Handling LBD Alone

The word caregiver is defined by Merriam Webster as “a person who provides direct care (as for children, elderly people, or the chronically ill.” And while that definition is true, it lacks the profusion of sacrifices, effort and emotional strain that every caregiver must endure. One of the most resilient caregivers is Amy Washuta, a … Continue reading Handling LBD Alone

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The Stages of Caregiving

Stage one of a patient: forgetfulness. Stage one of a caregiver: shock and skepticism. Stage two of a patient: changes in habits, confusion about day, time, place, and moodiness. Stage two of a caregiver: handling frustration and developing an understanding of the disease. Stage three of a patient: need round-the-clock care. Stage three of a … Continue reading The Stages of Caregiving

The Help of a Fidget Quilt

The human body is resilient, but Phillip Lawrence’s mind was even stronger. Phillip Lawrence was a veteran, motorcycle enthusiast, traveler, and an unreserved lover of life. The motorcycle accident that would change his life, handicap him and leave him unable to walk was not strong enough to crush his spirit. After the accident, he continued … Continue reading The Help of a Fidget Quilt

A Late Diagnosis & The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline

How does one explain a sudden personality change in a loved one? Is elderliness to blame? When there is no concrete diagnosis, family members often times find themselves navigating the newfound change in the dark. Meet Charles Jimison, a native of West Virginia who was known for his gregarious and optimistic outlook on life. Throughout … Continue reading A Late Diagnosis & The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline

Breakfast with Bopie

Before 78. Happy and healthy. 165 pounds. A creature of habit, waking every morning at 7:30 to walk his two pugs, Jesse and Bruzer, as the inviting sun rises over the Florida beaches. The man I am describing is an enigma – the simplest, yet most complex being I have ever had the privilege of … Continue reading Breakfast with Bopie

Dan’s Caregiver Video Blog

Two of our heroes here at the Georgia Chapter, are Dan and his wife Denise. Denise was diagnosed with dementia at the young age of 56, about 3 1/2 years ago. Since then, their lives have changed dramatically. Inspired to use their voices about this terrible disease, both Dan and Denise have become Champions and Advocates … Continue reading Dan’s Caregiver Video Blog

Macon yoga and dance classes help Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers

 Jane Donahue remembers the day her husband got lost on a walk. "It terrified me," she said. Fearing he would wander off again, Donahue contacted the Alzheimer's Association office in Macon to see about getting a tracking device. The couple now comes back to the Central Georgia Regional Office on Mulberry Street a few times … Continue reading Macon yoga and dance classes help Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers

Caregiver Coping Part 4: “Take Care of Yourself”

* This is the fourth and final installment in a series where we will be discussing some realistic ways that Caregivers can cope with the stresses of care-giving. Okay, I said it. You need to take care of yourself. If you are a caregiver, you may be rolling your eyes at this point, or laughing maniacally … Continue reading Caregiver Coping Part 4: “Take Care of Yourself”

Caregiver Coping Part 3: Reach Out For Help

* This is the third installment in a series where we will be discussing some realistic ways that Caregivers can cope with the stresses of care-giving. Reaching out for help - it sounds simple, right? There are actually some pretty significant barriers that caregivers might have to overcome before they reach out for help. The … Continue reading Caregiver Coping Part 3: Reach Out For Help