Category: Caregivers and Families

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If you ask an older adult which decade of their life has been the best so far, they’ll probably say their sixties. Most adults in their sixties are in good health, don’t have any children or parents to care for, and have the time and money to travel. So what’s one thing still tying you …

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Is Mom having a hard time finding her words lately? Are there unopened bills piling up on the dining room table? Have you noticed several dents and scratches on Dad’s normally pristine car? What about an unusually untidy house, severe mood swings or sudden weight change? When our loved ones start showing symptoms of dementia, …

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While the holidays are a busy and stressful time, it is especially so for families who have a loved one with dementia. The key to enjoying family gatherings is to plan ahead and have reasonable expectations. Mara Botonis, author of “When Caring Takes Courage,” offers a helpful guide on how to make the holidays enjoyable …

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Therapeutic fibbing, or white lies, can be a very effective technique for decreasing anxiety in people with dementia. Because their brains are damaged and no longer function like a healthy brain, those with cognitive impairment live in an altered reality, though very real to them. When dementia causes a person to forget that they no …

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