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AlzLIVE

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 alzlive.com.
When You Break the Promise to Never Put a Loved One in a Nursing

When You Break the Promise to Never Put a Loved One in a Nursing Home

There are promises we keep, and promises that as the years go by, we have no choice but to break. If we made a promise to never put our loved one in a nursing home and now discover we have no other choice, the guilt and heartbreak we feel can be overwhelming. But there are some ways we can cope.
06/24/2015 08:43 EDT
Finding New Ways To Honour

Finding New Ways To Honour Dad

Special occasions such as Father's Day can be looked upon with apprehension and anxiety when you have a loved one who is living with Alzheimer's or dementia. While the challenges do exist, it's also a good time to reflect, find new inspiration and a way of honoring dad.
06/16/2015 05:41 EDT
You Can Reconnect With Your Loved One Living With

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

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.
06/09/2015 05:53 EDT
How Dementia Patients Benefit From

How Dementia Patients Benefit From Gardening

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.
06/02/2015 05:31 EDT
Elder Mediation Could Soon Become a Staple in Age-Related

Elder Mediation Could Soon Become a Staple in Age-Related Care

Mom has Alzheimer's disease, your siblings refuse to talk to one another, and your kids are too busy to lend a helping hand. Somehow, all the caregiving duties have been left to you. What to do? Call an elder mediator. The practice is much like other forms of mediation.
05/26/2015 05:54 EDT
How to Help Someone With Dementia Sail Through Airport

How to Help Someone With Dementia Sail Through Airport Security

Navigating through an airport with a family member who has Alzheimer's can be a nail-biting excursion. Unfamiliar surroundings heighten confusion, impair the ability to follow directions and trigger agitation -- none of which you want to experience as you're getting body-scanned by airport security. Here's how to get through it all with as little hassle as possible.
05/05/2015 05:30 EDT
Memory Clinics Make Treating Alzheimer's a Family

Memory Clinics Make Treating Alzheimer's a Family Affair

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.
04/28/2015 12:37 EDT
Advice for Dementia and Alzheimer's

Advice for Dementia and Alzheimer's Care

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.
04/21/2015 06:13 EDT
Must-Read Books For Alzheimer's

Must-Read Books For Alzheimer's Caregivers

Having a written source of best practices, stories, and experiences from those who've been there can be enriching and useful to add to one's set of skills. For instance, there is a wonderful, practical Canadian book called Doris Inc. Author Shirley Roberts struggled mightily when she was first thrust into the role of caring for her mother Doris, who was suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. But instead of throwing up her hands in surrender, she went to work on a solution.
04/14/2015 05:24 EDT
Caregivers Often Get Depressed, but There's an App for

Caregivers Often Get Depressed, but There's an App for That

Because of the tremendous load caregivers sometimes take on, they are more likely than their non-carer counterparts to develop mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. These websites and apps aim to make those days more manageable.
02/20/2015 12:59 EST
A Picture Can Be Worth More Than 1,000

A Picture Can Be Worth More Than 1,000 Words

Reminiscence therapy--using photos, old objects, even music, to spark conversation--is a great activity that improves well-being in those with dementia and Alzheimer's. When used in groups or with loved ones, it also curbs isolation by helping to start meaningful conversations.
02/17/2015 01:01 EST
What to Expect in the Stages of

What to Expect in the Stages of Alzheimer's

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.
02/13/2015 09:29 EST
What To Do When Mom or Dad

What To Do When Mom or Dad Wanders

Is your dad, spouse or other relative with Alzheimer's breaking away from the family on an outing, getting up in the middle of the night and leaving the house, wandering out of the doctor's office when you turn your back for a minute? Here's what you can do.
02/10/2015 05:53 EST
7 Surprising Facts About

7 Surprising Facts About Caregivers

It's always a good time to honor and recognize the spouses, family members and friends who dedicate countless hours to caring for their loved ones. North America is home to millions of family caregivers. On top of having tremendous fortitude, they're an interesting bunch. Check out our list below for some fascinating facts about caregivers.
02/02/2015 05:38 EST