Breaking the News About an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Jed A. Levine President & CEO The doctor has just confirmed your worst fear. Your mother has Alzheimer’s.  While the sense of shock is stinging, you knew something was wrong. She had become forgetful. You found her shoe in the freezer and five cartons of milk in the kitchen cabinet. She calls the toaster the “bread-heater.” She fluctuates from being combative and apathetic. And, her driving has become erratic. This is a very stressful and emotional situation, so how do you tell a family member that their world is changing and will never be the same? The answer is simple:  armed with knowledge [...]

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Jed A. Levine appointed President & CEO of CaringKind

Jed A. Levine has been appointed the new President and CEO of CaringKind, NYC’s leading expert in Alzheimer’s and dementia care for more than three decades.  In making the announcement, CaringKind also announced the retirement of Lou-Ellen Barkan who was at the helm of the organization for more than 14 years. Levine has been with CaringKind since 1990 and served most recently as Executive Vice President with responsibility for all programs and services.  Formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, CaringKind offers a 24-hour Helpline (646-744-2900); hundreds of free s [...]

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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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