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Say "No" by Saying "Yes" to Something Else

Say "No" by Saying "Yes" to Something Else

Saying "no" with grace and honesty can be challenging. Sometimes our fear of ending a conversation awkwardly or letting a friend or relative down can nudge us into saying "yes" to things that are difficult for us. For caregivers, saying "no" can...
Posted 06/05/2019
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When You Can’t Put Your Own Oxygen Mask On First

When You Can’t Put Your Own Oxygen Mask On First

How being a caregiver has affected my life—this topic alone covers so much.I was a licensed practical nurse (LPN) who traveled after working in hospitals and home-care facilities. As a "local" traveling nurse I went to homes very much in the...
Posted 05/23/2019
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When You Miss the Person Sitting Right Next to You

When You Miss the Person Sitting Right Next to You

I wish I would have gotten to know my aunt better before her onset of Alzheimer's.There are so many questions I wish I could have asked her before she lost her memory. She is 99 years old and will be 100 on Christmas Eve. My mom died when I was...
Posted 05/12/2019
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Are You Afraid To Say No?

Are You Afraid To Say No?

Yes. No. I mean – maybe? Well, okay. Have you ever wanted to be able to say "no" without feeling guilty? Without feeling you're letting someone down? Many of us struggle with disappointing anyone with a 'no.' At the same time, those two letters,...
Posted 05/01/2019
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What Sandra Day O'Connor's Alzheimer's Diagnosis Does for the Rest of Us

What Sandra Day O'Connor's Alzheimer's Diagnosis Does for the Rest of Us

When retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor revealed she had dementia in late 2018, a wave of empathy and validation washed over the Alzheimer's community. “Wow. Even her, too?”Three things happen for us and the people we care for...
Posted 04/23/2019
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Dementia May Strike Differently, Depending on Race

Dementia May Strike Differently, Depending on Race

By Dennis Thompson, HealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Dementia appears to strike people of different races in different ways, brain autopsies have revealed.Hispanic and black people are more likely to suffer from...
Posted 03/14/2019
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Fall Prevention and Alzheimer's

Fall Prevention and Alzheimer's

Avoiding falls and staying safe at home can help our loved ones with Alzheimer's maintain mobility and comfort at home. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, including declining eyesight, poor muscle tone or balance, medication side effects,...
Posted 03/08/2019
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Hypersexuality and Alzheimer's

Hypersexuality and Alzheimer's

Hypersexuality is an Alzheimer's symptom that can be uncomfortable to talk about. It can be embarrassing when our loved ones begin to make inappropriate comments want to spend time with themselves or show an interest in sexual intimacy. These...
Posted 03/01/2019
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What Makes for a Good Nursing Home?

What Makes for a Good Nursing Home?

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Families of nursing home residents are more likely to be satisfied with facilities that have higher staffing levels and are nonprofits, a new study finds."The findings...
Posted 02/14/2019
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Key Strategies When Caring for a Loved One With Dementia

Key Strategies When Caring for a Loved One With Dementia

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay ReporterSUNDAY, Nov. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or other types of dementia should focus on four main safety issues, an expert says.Nearly 6 million Americans have...
Posted 12/20/2018
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