Ask Someone Who’s Been There: 8 Things No One Tells You About Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

We’ve said it so many times, it sounds painfully familiar: there may be no tougher task than being a caregiver for a loved one suffering with Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. It’s an experience shared by more than 16 million Americans, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, who provide unpaid care day in…

You’ve Moved a Parent into a Care Facility – What Do You Do When Others Make You Feel Guilty?

This scenario may sound extremely familiar. You’ve been caring for mom or dad for quite a while, but it’s gotten to the point where it’s just not safe for them to keep on living at home. Your parent needs more care than you can provide. After months of vacillation, you finally make up your mind:…

NBC News: New Report Shows Number of U.S. Alzheimer’s Sufferers will Nearly Triple by 2060

A new report just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) has revealed a startling statistic. Researchers now predict that the number of cases of Alzheimer’s disease in the United States will soar in the next four decades, creating a health care crisis that could be three times worse than what…

Déjà Vu: Battle over Care of Ailing Comedian Tim Conway Seems Sadly Familiar

He was one of the funniest men on television in his heyday, and his deadpan humor was a staple on the top-rated Carol Burnett Show which premiered on network television in 1967 and ran for 11 seasons. But today, Tim Conway is a sad shell of what he once was. Suffering from dementia, the one-time…

Getting Them the Care They Need: How to Help an Aging Loved One Navigate the Maze of Health Care

The woman sat with her aging mother-in-law across the desk from the oncologist. In front of the two women were 13 prescription bottles lined up in a row. Through tears of frustration the younger woman leaned forward, waved at the row of brown bottles with white prescription labels, and pointed her finger at the oncologist.…

People with Dementia Still Retain Sense of Self and Have a Positive Quality of Life, Research Reveals

What is the one illness Americans are most afraid of – the one we fear more than cancer, stroke or heart disease?  The answer probably does not come as a surprise: it’s Alzheimer’s disease.  But this fascinating article we discovered last year on the website of Kaiser Health News provided a much different perspective on…

Huffington Post Article Pulls No Punches in Describing the Tough Caregiving Burden Facing Millennials

We’ve run quite a few articles on our AgingOptions Blog about the role of caregivers in today’s society. But this recent column from the Huffington Post really grabbed our attention, not so much because in contains new information, but because it’s written squarely at tomorrow’s generation of caregivers: the millennials, those born between the early…