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Alzlive is a distinct voice in the online caregiver landscape, devoted to family who are caring for those with Alzheimer’s or other dementia

Alzlive is a distinct voice in the online caregiver landscape, devoted to family who are caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The site was the brainchild of Dave Kelso – who has personally witnessed the ravages of Alzheimer’s. Dave wants to help family be the best caregivers they can, through a confounding disease. Alzlive scans the world to find the freshest thinking and innovation. Check out

Getting Sick Means Double Trouble For Caregivers And Patients

Everyday infections such as the common cold, a stomach bug, upper respiratory infection or urinary tract infection have been shown to hasten cognitive decline among people with dementia. You don't want to pass along a bug to your loved one, to bring on these afflictions.
04/14/2016 01:55 EDT

Alzheimer's: Dealing With Decision Making And Wills

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.
11/30/2015 10:57 EST
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Actor Plays An Alzheimer's Caregiver With Compassion

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.
11/20/2015 04:53 EST

How I Became an Alzheimer's Advocate

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.
08/20/2015 05:35 EDT
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Do You Have Concerns About a Family Member's Driving?

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.
08/11/2015 04:37 EDT
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Managing the Emotions of Caregiving

Alzheimer's caregivers are amazingly successful at juggling all of the things necessary to meet the needs of their loved one, but each day they're simultaneously learning how to juggle the many emotions they experience. Anger, guilt, fear and frustration are just a few of the complex emotional balls they are trying so hard to keep in the air.
08/07/2015 12:41 EDT

How to Recognize the Signs of Elder Abuse

It is not always easy to recognize elder abuse, particularly if you are the victim. Yet elder abuse is, unfortunately, prevalent in our society. The good news is that there is increased awareness with respect to the existence of elder abuse and its many forms, and numerous resources available to help.
07/22/2015 07:53 EDT
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How to Identify Your Parents' Caregiving Needs

As we became a young adult, our relationship to our parents became different. We still turned to our parents, but more for guidance and support. Never did we imagine or expect that one day we would be the parent to our parent. When did it happen? When was the shift? Now we are the ones in the "worry seat."
07/15/2015 08:44 EDT
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How to Make Long Distance Caregiving Work

There are some things we can do from a distance to increase our full understanding of their situation, to improve the communication we have with them, and to manage the risks inherent in long distance (and close distance) caregiving. All of these suggestions can be done via the internet and phone.
06/30/2015 05:15 EDT