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When clients hire family caregivers, be careful, advisors warn

Marguerita Cheng wishes more people would think like her late client. At 78, while still traveling to Europe and doing consulting projects, the client huddled with her daughters to plan for when she would get older and need care.

She and her “two girls” — a social worker and a nurse — decided to […]

Caring for a Loved One – The Dementia Experience

Washington County Public Health and Environment and Woodbury Thrives are hosting a presentation on caring for a loved one with dementia 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at the Central Park Amphitheater.

Angela Lunde, an associate of neurology from the Mayo Clinic, will present Caring for a Loved One – The Dementia Experience. Professionals […]

COMMENTARY: How do I know if I’m a caregiver?

So often I meet people in the community who start to tell their story and when I say, “You do know you are a caregiver, right?” they will often disagree and say that “I am doing what any good husband/wife/child would do in this situation.”

So here is what the definition of a […]

Elder reluctant to try in-home caregiving, but help is necessary

Dear Carol: Mom had a stroke two years ago and Dad provides her care. She’s had health issues for over 10 years so he’s actually been a caregiver for a long time. Now, Mom’s developed vascular dementia. I don’t think she’s ready for a nursing home, but I do feel that Dad is risking […]

Caregiver Connection’s guide to Alzheimer’s care for your loved one

Receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be devastating and leaves you with more questions than answers. You are probably wondering about Alzheimer’s care, treatments, and what the future holds. There are so many things you need to know, it is difficult to figure out where to start. As they say, knowledge is power. Although you can’t […]

Synthetic marijuana, bright lights could help dementia patients

Synthetic marijuana and brighter lights could help improve the lives of people with dementia, according to new research presented Tuesday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Chicago.

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are best known for the breakdown in cognitive abilities. But a host of other symptoms — including agitation, anxiety, depression, and insomnia […]

Women’s reproductive history may factor into Alzheimer’s risk

When asking why more women than men have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia – nearly two-thirds of Americans with the disease are women – the prevailing explanation has been that women live longer and that it is a disease associated with aging.

But scientists at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Chicago on Monday said it […]

5 Surprising Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Alzheimer’s Drug Pipelines

Alzheimer’s disease ranks as the No. 6 cause of death in the U.S. However, some estimates suggest that the disease should be ranked as the third-leading cause of death among older Americans, trailing only heart disease and cancer.

There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. And there are only a few approved treatments. Over […]

Support circle: Family caregivers share Alzheimer’s toll

Vicki Bartholomew started a support group for wives who are caring for a husband with Alzheimer’s disease because she needed that sort of group herself.

They meet every month in a conference room at a new memory-care facility in Nashville called Abe’s Garden, where Bartholomew’s husband was one of the first residents — a Vietnam […]

Writer describes life as Alzheimer’s Disease caregiver

Sandra Savell still remembers the first time her mother didn’t know who she was.

Savell went on an annual trip to Fripp Island during the winter with her friends. When she returned home after her week-long vacation, her mother, who lived with her, aggressively insisted she needed to leave the house.

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