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  1. What to Do After an Alzheimer's Diagnosis

    Rosemary Orange, 53, of Ottawa, Ontario, suspected something was wrong with her 83-year-old mother, Sylvia. "She'd go shopping and forget what she was doing," Orange says. "So she'd come right back home without buying anything." Several months later, Orange's mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, a

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  2. Overcoming Caregiver's Guilt

    Caregivers are often pulled in different directions. This can lead to guilt. Maybe you feel you're not doing enough for your loved one. Or that caregiving is taking away time from other members of your family. Or you have feelings of resentment toward the person you're looking after. And that’s natu

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  3. Helping Older Adults Deal With Life's Big Events

    When you’re a caregiver, you and your loved one are likely to face challenges together. Three big life changes in particular -- moving, giving up driving, and dealing with the death of a spouse -- can be emotional. Here are some practical tips for caregivers in dealing with difficult changes. Older

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  4. When Is It Time to Ask for More Help?

    As a caregiver, you may want to do it all and take care of your loved one alone. But there are times when you may need help -- either temporarily or permanently. Here are signs that it may be time to ask for support, and how to get it. It may have been easier to give care when you were driving to do

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  5. Caregiving Help: How to Ask for What You Need

    You may be juggling your family or career while taking care of a parent. Or maybe it's both parents and your own health needs. Whatever caregiving situation you’re in, you don't have to do it alone. Don't wait until you need help to try to find it. Start now by getting a circle of friends, family, a

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  6. Tips for Caregivers

    When you notice that your loved one starts to need help, it may be hard to get them to understand and accept it. Cathy Alessi, MD, president of the American Geriatrics Society, offers these tips. As people get older, some are willing to accept help and some are not. When I see patients who are not d

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  7. Balancing Work and Caregiving

    If you're like most caregivers, taking care of your loved one isn't the only work you do. Trying to balance both can be hard. Here are some tips that might help. When your private life affects your work life, it's time to talk to your boss, says Amy Goyer, the AARP's home and family expert and autho

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  8. Are You at Risk for Caregiver Burnout?

    Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease can be more stressful than caring for people with other serious diseases. That's because people with Alzheimer's disease often need care for decades, rather than a few months or years, says Mary Guerriero Austrom, PhD, an expert on caregivers and Alzheimer

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  9. Alzheimer's Care: 6 Tips to Improve Daily Life

    There's a lot you can do to help someone you care about with Alzheimer's enjoy their day-to-day activities. Even though people with Alzheimer's may get frustrated or confused easily, try these steps to help them feel calm and safe. People with Alzheimer's tend to prefer a familiar schedule and setti

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  10. Alzheimer's Caregivers: Sandwiched Between Parenting Your Kids and Your Parents

    There are about 10 million people in the U.S. -- mostly women – who have chosen to take care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a grueling job in itself, but many aren’t only caregiving. They’re also raising kids of their own -- and maybe working – at the same time. “You’re already a pare

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