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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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Caregivers and Codependency

Whether you are of the school that says co dependence in caregivers is a personal, internal issue that must be dealt with in counseling, or, you feel that co dependence is a situational issue that can be handled by altering the environment from which the issue springs forth, caregivers must find a balance between their needs and the needs of their care recipients.

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Here’s Why I Wish I’d Hired Home Care Sooner

It was the collection of little things that constantly nagged at Sacha as she and her siblings struggled to care for their ailing mother. Who was going to be able to make the 30-minute, one-way drive to her mom’s house to administer her eye drops? When was the last time she showered? Had she soiled herself and did her laundry need to be done? 

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