alzheimers

Journey to a Diagnosis

Getting to a PCA Alzheimer’s diagnosis was a years-long, multi-doctor, multi-facility, exercise in frustration. I’ve, unfortunately, come to the realization that this is not uncommon.

Older adult woman sorting a basket of laundry

LIVING WITH DEMENTIA

For people living with dementia, finding and engaging in meaningful activities can provide a sense of purpose, cognitive stimulation, comfort, and an opportunity to remain connected with others.

Live and Learn

In my first blog entry I told you I have posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) Alzheimer’s. PCA affects the back part of the brain. This part of the brain is responsible, in part, for interpreting signals from the eyes.

Couple Enjoying the Holidays

HOLIDAY TIPS FOR CAREGIVERS

The holiday season is a wonderful time of the year, but for caregivers it often comes with additional tasks and extra stress. Instead of peace and laughter, the season can be filled with tension and guilt. Read on for tips and tricks that can help ensure your holidays are filled with less stress and more joy.

Nutrition with Dementia

NUTRITION, MEALTIMES, and DEMENTIA

Research conclusively reports that good nutrition and hydration for people with dementia is important in maintaining cognitive function as well as other bodily functions – furthermore, poor nutrition may exacerbate behavioral symptoms and cause weight loss.

Self-care isn't selfish

Self-Care for Caregivers

Taking care of oneself isn’t a new concept. However, the term “self-care” changes the obvious concept and turns it into something intentional. It means taking the time to do things that help you live well and improve both your physical health and mental health.

Older adult woman doing yog

LIFE LONGEVITY – INFLUENCING FACTORS

When it comes to living longer, there are several factors at play. Here’s the big secret, though: the ultimate goal that contributes to achieving longevity is reducing stress. Yep, stress reduction is like an umbrella that covers all the other factors.

Husband and Caregiver Wife

RECOGNIZING WHEN HELP IS NEEDED

As people become older, the amount of help needed often increases. Sometimes, the amount of support needed becomes more than a caregiver can handle, or is capable of providing. It is during these times that it is important to remember that it’s ok to ask for help.