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

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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

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

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!”

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