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Care Planning Essential to Dementia Care

Following diagnosis, care planning is the first step in the journey of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Care planning with the physician is crucial to quality of care for the patient. The Alzheimer’s patients and families learn about the disease, anticipated changes in behavior, and proper medication management. In addition to these medical related issues families […]

In Your Opinion: Helpline a lifeline for Alzheimer’s caregivers

While the holiday season is a joyous time for many families, they can be challenging for the 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and the more than 16 million Americans providing care to them. As a caregiver to my mother, I can speak to how demanding the role can be at any time of the […]

The Alzheimer crisis affects more than six billion people and their families

Americans today are faced with an overwhelming and unprecedented health crisis: Alzheimer’s Disease and related diseases.

A new patient develops Alzheimer’s every 65 seconds, and with the rate of disease expected to triple within the next generation, it is evident that preventative action must be taken to alleviate the possible effects […]


Adult children who have one parent with dementia and the other as the caregivershould consider what is in the best interest of each parent when planning events. For example, while children might long to visit their parents with their families on one special day for the sake of tradition, that might be the last thing […]

OTHER VIEWS: Alzheimer’s Association offers help to caregivers, families in tough times

Alzheimer’s and forms of dementia are truly cruel diseases.

They rob people of their mental functions and memories. As of now, there is no cure, and only limited means to slow the progression of the diseases.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers can undergo personality changes, in some cases becoming violent. And, the people suffering from dementia […]

Alzheimer Disease: Disclosing A Diagnosis

The other thing that the Alzheimer’s Association guidelines for best practices is going to address is care through a multidisciplinary group, and that includes the primary care setting, specialty, and subspecialty. But something that’s common to all of us is, how do we discuss and disclose the diagnosis? How do you set that up, and […]

Helping Dementia Patients Engage

An office phone rings. A woman sits at a desk, surrounded by papers. She leans forward and reaches out to answer. She is the development officer, and handles all the professional fundraising for a national medical relief organization.

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3 tips for holiday travel with loved ones who have Alzheimer’s, dementia

The holidays are all about spending time with family and if you have a loved one in your family who is suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s that time together is never more important. Traveling with them for the holidays may be difficult, but advocates encourage you not to let the challenges hold you back.

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Ohio bill would require cops to be trained on interacting with people with dementia

Would-be cops would get at least two hours of instruction on how to interact with dementia patients in peace officer training school, under a bipartisan, newly introduced Ohio House bill.

House Bill 441 comes as Ohio is on the brink of a demographic shift. Seniors are expected to outnumber those 18 […]

With Dementia Patients, Who Cares For the Caregivers During the Holidays?

Family caregivers and people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease are at risk for increased stress during the holidays – but holiday visits can be a joyous time with adjusted expectations and careful planning.

Mary Catherine Lundquist – program director of Care2Caregivers, a peer counseling helpline (800-424-2494) for caregivers of people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease […]