Alzheimers Disease

Two Sisters Are Reinventing Caregiving For Their Aging Parents

Natalie Strouth | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

When Carol and Theresa's mom was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer's and their dad's vision started failing, the news was met with some denial -- and their parents' groaning aversion to leaving their home of over forty years. The sisters, one of whom is my mother-in-law, came to realize that they are now parenting their own parents. In coming to terms with this they also realized that they each need support too. The result is an inspiring and positive arrangement. They've become "co-caregivers."

End Of Life Is Experiencing Social And Legal Change Across Canada

AlzLIVE | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

There is no right answer regarding end of life care. Your personal choices will be interpreted within an increasingly volatile landscape of changing laws and changing interpretations of the laws alongside changes in our society's acceptance of end of life decision-making.

Alzheimer's: How To Prepare Your Home For Financial Changes

AlzLIVE | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

You will need to pay close attention to financial decisions necessary to protect your housing security. Although a home is often the largest asset owned, it is also the one with the least research and supports available when it comes to Alzheimer's and legal and financial matters.

10 Common Myths About Dementia

Gail Elliot | Posted 01.06.2016 | Canada Living
Gail Elliot

It is important to correct the person with dementia when they say things that are not true - FALSE. The cardinal rule is "never argue with a person with dementia". A person with dementia is simply taking files from their memory bank that come from another place and time. They are sure they are telling the truth.

How To Protect Your Finances While Aging With Alzheimer's

AlzLIVE | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

It is deeply hurtful to even remotely consider that someone from your most trusted group of allies could be intending to take advantage of you when you are most vulnerable, but avoiding this issue only leaves you more vulnerable. Your best line of defence is to increase your awareness on some of the more typical financial threats.

Staying On Top Of Your Finances After An Alzheimer's Diagnosis

AlzLIVE | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

You may be inclined to ignore your finances while dealing with your diagnosis of Alzheimer's, but it is important to begin assessing any financial vulnerabilities you may have. This is not the time to disengage from the management of your financial and legal affairs.

Key Documents, Decisions And Directions In Estate Planning

AlzLIVE | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and those who care most about you is the selection of individuals who are capable of carrying out your wishes. This requires taking the time to fully inform these people about your wishes.

Alzheimer's: Dealing With Decision Making And Wills

AlzLIVE | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

There will come a time when your decision making will be increasingly restricted. You can prepare for these changes through planning and communications with trusted people in your life and this can help ensure your autonomy is supported and respected.

Actor Plays An Alzheimer's Caregiver With Compassion

AlzLIVE | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

Daniel Roebuck's tenderly nuanced performance as his wife' primary caregiver is such a perfectly balanced blend of heartache and hopeful longing, weariness and worry, unconditional love and utter loneliness that his character comes across so authentically, you forget you're watching a movie rather than visiting with a fellow family member impacted by Alzheimer's or dementia.

Surgery Risks May Include Alzheimer's

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Living

But it's not contagious.

Maintaining a Connection With Your Loved One After Hiring a Caregiver

AlzLIVE | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

In the families I've dealt with, there was a sense that after their loved one moved into a care community, the gradual erosion of the relationship with their loved one would suddenly be accelerated to the point that any hope of further connection would forever be lost.

Midlife Obesity Can Mean Early Alzheimer's Onset

The Associated Press | Lauran Neergaard | Posted 09.01.2015 | Canada Living

And it can start as early as age 50.

This Set Of Dishes Is Designed For People With Dementia

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Impact

One woman's grandmother inspired her unique creation.

Finding Out if Mom's Memory Loss is More Than Forgetfulness

AlzLIVE | Posted 08.25.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

The big "A." The elephant in the room. The dreaded disease you've been forced to think about thanks to Dear Alice and Glen Campbell and so many others whose stories have raised awareness and brought Alzheimer's right into your living room -- and now, maybe right into your life.

How I Became an Alzheimer's Advocate

AlzLIVE | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

But from the moment my mother and grandmother shared with me my grandfather's diagnosis, everything changed. Though my role as national director of sales and marketing memory care for one of the country's largest providers of assisted living was still the same, my motivation was completely different.

Do You Have Concerns About a Family Member's Driving?

AlzLIVE | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

Driving is an activity of daily living (ADL) just like getting washed, dressed or cooking. It is an activity that we learn to do once the skills needed to drive have matured. In order to drive safely, we rely on the fine-tuned integration of the necessary physical, visual, cognitive-perceptual, and behavioural skills.

You Can Reconnect With Your Loved One Living With Alzheimer's

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

As Alzheimer's disease progresses and the person becomes more and more disconnected from the world around them, caregivers so often, and so unintentionally, lose their way. That's okay, in part because there's no manual for this, no right or wrong. But there are ways that caregivers, like Ed's, can reconnect with their loved one.

How Dementia Patients Benefit From Gardening

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

Even if your loved one has never been an avid gardener, introducing them to blooms now could be a good idea: this green hobby has been shown to benefit dementia and Alzheimer's patients. Long-term care facilities sometimes refer to it as horticultural therapy -- the connection that dementia patients develop to past and future through tending plants, indoors or out.

Women's Health in Middle Age Can Harm Memory in Late Life

Dr. Tiffany Chow | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Tiffany Chow

Women, this is your wake up call. Don't let stress during parenting, career-building, nesting, and maintaining your relationships become your downfall. I've said that before, but now there's more evidence to motivate good brain health behavior now, not later. And teach your daughters your good habits while you're at it!

Memory Clinics Make Treating Alzheimer's a Family Affair

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

For six years, Mike and Pat went to the memory clinic four times a year; they were long visits, each lasting a few hours. What sets this approach apart from other family practices that don't offer a dedicated memory clinic is that services were not only for the patient.

Advice for Dementia and Alzheimer's Care

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

People living with Alzheimer's and dementia can exhibit a broad range of responsive behaviours, such as wandering, verbal repetition, sexual behavior or angry outbursts. For caregivers, dealing with responsive behaviours can be a frustrating and exhausting task. But there are answers.

What to Expect in the Stages of Alzheimer's

AlzLIVE | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

While most are aware that Alzheimer's disease progresses in stages, many are still confused about what those stages entail. This is particularly true in North America, where the American health system recognizes seven stages of Alzheimer's while the Canadian system is modelled on three.

Most Alzheimer's Patients Are Women, By A Heavy Margin

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 01.07.2015 | Canada Living

Alzheimer's disease takes a serious toll on the patients who live with it, and the families who care for them. In both cases, it disproportionately...

Former B.C. Premier's Alzheimer's Prompts $9.1 Million Donation

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A Canadian diamond miner is donating $9.1 million for Alzheimer's research because his longtime friend — and former B.C. premier — Bill Bennett is...

Are We Closer To Finding A Cure For Alzheimer's?

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Living

British scientists on Monday announced a major step forward in developing a blood test that could predict the onset of Alzheimer's, potentially helpin...