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“Help! We need a dementia caregiver. Where do I start?”

How to find a dementia caregiver Families often ask me how to find someone to help with a loved one who has dementia or Alzheimer’s. Usually a spouse or child has been the sole caregiver and now, with the dementia progressing, they are increasingly overwhelmed. Being anyone’s 24/7 caregiver always results in burnout and less … Read more

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Dementia and Eating Issues

Does your loved one with dementia have issues with food, eating or mealtime? Is your dementia patient not eating? Alzheimer’s, dementia and eating issues are common. There are a number of things you can do to make mealtimes easier. 6 tips on how to encourage someone with dementia to eat 1—Dementia and not eating: look … Read more

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Dementia and Anxiety

How do we help someone with dementia feel secure in our care? Having dementia means experiencing progressive cognitive impairment. When this is happening to you, you find yourself suddenly unable to do things you’ve been able to do for decades without thinking. It’s not surprising that you would experience both dementia and anxiety as a … Read more

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Dementia Caregiver Stress

Three tips that make dementia care less frustrating When I tell people that I provide dementia care, the most common response is an exclamation of sympathy and a comment about how patient I must be. I know dementia caregiver stress is legitimate for many reasons and I can understand their reactions. But I’m not a … Read more

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The Cost of Dementia Care is Bankrupting Us

According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey, 70 percent of Americans over the age of 65 will require some form of long-term care services during their lives. Twenty percent of them will need institutional care for more than five years. The cost of dementia care and long-term care In 2021, the average cost for assisted … Read more

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Three Caregiver Tips for Dementia That Prevent Hurt Feelings

Being a Dementia Partner It’s very important to remember that the person who is experiencing dementia may or may not be able to understand that it is their own abilities that are changing, and that even though their cognitive skills are becoming more limited, they are not becoming lesser beings. We can preserve their dignity … Read more