AARP: Are You Ambivalent About Your Caregiving Role?

Posted March 22, 2013
I wanted to share this because it has got to be a common feeling among Caregivers.  It's totally normal, but that fact doesn't help with feeling better.  This article does; read it for some advise on managing those emotions...   Learn strategies for dealing with difficult feelings by Barry J. Jacobs, AARP I have a confession to make: I resent driving my 82-year-old mother to visit her husband, my demented stepfather, at the smelly, crowded and unpleasant nursing home where he now is confined. On the 20-minute ride there, I grip the steering wheel and silently seethe. I'm irritable while she ...
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Local Event: Alzheimer’s Musical

Posted March 21, 2013
Here's a fun and inspiring activity to do this weekend or next.  They actually reopened this show since it was such a hit. Time of Your Life Players present “Rock ’n’ Roll AD” a new, original one-act musical, which takes the audience on a wild ride as Roy gets his band together for one last tour and then is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Roy’s unbreakable spirit, sense of humor, and irreverent attitude allow him to continue the tour and learn how to live with the disease. We are thrilled to be presenting our ninth original musical in partnership with ...
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New Old Age: The Caregiver's Bookshelf

Posted March 20, 2013
New Old Age shares another book to add to your caregiving collection where architect Deborah Pierce shows us accessible design can look amazing too.       Source: Amazon, $18.45   The Unobstructed Home By PAULA SPAN The houses photographed for Deborah Pierce’s book, “The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages & Abilities,” look so inviting that I want to move in. To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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AAPR: How to Choose an Elder Mediator

Posted March 19, 2013
Maybe it's denial when dementia "sneaks up" on a loved one or maybe it just takes a turn for the worst, very quickly.  Either way, should you find yourself here, know you are not alone and yes, it is very difficult to decide what and how to do -- especially when you aren't the only one deciding!  This AAPR article suggests hiring someone who's trained to navigate these waters and I think it's worth the money, at the very least a one hour session.  You can learn a lot in an hour.   Here's the best way to find someone ...
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Mayo Clinic: Alzheimer's Blog

Posted March 18, 2013
The Mayo Clinic offers an inspiring recount of why conferences provide such a support system and the key to getting through tough times with dementia.  Teamwork unites caregivers, those with dementia By Angela Lunde The Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference 2013 has ended. After many years of planning and participating in these conferences, they're beginning to feel a bit like a family reunion. While most of the faces I see are still new, more and more are familiar and oh-so-special. To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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Money raised for the Memory Walk, where does it go?

Posted November 25, 2009
November is still National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month so I thought I would share with you some information about where the money raised from Memory Walk goes and how it helps in the community.  I also want to take this opportunity to re-thank everyone who donated to our Memory Walk team this year and every year past. There is still time to donate before the year is over, so if you would like to you can click here to go to our fund-raising page.  Remember your donation is tax deductible! Where does the money go? The funds raised through Memory ...
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American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging "Idea House"

Posted October 31, 2009
The 2009 AAHSA Annual Meeting in Expo this is year is in Chicago at the McCormick Place.  This year they are featuring a full scale, 2600 SQFT home which includes and demonstrates cutting edge design and technology from more than 25 companies! The Expo is not open to the public but the home is and I plan on stopping by to check it out, take some pictures and blog about the technology and design.  As a professional who works in the industry and as a student of interior design, I can't wait to see what they have in store as ...
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