A woman sits with an older man at a dining table outdoors, trying to figure out what to expect in dementia.

What to Expect in Dementia: The Impact on All 5 Senses

When we think about what to expect in dementia, the first thing that typically springs to mind is the loss of memory. Cognitive decline is a hallmark effect of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, but there are so many other areas of life that are impacted as well. As a matter of fact, […]

Two women stand in the kitchen with cups of coffee, having hard conversations while caregiving.

Having Hard Conversations While Caregiving

Any time you dedicate so much time to caring for a senior member of the family, it is natural for other relationships to take a back seat. After all, there are only 24 hours in a day, and you can only spread yourself so thin. This may result in additional stress, misunderstandings, and hurt feelings. […]

A woman who knows how caregivers can prioritize privacy smiles as she reads a book and holds a cup of coffee in a sunny room.

How Caregivers Can Prioritize Privacy

Reflect back to your teenage years. Remember how important it was to find a safe place to be on your own, to shut out the world, turn the music up, and write your most secret thoughts in your diary? The desire for privacy that began then can become overshadowed when providing care for someone else. […]

An older gentleman is smiling and riding in a vintage vehicle, participating in a creative dementia therapy technique called reminiscence therapy.

This Creative Dementia Therapy Is Truly Life-Changing – and Fun!

Have you ever experienced that jolt of a distant memory that suddenly pops to the forefront of your mind, perhaps through a song, a scent, an image from the past? For those with Alzheimer’s disease, the strength of long-term memory is particularly impactful, as short-term memory weakens. And it’s what has sparked a growing trend […]

An older woman stands in the grocery store, leaning on her cart with a calm expression on her face.

Can You Handle Embarrassing Dementia Behaviors in Public?

Dementia is unpredictable, to say the least. It can transform a person’s mood, personality, and behaviors in the blink of an eye. When you’re at home caring for a person with dementia, these changes can be hard enough to manage. But what happens when embarrassing dementia behaviors arise when you are at a grocery store, […]

An older man is standing by the front door, shaking hands with a new caregiver as he welcomes her into his home.

New Caregiver Nervousness? Relax…These Tips Will Ensure a Smooth Transition to Care!

The big day has arrived: Dad’s first day with his new caregiver! If your family is similar to many, you might be feeling a variety of emotions: relief, uncertainty, and anxiety, to name a few. These emotions are typical and perfectly normal. A little advance preparation and planning for this important milestone can help ensure […]

Adult son and elderly father sit on a couch having a conversation.

How to Talk to Older Loved Ones About Aging Care

Maybe you remember having “the talk” with your parents about those cringeworthy pre-teen topics. If you thought that was uncomfortable, brace yourself for having to talk to older loved ones about aging care issues and concerns you are noticing at home! This is often very difficult, for several reasons: Your parents may resent what appears […]

A daughter holds hands with her elderly father who is experiencing dementia symptoms.

Why Are Your Loved One’s Dementia Symptoms Suddenly Getting Worse?

Wouldn’t it be helpful if there was an Alzheimer’s care manual, with step-by-step information on what to expect at each stage of the disease? While there are a few general commonalities during the progression of dementia, each person’s experience is different. This makes it difficult to know what to anticipate on any given day. Even […]

A female family caregiver sits on couch with knees pulled up and head buried in her arms on top of her knees.

Understanding the Red Flags of Caregiver PTSD

If you think PTSD only happens to individuals who have experienced life-threatening danger, think again. PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) can occur after any traumatic event or experience. It may surprise you to discover that providing care for a loved one is one of the main causes of PTSD. Nevertheless, the condition frequently goes undetected, and […]

Here’s What to Avoid During Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is, without a doubt, a potentially life-saving journey. However, during the process of destroying harmful cancer cells, noncancerous cells can be in the crossfire, leading to challenging side effects. The physician will offer guidelines on what cancer patients should do to minimize these effects, but it’s just as important to know what to avoid […]