by Kathryn Kilpatrick M.A. CCC/SLP
A memory fitness plan for successful aging includes maintaining a positive attitude, paying attention, healthier lifestyle choices, effective memory props, upgrading brain games and creating balance in daily routines. When a person has Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, these strategies are still important, particularly in the earlier stages.
by Carol Bradley Bursack, Editor-in-Chief
Think of it like this: Caregivers are the base of a pyramid. When the base collapses, the whole pyramid crashes. Many of us are "natural caregivers." We put other people's needs ahead of our own. It feels good to give. However, everyone has a breaking point. Whether it's physical, mental, emotional, spiritual - or more likely a combination of all of these - if the caregiver breaks down, the whole care system can collapse. Caregiver self-care is vital to all involved.
by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
Click on the links below to see helpful articles and checklists on various elder care topics.
- Elders can be adept at covering memory problems
- Do special care units work in dementia care?
- What are the differences between Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and dementia?
- Why does it matter with Alzheimer's if you get an early diagnosis?
- Overcoming mental health issues in the elderly
- Early diagnosis for Alzheimer's disease: the reasons to do so keep building
- Caring for aging parents when both have dementia
- Maybe it isn't dementia
- Surprising and gratifying moments in caregiving: people with dementia can have moments of clarity
- People with Alzheimer's can exceed expectations
- Healthy forgetting: everyone's brain needs some free space
- Publicity about Alzheimer's has led confusion for some: is it Alzheimer's or dementia?
- Is your Dad's confusion dementia or too many prescriptions?
- Technological advances may lead to earlier onset of caregiver assistance
- The stages of Alzheimer's disease and what kind of agencies can help
- The many faces of Alzheimer's disease 2010
- Rough caregiver nights and sundowning
- Erasing the stigma of dementia
- Understanding Sundowning
- The 7 stages of Alzheimer's disease