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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  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. 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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  6. 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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  7. Gene Variant May Double Alzheimer's Risk for Women

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Having a copy of a certain gene variant increases women's risk for Alzheimer's disease much more than it does for men, a new study indicates. Stanford University researchers analyzed data from more than 8,000 people, most

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  8. Poor Heart Health Linked to Alzheimer's Risk

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study links heart disease with increased odds of developing dementia. Researchers found that artery stiffness -- a condition called atherosclerosis -- is associated with the buildup of beta-amyloid plaque in the b

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  9. Stress-Linked Protein May Play Role in Alzheimer's

    March 21, 2014 -- A problem in the brain's stress response system may be an important factor in the memory and thinking problems experienced by people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, new research says. Harvard scientists found that when the system is working normally, it can protect th

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  10. Alzheimer's Strikes Women Harder Than Men: Report

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A 65-year-old American woman has a 1 in 6 chance of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life, while a man the same age has about a 1 in 11 chance. That's one of the key findings of a new report that highlights the

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