As we continue to celebrate Grandparent’s Day, we’re tackling an issue that impacts many grandparents and their caregivers: Alzheimer’s Disease.
Taking care of yourself while you’re caring for someone else isn’t optional. In fact, 40% of ALZ caregivers die before the person they’re taking care of. The best way to care for your loved one is by caring for yourself, too. Here are our top tips for how to continue caregiving without paying the ultimate price.
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Tips & Information
Harriet tackles anticipatory grief
Phyllis shares the Uber-Caregivers top 5 tips for avoiding chaos
Barbara shares this tip for responding to Alzheimer’s behavior
Michael investigates the cause of Alzheimer’s disease
Michelle talks about sundowning and how to manage it
Rick discusses the best places to find caregiving resources
Shoshanna provides tips on how to get ready to care for someone with memory impairment
Carol shares home safety tips
ALZ Live has guides for navigating the healthcare system in the US and Canada. They have much more information available on their site.
David found voice reminders helpful for managing his father’s medications
Aging Care has a free guide to being an ALZ caregiver
StoryCorps has a guide for creating your own oral histories. You can listen to some of our favorites from their collection on memory loss.
What it’s like
Phil shares the story of caring for his mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease
Em tells Allie about FTD
Art shares the story of caring for his father, who had dementia
Julie talks about Alzheimer’s caregiving and isolation
Vince shows us what a day in the life of an ALZ family is like in this fantastic video
Brittany shares how caring for her grandparents changed how she views marriage
Blake ruminates on Ed Sheeran’s song about ALZ
Theresa shares a poem about ALZ
Rick lists 7 things not to say to an ALZ caregiver
Yuko likes to relieve caregiving stress by drawing
Vicki talks about overcoming caregiver guilt
Phyllis explores the true cost of dementia
Heather discusses her fear that her mother will get ALZ