Three Experienced Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers Share Their Stories and Lessons

Three caregivers of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients were asked what “best lessons” they would share with a friend or colleague who is new to Alzheimer’s or dementia caregiving. Here are their responses. Eileen and Marie: Two Caregivers at Two Different Stages Eileen—Years of Grieving. Then Respite. Then Clarity. Eileen’s husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s four years…

Inspiring tips for Alzheimer’s caregivers

When my husband first received a tentative diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, I initially felt detached and numb. Could this really be happening to us? He’d been forgetting more than was average for someone in their early 70s, yet I felt mainly disbelief. In the months that followed, my family and I experienced a wide range of…

5 Caregivers Share 11 Tips for Looking After Someone With Alzheimer’s

An Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis isn’t just devastating for the person with the condition. Many people will end up serving as caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer’s, which can be incredibly distressing, isolating, and life-altering. We spoke with several Alzheimer’s caregivers for their best advice on how to look after someone with the disease—and how to care for…

6 Helpful Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

EDUCATION & RESEARCH A doctor shares critical pieces of information for the millions of caregivers in the United States working to support a loved one with the disease. There are over 16 million Alzheimer’s caregivers in the United States, providing over $18 billion dollars a year in unpaid assistance. Still, the burden is more than financial. Caregivers face…

ShareTheOrange: Bryan Cranston Speaks out on Alzheimer’s and the Power of Caregivers

ADVOCACY As part of #ShareTheOrange, actor Bryan Cranston speaks out about Alzheimer’s, the incurable disease which took his mother’s life 14 years ago. As part of an awareness campaign with Alzheimer’s Research U.K., “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston sactor in an emotional video likening the effect of Alzheimer’s on the brain to an orange. Alzheimer’s is…

5 Steps Every Alzheimer’s Caregiver Should Follow

ADVOCACY Receiving news that your loved one has dementia is difficult, but you are not alone. Use this guide to navigate through the challenges ahead of you. Successful caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s requires tactful planning. AARP provides a variety of tips and tools to help. For even more tips, visit AARP.org/caregiving/care-guides 1. Confirm your…

Falls in Dementia: Root Cause Analysis and Interventions

Prevent Falls by Determining the Real Reason Why They Happen Determining the Root Cause of Falls When people with Alzheimer’s or another kind of dementia fall, it’s important that we spend time to determine the root cause for that fall. This process is called root cause analysis. Root cause analysis means to dig deep and attempt to determine the underlying…

Beware These Causes Tied To Raised Risk of Death In Alzheimer’s Disease Patients

Here’s a Look At How Alzheimer’s Disease kills. How does Alzheimer’s disease lead to a person’s death? Alzheimer’s disease destroys nerve connections in the brain,  making it progressively more difficult to do ordinary things like move around, swallow and feed yourself. While the disease devastates the brain, it does not kill you. Complications of the decline…

Before Dementia Sets in, Your Body Will Give You These 4 Early Warning Signs

When people think of dementia, memory loss is often the first thing they associate with the condition. Some of dementia’s less obvious signs are just as common but may be mistakenly dismissed for “old age” or something else. However, the brain can be a tricky thing. The way mental changes manifest can differ from person to person,…

Alzheimer Symptoms That People Might Be Still Ignoring Cause Harm

Scientists continue to unravel the complex brain changes involved in the onset and progression of Alzheimer disease. It seems likely that damage to the brain starts a decade or more before memory and other cognitive problems appear. During this preclinical stage of Alzheimer disease, people seem to be symptom-free, but toxic changes are taking place…