Life Care Knowledge Center

How Caring for Your Loved One Who Has Alzheimer’s Leads to Your Own Health Decline

If you’re feeling overwhelmed while caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, you are not alone. An estimated 15 million Americans are providing unpaid care for someone with Alzheimer's disease, or other forms of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. And while you may have the best intentions for your loved one, the reality is that it’s just extremely taxing work.

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How Home Care Changes Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s. Dementia. The words are used interchangeably, but there is a difference and it’s worth knowing. Dementia is an umbrella term under which Alzheimer’s — the most common type of dementia — falls. It is not a disease; rather, the term dementia speaks in a general way to memory loss and changes in cognitive abilities that are serious enough to impact day-to-day life. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the specific types of dementia that exist.

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How to Avoid Frustration When Communicating with Your Loved One Who Has Dementia

Dementia does more than just unravel a person's memory, ability and personality. For many, it alters their ability to communicate. In fact, the change in a person’s ability to communicate is based on those very things dementia is unraveling. As one loses short or long-term memory capacity, the ability to find the right word or name becomes increasingly difficult and sometimes impossible, causing frustration and fear where there once was confidence and clarity.

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How to Communicate with Your Loved One Who Has Parkinson's

If you are caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease, you are probably familiar with two of the hallmark physical symptoms: tremors and impaired gait. Unfortunately, the disease also affects a person's ability to communicate, which can be frustrating for both caregivers and your loved one with Parkinson’s. As with many aspects of caregiving, the more you know, the better you can handle challenges. Improving communication with people who have Parkinson's is possible.

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What to Expect When You Become Your Loved One’s Caregiver

You just left Mom’s house after a trip to the grocery store that has now become a weekly tradition. While putting the food away, you notice some misplaced items in the cabinets. The countertops are cluttered. A few things you bought on your last trip never made it back into the refrigerator. As you head back to your car and return to work, you never really leave. You worry. What if I’m not there when she needs me?

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