Holiday Gifts for Someone with Alzheimer's

Jed A. Levine President & CEO Making sure you get the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list can be tough. But shopping for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia can be even trickier. Here are some things to consider when shopping for a person who has been diagnosed and when shopping for their caregiver.Consider their capabilities: When giving a gift to someone who has Alzheimer's, it's important to consider the disease progression, their cognitive abilities and needs. Someone in the early stage may still enjoy many of the same gifts as before the diagnosis. But someone who [...]

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Educate Yourself About Alzheimer’s and Dementia

It’s September and back-to-school season is in full swing. While parents have been busy getting the kids ready for the start of the school year, at CaringKind ensuring that New Yorkers have the information they need to deal with a dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis is a year-round priority.Whether you are caring for someone who has the disease; have a friend or family member about whom you’re concerned; or if you – yourself – have been recently diagnosed, in the fight against Alzheimer’s, education is a critically important “weapon.”Too often, people dismiss the importance of Alzheimer’s educat [...]

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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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