The Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America are organizations that help people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers receive education and support throughout the Alzheimer’s journey. Both, of course, champion ongoing hope that through research, the disease will one day be conquered.
Dear Carol: My sister has been the primary caregiver for our dad for nearly five years. I’ve lived out of state, and I haven’t been emotionally or physically available. I’m now retired and moving back to our hometown. I know I’ve been selfish about this and want to make up for my lack of help. How do I approach my sister about helping out? – Missing Sister
Dear Readers: As caregivers, we want to provide a memorable Christmas for our loved ones. To do that, we often feel we must keep all of our family traditions. The problem is that as our elders age, many of us find that holiday traditions become painfully challenging, if not impossible. I know. I’ve been there.
Dear Carol: My beloved mother is 93 and has been paralyzed on her right side for years from a stroke. She’s in a very good nursing home, the family is actively by her side as much as possible, and we try our best. She says she is tired and just wants to die.
Dear Carol: My mother is in a nursing home. She has mid-stage dementia. The home is great in most ways, but I wish the whole staff could learn that she responds best to Maggie, not her given name of Margaret.
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