Alzheimer’s Caregiver / 8 posts found

Important Tips For Caregivers

by Nancy Landa
Caregivers of aging parent(s) or those facing the challenges of assisting a loved one or friend who is chronically ill, disabled or elderly are growing in numbers. As a caregiver, you are one of the 22 million Americans who care for an older adult. Caregivers provide 80 percent of in-home care, but unlike nurses and home health aids, they are mostly unpaid for their labor of love. Dr. Elizabeth Clark, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers says “Care giving is a difficult job that can take a toll on relationships, jobs and emotional well-being.  Those who care […]

Responsibilities of Alzheimer’s Family Caregivers

by Nancy Landa
    The responsibilities of Alzheimer’s family caregivers is enormous.  Is it no wonder that the #1 complaint of  caregivers is stress?  Many of these responsibilities overlap a bit into other areas, but I wanted to give you something to work with.  Depending on where you’re currently at in your journey with your loved one, you’ll take something different away from this article. Knowing what lies ahead in your journey as a family caregiver will help you prepare and plan for when things get more difficult.  This is better than being surprised by having to make yet another change in […]

The Last Thing You Want Friends & Family To Say

by Nancy Landa
Well-meaning friends and family don’t know what to say, but this is something I absolutely hated to hear…  
Alzheimer's Caregiver Health

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health

by Nancy Landa
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health is transcribed from video. Hi, I am Laurie Owen from Home Instead Senior Care. Today I am talking about how to take care of yourself when you are a caregiver. The demands of caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can force you to focus all of your energy on his or her care. In fact, research shows that many people start neglecting their own care when they are caring for others. A loss of self care can result in both physical and emotional stress. You may experience a loss of sleep, headaches and […]
Alzheimer's Caregiver Burnout

Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Burnout

by Nancy Landa
  Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Burnout is transcribed from video and provides tremendous insight into how to prevent it.  Enjoy! Hi! I am Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care.  Today I am talking about avoiding (family) caregiver burnout. Let’s talk about ways to cope in dealing with Alzheimer’s patients. Many family caregivers presently care for a parent or spouse who is suffering from some sort of dementia. In fact, the frequency of dementia increases with rising age; from less than 2% for the 65 to 69 year-olds, to 5% for the 75-79 year-olds, and to more than 20% for the […]
Alzheimer's Caregiver Guilt

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Guilt

by Nancy Landa
  1 of the worst emotions of an Alzheimer’s caregiver – “Guilt”.  (Transcribed from video) Guilt may be the most annoying of the “seven deadly emotions” of Alzheimer’s care-giving. It’s right up there with resentment, worry, fear, anger, loneliness, and grief. This podcast episode is based on the original article written by Paul Spencer Scott.  One of the worst emotions of Alzheimer’s – guilt.  Guilt is especially bothersome because it tends to be the least rooted in reality.  There’s often no reason to feel guilty but we feel it just the same.  Guilt usually stems from caring so much we […]
An Alzheimer's Caregiver Perspective

The Toll Alzheimer’s Takes on Caregivers

by Nancy Landa
  The toll Alzheimer’s takes on caregivers is transcribed from the above video. We are certainly meeting a lot of passionate people this morning.  Very passionate about fighting this disease together.  I want to introduce you to our next guest, Mary Olson. We thank Mary for coming in today to share her story.  I know it is not easy, but you are so passionate.  You want to get that word out and so you are here today to do that.  Let’s talk a little bit about your story.  You’ve been experiencing this for several years now.  You are starting to […]

Being a Primary Caregiver for a relative with Alzheimer’s disease

by Nancy Landa
Being a Primary Caregiver for a relative with Alzheimer’s disease – The Long Goodbye I was a Caregiver for 12 1/2 long years. There you go, straight off the bat as they say, I write this article (the first in a series) in my role as a Primary Caregiver first and author second. I was the primary caregiver for my elderly mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. It is a desperately cruel disease (most are, I know) in that it robs people (by and large) of their dignity and their independence at a stage in life when they need it […]