nearby and are unable to “pop in” to make …

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