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‘A whole new kind of tired’: Pandemic leaves many unpaid caregivers without help

Susan Larder’s life is not her own. She eats, sleeps and relaxes when her mother, Bea, does.

Larder moved from her home to her mother’s home six years ago to provide care as Bea’s dementia worsened.

With assistance from her partner, Larder helps her mother get dressed. She makes sure her mother’s teeth are clean.

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Hospice uses robotic animals to comfort lonely patients

To help ward off some of the isolation and loneliness elderly dementia patients in hospice care have been experiencing during the pandemic, workers at one organization have come up with a creative idea: robotic animals to bring them comfort.

Although live therapy animals have been used in hospitals and care facilities for quite some time, […]

Free Understanding Dementia online course, top rated on Class Central, praised by participants

Kim Wilson believes that if she had known how to recognise the signs of dementia earlier it would have made her family’s experience easier.

She recently participated in an internationally recognised massive open online course (MOOC) that is offered free around the world by the University of Tasmania’s Wicking Institute for Dementia Research […]

Lockdown and dementia: for some, COVID-19 has created an isolated, confusing but calmer world

The approximately 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK have been badly affected by COVID-19. Many live in care homes, which have arguably been hit hardest by the pandemic, experiencing a heavy death toll during the first wave.

The pandemic has also caused significant global disruption, affecting people’s daily lives, mental health and wellbeing. […]

COVID Vaccine Advised for Alzheimer’s Patients, Their Caregivers

All Alzheimer’s disease patients and their family caregivers should be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America says.

“Getting vaccinated is one of the most important steps families affected by Alzheimer’s disease can take to protect themselves and their loved ones,” said Dr. J. Wesson Ashford, chair of the foundation’s medical, scientific and memory […]

‘She would just cry:’ Pandemic isolation takes sad toll on Aurora mom with Alzheimer’s

Outside her mom’s Aurora retirement home room during last spring’s first COVID-19 pandemic wave, Kerri Thompson would stand with cellphone in hand, gesturing through the window as she tried in vain to get her mother to answer her ringing phone inside.

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Alzheimers Q&A: What is adult guardianship?

When an individual cannot make important decisions for himself or herself, a judge appoints someone called the conservator or guardian to make decisions. The conservator has the legal backing of the court in all decisions, including finances, medical and personal care.

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Alzheimer’s Association to host statewide dementia workshop series in Feburary

In the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease, families face new questions as they adjust. This virtual three-part series, “Navigating a Dementia Diagnosis” provides practical answers to the questions that arise in the early stage. Attendees will hear from experts, those directly affected, and learn what can be done to cope with the changes that come […]

Caring for Elderly Parents: Can They Live Safely at Home?

When you envision your “golden years,” what do you see? Are you living independently, being active, and enjoying life? Or do you worry that you’ll struggle with declining health and physical limitations? For many seniors, reality falls somewhere in between. Perhaps you see that in your own aging parents.

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New study to examine the role of extended family caregivers of people with dementia

Karen Roberto and Tina Savla, both core faculty members of Virginia Tech’s Center for Gerontology, are leading a five-year, $2.14 million study that will examine the role of extended family caregivers and their service use, needs, and challenges.

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