Caregiver Coping Part 2: Prepare for the Worst

* This is the second installment in a series where we will be discussing some realistic ways that Caregivers can cope with the stresses of care-giving. None of us like to think about the worst case scenario if we don't have to.  In fact, most of us who are caregivers think that the worst case … Continue reading Caregiver Coping Part 2: Prepare for the Worst

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Caregiver Coping Part 1: Education

* This is the first installment in a series where we will be discussing some realistic ways that Caregivers can cope with the stresses of care-giving.   When you become a caregiver - whether it be sudden or gradual - there is typically a pretty significant learning curve. All of a sudden, you may be … Continue reading Caregiver Coping Part 1: Education

“People Tell Me to Take Care of Myself…Yeah Right!”

Caregivers hear it often - "You should take care of yourself!" "Well how, exactly, am I supposed to do that?", many caregivers wonder to themselves as they politely smile and nod. It's true. It seems impossible. Care-giving is not just a full-time job, sometimes it is a bunch of full-time jobs. Are you the nurse? The … Continue reading “People Tell Me to Take Care of Myself…Yeah Right!”

This is our Thanksgiving. It’s not perfect, but it is precious

When a loved one has dementia, you lose so much. In fact, sometimes, it seems that every day, every encounter is just one loss after another. Visits with mom are best when we are doing something: looking at photo albums, walking around the mall, working in the yard. Sitting around and making conversation doesn’t go … Continue reading This is our Thanksgiving. It’s not perfect, but it is precious

The Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter Welcomes Local AKA partners

Welcome Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc.® The Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter is proud to announce a new partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® to help raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and increase education, care and support resources in the African-American community. On Thursday, October 29, the Georgia Chapter celebrated this new partnership with a kickoff event at our … Continue reading The Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter Welcomes Local AKA partners

Your Hidden Resource Center: The Alzheimer’s Association

Did you know that the Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter offers a wide range of publications designed to meet the unique needs of families caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias? We have literature and books that are designed to help people who have been diagnosed, family caregivers, professional caregivers and even kids/teens. Brochure Topics … Continue reading Your Hidden Resource Center: The Alzheimer’s Association

Living and Loving with Alzheimer’s Disease: Kim’s Story

Phil and Kim Wilson have been happily married for seven years. Their home in Rome, Georgia is recognizable for its well-tended garden, ablaze with vibrant colors. Kim's children live nearby along with her grandchildren - 3 boys: Mason, Oliver and Dexter. Phil and Kim have a close-knit family and a wide circle of friends and colleagues, … Continue reading Living and Loving with Alzheimer’s Disease: Kim’s Story

Guest Post: Accepting a Diagnosis of Dementia

My mother-in-law’s diagnosis of dementia forever changed the lives of everyone in our family. I remember sitting with my husband in a row of metal chairs along the hallway in the medical facility while she was being examined by a geriatric neurologist. It seemed to take an eternity. Finally the doctor emerged from the scan … Continue reading Guest Post: Accepting a Diagnosis of Dementia

For those of us who don’t love fundraising…

I am the first to admit that fundraising is not my strong suit. Which is exactly why I work on the programs and services team here at the Alzheimer's Association and not on the development team. But as I've said time and time again, it is going to take ALL of us working together AND … Continue reading For those of us who don’t love fundraising…

Being a Long-Distance Caregiver

“Something is wrong with mom!”  The realization is frightening no matter where you are, but especially when you live far away from a loved one exhibiting signs of dementia. What can you do when you live hours away and a phone conversation with your loved one turns into a confusing jumble of past conversations or … Continue reading Being a Long-Distance Caregiver