Tag Archives: Caregivers

August 2012 Newsletter

After support group ends, attendees form their own group

For caregivers and their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, support groups provide much needed information, a place to air their burdens, and companionship with people in a similar situation.  After their eight-month class on memory loss, five couples and two single women did not want their camaraderie to end, reporter Dominique Fong wrote for The Oregonian.  One couple, Dave and Hallie Caswell, said their love and care for their fellow … Read the rest »

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May 2012 Newsletter

Living with Alzheimer’s and talking about it

Kathy explains her Alzheimer’s diagnosis this way: Now I am caught in the tension between remembering and forgetting.  Kathy is a 62-year-old registered nurse who is doing what she can to hold onto her life.  Angela Carella, a reporter for The Advocate, a Stamford, Conn. newspaper, describes Kathy as a fighter.  Kathy, who wants to keep her last name private because not everyone knows of her diagnosis, has already defeated cancer and … Read the rest »

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November 2011 News

November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, but honors caregivers as well

Most families affected by Alzheimer’s disease know that November is “National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month,” but some members of those same families are not aware that family caregivers are honored during the month as well. Jamie Huysman, a reporter for the South Florida Sun Sentinel, wants everyone to know that November also honors caregivers as “National Family Caregivers Month.” Huysman writes that it is important to celebrate this special … Read the rest »

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October 2011 News

Caregiver shares her wisdom with others, even though her duties have ended

Diane Sperow took on the role of caregiver like many others; she had no formal training and was not adequately prepared for the responsibility. As she noticed signs of forgetfulness in her father, Harold Christman, she assumed it was just a part of normal aging. She and her husband moved next door to her dad to help him out around the house. As time passed, she realized it … Read the rest »

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July 2011 News

Dear Readers:

Thursday, July 22, marked the end of the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference held in Paris.  The weeklong forum gave researchers the opportunity to report on and discuss the groundbreaking research and information on the cause, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.  Therefore, this edition of the ARF ALZHEIMER’S NEWSLETTER contains a number of articles covering announcements made at the conference.

– ARF Editor

A son urges families to get caregivers the help they need… Read the rest »

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May 2011 News

Fear causes “shadowing” behavior in patients with Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease not only erodes a person’s memory, it also creates puzzling behaviors in patients with the condition.  Angela Lunde tells us about one of these behaviors called “shadowing.”  Lunde is a dementia education specialist in the education core at the Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in Rochester, Minn.  Simply put, when a patient with Alzheimer’s keeps their caregiver in their sight at all times, that is shadowing.  Lunde, who … Read the rest »

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April 2011 News

“Last in, first out” brings painful memories of a recollected daughter

Many people are surprised to hear their patient with Alzheimer’s disease belt out the words to a song that was popular decades ago.  Similarly, a trip down memory lane may be the best description of some of the stories told by patients with Alzheimer’s.  That is where the motto of “last in, first out” enters into the world of Alzheimer’s disease.  Lisa Moore serves as the primary caregiver for … Read the rest »

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