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7 Tips for Communicating with Someone Battling Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease slowly wears away one’s ability to function while engaging in routine activities. While some early indicators of the disease may disguise themselves, troubles with language and expression are unmistaken and noticeable. It becomes progressively more challenging for people with Alzheimer’s to convey how they feel as the disease runs its course. Additionally, each …

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Combating Alzheimer’s Risks: What Can You Control?

There’s no surefire way to predict who will develop Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Some of the risk factors are entirely out of our control, while others can be affected by our lifestyles and habits. Let’s take a look at what we can and can’t do to prevent Alzheimer’s. The most obvious risk factor for Alzheimer’s …

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A Mother’s Day Tribute to Caregivers

With Mother’s Day approaching I want to pay tribute to the 13 million women in the US who are living with Alzheimer’s disease either as a patient or a caregiver. The majority of these caregivers are daughters—but not only daughters: many of them are mothers themselves, and wives, and professionals. They are sandwiched between huge responsibilities. …

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Emotional Caregiving for Someone in the Early Stages of Dementia

When someone you love shows early signs of dementia, it’s emotionally overwhelming. And so, while there are countless practical details to consume your attention, it’s good to take some time to think about cognitive decline’s emotional side—both for your loved one and for you, the caregiver. Here are some general principles to keep in mind. …

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Staying Connected with Family Using Micro-Events

One of the hardest things about social distancing is that many of us have to stay away from our aging parents, disrupting the comforting routine of our visits. And so we call them or video chat with them instead, but it’s not quite the same as being there. This is especially challenging for families who …

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Celebrating Easter when Grandparents Are Safe but Distant

Holidays like Easter are usually the perfect time for families and close friends to come together. They’re all about connection: connection between people in the present, and connection, through traditions, with people in the past. These connections are all the more important for loved ones who have dementia. But this Easter, the theme seems to …

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Being There for a Loved One… When You Can’t Be There

It can be frightening and confusing to be separated from a family member during this coronavirus outbreak. Yet to protect those currently at most risk of complication from COVID-19, many of us have to keep our distance. In addition to following guidance from your doctors and the CDC, here are some additional tips I’ve found to …

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When Hope & Fear Meet Science

It’s impossible to live without unexpected, unwelcome and unwanted experiences. Life can be scary. Excess fear can extinguish hope and leave us paralyzed to act. Extreme hope can drive out fear and leave us complacent and unmotivated to act. How can we manage a balance between hope and fear when we face frightening realities and how can we leverage science to …

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