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Caregiving involves many challenges and changes, but the most difficult may be when a loved one with dementia becomes physically aggressive. This doesn’t always happen, but as many individuals with Alzheimer’s progress into the middle stages of the disease, behavioral problems such as aggression do surface.

Care Coordination: Keeping Everyone on the Same Page

Published: 03/15/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Caregiving

Keeping everyone on the same page, especially as the individual’s health status can change dramatically and often in a 24-hour period, requires a tremendous amount of coordination and clear communication.

Preparing Your Home for Caregiving

Published: 05/04/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Caregiving

Decision to move Dad into your home (or move into his): check. Application for Medicare home health benefits submitted, Family Portal care management account created, important paperwork organized: check, check and check.

Eight Hospice Tips for Caregivers

Published: 12/27/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Caregiving

Hospice is one of those words that people say quietly, afraid that by saying it too loud, we might call forth its need. Yet hospice is nothing to be afraid of in the world of caregiving. In fact, hospice is an underutilized service that can bring comfort and compassion to your loved one and your whole family. It can be a source of emotional support during a very difficult time.

Now and then, you forget where you left your keys. Occasionally, you inadvertently place the milk in the pantry and the cereal in the fridge, and overlook that cup of coffee you reheated in the microwave.

White Lies and Alzheimer’s Disease

Published: 11/16/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Alzheimer’s

Caregivers often wonder whether it's wrong to lie to people with Alzheimer’s disease when trying to convince their loved ones of the truth just isn't working. While telling a white lie might work better, caregivers often feel guilty doing so. This is a perfectly normal way to feel, considering that we’ve been taught all our lives that lying is wrong.

Financial Assistance Programs for Caregivers

Published: 05/01/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Caregiving

Caregiving is a balancing act. Plus, if you still have children at home, a spouse/partner, grandchildren, friends, a job, and a house to maintain (not to mention hobbies and volunteer commitments), you’re likely to find yourself stretched in too many directions -- and consequently, stressed.

The A-B-C Approach to Managing Alzheimer’s Behaviors

Published: 08/23/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Alzheimer’s

Fortunately, the support group members had recently learned about the A-B-C method of managing Alzheimer’s behaviors. While Alzheimer’s is complicated, this method can help make understanding and responding to challenging behaviors more straightforward.

Hospital Professionals and Their Roles: A Glossary

Published: 09/17/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Caregiving

If you’ve ever taken your loved one to the hospital, these visits are difficult enough without having to keep track of the myriad professionals interacting with you and your family member. To make things a little easier, here’s a glossary explaining the different titles and roles of those working in a hospital setting:

What Are the Best Cities for Successful Aging?

Published: 08/23/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Caregiving

What does the phrase “successful aging” mean to you? There are really a couple of ways to view this concept. One way is to consider successful aging as an individual endeavor – in other words, people are responsible for their own successful aging by taking care of themselves throughout their lives and into their older years.