Everyone deserves to feel needed and have a sense of purpose
By Mike Good for Next Avenue
One of the most important things to a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s is to know their loved one is happy. However, they are often so overwhelmed by the responsibility of caregiving, that the fun of being together is lost.
All engagement tends
By Anne Basting for Next Avenue
When you receive a serious medical diagnosis, it can feel as though that diagnosis replaces your identity. I am no longer myself — instead, now I am cancer, or heart attack or dementia.
Conveying personal info lets others connect with your loved one
One day while I was volunteering at a local adult day care, we had a new visitor who was confused and very unhappy that her daughter had left her there with us. She was agitated and was trying to leave.
Want to keep your brain — or the brain of someone you love — as healthy as possible?
Of course you do. So you’ve been learning about what to do: what kind of physical exercise to try, what
Too often, doctors and caregivers see symptoms of dementia as permanent when the problem may be a simple infection
By Gary Drevitch for Next Avenue
Among the myriad ways my kids have it better than me: As a child, I had only two grandparents, one of whom died when I was still very young. But my kids, at least the older two, were born with a full complement of
When you learn things, read or pursue a hobby, you’re not just having fun, you’re protecting your brain from the effects of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. “The research found that people who participated in mentally stimulating activities