Although it goes by at the same pace it always has, as we age, time feels more fleeting. That’s why, when it comes to your aging parents, it’s important to take the necessary time to really understand them, not as your parents, but as the person they are and the person they have become. Although many adult children […]
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The New Face of Caregiver Support Christina DeSantis is the new social worker working on site at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church to support caregivers in our community. Christina DeSantis Christina recently joined the staff of Presbyterian Senior Services, an FAPC mission partner. Last year FAPC became part of PSS’s Circle of Care program, which was […]
One thing that drives Alzheimer’s caregivers crazy is repetitive questions and repetitive behavior. It is clear to me that a large fraction of patients with Alzheimer’s disease ask the same questions over and over. I understand how disconcerting this can be — I experienced it first hand, and I know how it feels. It took […]
The Gifts of Age: Fulfilling Our Dreams Harry R. Moody, Creative Longevity and Wisdom Program Fielding Graduate University Helen Luke, a renowned psychotherapist in the tradition of Carl Jung, kept a detailed record of her dreams over the course of her life, a record documented in her autobiography, Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On. […]
5 Things Every Caregiver Should Say and Think to Themselves 1. I am going to be doing this for a while, so I may as well go ahead and become the best caregiver I can be. By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer’s Reading Room What you think and what you feel are important. Are you trying to […]
By Mike Good Everyone needs enrichment and purpose in their life – it’s what keeps us happy and intrigued with life. By and large, we can create this for ourselves. But when someone has Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, at some point, they will need others to help them maintain enrichment and purpose on a […]
Empathy, Compassion and Joy in Alzheimer’s Care I am sitting here thinking about the role of empathy in dementia care. By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer’s Reading Room The caregiver begins to acquire empathy by asking how, why, what. How is the person who is deeply forgetful feeling? Why is the person who is deeply forgetful […]
Us Against Alzheimer’s is an invaluable easy-to-read pamphlet printed in both English and Spanish.