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The Heartbreak and Hazards of Alzheimer’s Caregiving

Blog, KC Blog / By JCA / June 11, 2024

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by Dasha Kiper for Scientific American and the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative The vast majority of caregivers know full well that their spouses or parents are ill with Alzheimer’s, yet they still behave in ways they know are counterproductive: arguing, blaming, insisting on reality, and taking symptoms personally. Reasonableness is hardly our brain’s first priority. The …

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Caregiver Training: Wandering

KC Blog / By JCA / June 10, 2024

daughter and father having a discussion

from the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program This training video is from the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program Training series on Wandering (for those approaching or in the middle stages of dementia).  It’s a perfect topic to revisit during National Safety Month. Not every person who has dementia will wander but nearly everyone living …

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Aging in Place – The Role of Villages

Blog, KC Blog / By JCA / May 29, 2024

group of older adults enjoying a picnic

What is a Village? Villages are a local, volunteer-led, grassroots organizations that aim to support community members who choose to age-in-place.  They foster social connections through activities and events and coordinate volunteer help at home using neighbor helping neighbor model. There are close to 200 villages ​es in the nation and around fifty in the DC …

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The Hidden Costs of Unpaid Caregiving in America

Blog, KC Blog / By JCA / May 2, 2024

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from CBS Mornings, by Lisa Ling, Analisa Novak, Shannon Luibrand Across the United States, an estimated 53 million people are unpaid caregivers, many of whom, like Ty Lewis, are part of the “sandwich generation” — simultaneously raising children and caring for aging parents. Lewis, a social media influencer, sought support from her followers by sharing her experiences …

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Webinar: Sepsis: Know the Signs & Save Lives!

Blog, KC Blog / By JCA / April 22, 2024

illustration of a woman with a fever

Did you know sepsis is a life-threatening condition that can strike anyone, anywhere? Join us for live and interactive discussion to learn everything from the warning signs to prevention strategies. Real-Life Stories Critical signs/symptoms Open Q&A Apr 24, 2024 12:00 PM A Positive Aging program with Brooke DeSantis, Love for Lochlin Foundation and Jackie Duda, …

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UTIs and Sudden Behavior Changes

KC Blog / By JCA / April 16, 2024

doctor uses table to explain to patient

by R. Clinton for the Alzheimer’s Association Blog Sudden Change in Behavior? Urinary Tract Infection Could Be the Cause UTIs, or urinary tract infections, can cause changes in people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. As a care consultant with the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline, I often speak to people about possible urinary tract …

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Agitation And Anxiety In Alzheimer’s

KC Blog / By JCA / April 4, 2024

daughter reassures mom with Alzheimer's

UCLA Caregiver Training Video: Agitation and anxiety create resistance in people with Alzheimer’s and frustration for their caregivers. Learn techniques to solve and resolve these difficult moments.

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Dementia Conversations: Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial

KC Blog / By JCA / April 3, 2024

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When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. Often, conversations with family about changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable. This program provides tips for breaking the ice with your family so you can address some of the most common issues that are difficult to discuss: going to the doctor for a diagnosis …

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Alzheimer’s Caregiving: Changes in Communication Skills

KC Blog / By JCA / April 2, 2024

Illustration of a young woman and an older woman

from NIH National Institute on Aging Communication is hard for people with Alzheimer’s disease because they have trouble remembering things. They may struggle to find words or forget what they want to say. You may feel impatient and wish they could just say what they want, but they can’t. The person with Alzheimer’s may have problems with: …

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Caregiver Self-Care: Why You Should Create a Caregiver Bill of Rights

Blog, KC Blog / By JCA / April 2, 2024

caregiver reads page with older man

by Susan Stiles for NCOA A first and very important step in self-care is to establish your own Caregiver Bill of Rights. You’ve gotten the checklist from your care recipient’s health care team on how to care for them. Now, it’s time to put down on paper how you want to care for yourself and …

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