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”

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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

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…

5 Minutes to Bring Us 5 Steps Closer to a Cure

This month during Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month we are focusing especially on clinical trial participation since it is one of the really BIG ways that you can make a difference in this deadly disease. Many people aren't quite sure what clinical trials really are - perhaps images of scientists with test tubes come to … Continue reading 5 Minutes to Bring Us 5 Steps Closer to a Cure

What Can You Do About Alzheimer’s?

Every person who has loved someone with Alzheimer’s disease knows the toll the disease takes on the person living with the disease and the family. But, there IS hope. Our nation eradicated polio, we’ve invested in research for AIDS, heart disease and cancer and we’ve seen great returns. There are now survivors for each of these diseases and … Continue reading What Can You Do About Alzheimer’s?

The Butterfly Bush

One rainy afternoon I was visiting Mother at the nursing home. She has severe dementia, and our conversations are mostly one­ sided. I talk about my girls and events in which they and their children are involved. I talk about going to church and to choir practice. Five minutes later I can tell the same story. She doesn't … Continue reading The Butterfly Bush

Veterans Affairs Proposes Changes

Last week Elder Law Attorney Victoria Collier visited with the Programs staff of the Georgia Chapter to give us an update about the proposed changes to the VA benefit that most of us know as "Aid & Attendance." To say that Veteran's benefits are complex is an understatement. We regularly refer families and individuals to those … Continue reading Veterans Affairs Proposes Changes

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!

Happy National Volunteer Appreciation Week! I would like to sincerely thank the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter volunteers! I’ve had the pleasure of serving as the Volunteer and Outreach Manager for Metro Atlanta for more than 5 years. During that time, I’ve met volunteers from all walks of life. Undeniably, my favorite part of my job … Continue reading Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!