Communicating with someone who has Alzheimer's or dementia

Let's face it, communicating with someone who has Alzheimer's or dementia is tough, particularly as the disease progresses and as changes in the brain make it difficult for the person to speak and understand even the simplest of words or ideas. When I was caring for my mother, communication problems caused us both confusion and stress. But, once I mastered a few basic guidelines, our time together was less frustrating and more enjoyable for both of us. Read full article (originally posted on ParkSlope Courier) [...]

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Caregiver Highlight: Meet Joan

Donate Today! My name is Joan and my dad has vascular dementia as a result of surviving sudden cardiac arrest in 2010. My mom took on the burden of caring for my dad for many years and it began to take a toll on her health. As time progressed, it became increasingly challenging to care for him. But, there was a bright spot. Throughout our journey, CaringKind was there for us. They listened patiently, connected us to helpful resources, and provided useful information so that we could better care for my dad. They also assisted in getting him accepted into an adult daycare program. This provided [...]

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Bill Gates’ Alzheimer’s Funding: A Missed Opportunity

Originally posted on Huffington Post. Support Our Cause Bill Gates’ recent $50 million investment in dementia research is certainly cause for optimism. His interest in the disease, inspired by a personal connection to Alzheimer’s and his extraordinary commitment to doing good, will hopefully elevate Alzheimer’s to a higher place in the public’s consciousness, and perhaps even inspire other philanthropists to follow suit. Finding a cure for Alzheimer’s is a public imperative of the highest order. But, in solely focusing on medical research, Mr. Gates has missed an opportunity to make an enormou [...]

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CaringKind's Jed Levine Leads #ElderCareChat on Need for Caregiver Support

Jed A. Levine, Executive Vice President and Director of Programs at CaringKind, stressed the importance of support for Alzheimer’s family caregivers during the Nov. 15 #ElderCareChat, a highly regarded forum for those who are passionate about the well-being of seniors. Levine was the expert guest panelist for the hour-long #ElderCareChat, which outlined the challenges faced by family members who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s and identified ways for these caregivers to reach out for help and support. The chat pointed out the unique issues that Alzheimer’s caregivers must confron [...]

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Life as a Caregiver

My name is Karin. I am the primary caregiver for my husband Jason for the past 15 years. When we first met, I was drawn to Jason’s love of life, confidence, charisma, and sharp wit, all of which led him to find success as an executive in the apparel industry. In the 24 years we’ve been married, Jason has been a loving partner, great friend and adoring father and grandfather. After two years of friends and family noticing changes in his cognitive abilities, Jason was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2003 at the young age of 60. While Jason’s compassionate will to help others and limited [...]

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