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Month: June 2016

Caregiving Can’t Be a Lone Sport

Caregiving Can’t Be a Lone Sport

“I can do it alone.”  I’ve often heard this from caregivers.  They think they can do it all alone. However, we can’t! I recently heard a story from a woman that had a stroke in her early 20s.  Her husband insisted on caring for her by himself for the next twenty years.  He refused to accept help from anyone.  Now they are divorced and to receive the care she needs, she is in a nursing facility. Remember: Caregivers cannot carry the…

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9 Ways Alzheimer’s Changes Our Loved Ones

9 Ways Alzheimer’s Changes Our Loved Ones

The diagnosis of dementia and Alzheimer’s means the change in our lives as we know it. Often the change is slow and other times it is rapid. However, the one thing that is for sure is that Alzheimer’s changes our loved ones. Our loves one may now be more: agitated easily flustered react differently may express anger may show out may withdrawal into self lose interest in previous hobbies and activities personality change becomes more fixated on things What changes…

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10 Benefits of Hospice

10 Benefits of Hospice

      Recently, I’ve learned of several families that placed a loved one in hospice. This is never an easy decision. There’s no easy way to prepare for this. However, I’ve worked with hospice on numerous occasion. Some of the benefits of hospice are: Helps in decision making Offers support groups Offers spiritual support Certified and knowledgeable workers in the end of life stages Provides knowledgeable feedback Oversees the final preparations {such as contacting mortuary, having death certificate issued,…

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Acceptance of an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Acceptance of an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

I’ve worked with many families that have a loved one with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Often I see a struggle to accept the diagnosis. This happens in a variety of ways: Mental block Inability to accept changes Lack of knowledge about the disease Belief loved one will be healed Denial   Often you hear the saying that when you have a loved one with dementia you “mourn the loss of them now, to mourn the loss of them all over again…

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