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How to Facilitate Successful Days for a Loved One with Alzheimer's

When a family elder has Alzheimer’s disease, loved ones may struggle to find ways to help them feel productive and successful. As physical and cognitive losses mount, it is easy to focus on what they can’t do and overlook the skills and abilities that remain. We have some suggestions you can use to create more meaningful days for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.

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How to Evaluate Memory Care for a Loved One with Dementia

When a senior loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a similar form of dementia, their family often struggles to determine the best way to care for them. A spouse, who may be coping with health challenges of their own, might not be able to keep up with their partner’s unique needs. Adult children might live far away or be busy with a career and family of their own.

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Verbal and Nonverbal Validation Techniques to Use When a Senior Has Dementia

The Validation Method is an empathetic way of communicating with older adults who are experiencing memory loss. Rather than redirecting your loved one or using white lies, caregivers should use Validation to step into the shoes of their loved one and truly feel the needs they are attempting to express.

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Early Warning Signs: Is a Change in Personality a Symptom of Alzheimer's?

Some early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease aren’t as obvious as others. While many people associate Alzheimer’s with forgetfulness and confusion, other signs of the disease are easier to overlook. A change in behavior is one.

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What Is Parkinson's Disease Dementia?

Actor Michael J. Fox has been on a mission to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease (PD) and how it impacts an adult’s life. He was diagnosed with PD at just 29 years of age. Since then, he has shared his challenging journey through personal appearances and his work with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which has helped many learn more about the condition.

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What Is Lewy Body Dementia?

When the topic of dementia is raised, most people think of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s does account for the majority of cases of dementia, but other types can also be life-altering for older adults and their families. One of them is Lewy body dementia (LBD).

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How to Talk with Friends and Family about a Loved One's Alzheimer's Diagnosis

When a senior loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it can leave families feeling worried and overwhelmed. Even for spouses and adult children who knew the diagnosis was likely, having it confirmed can be heart-wrenching.

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How to Adapt Social Outings and Activities to Include a Friend Who Has Alzheimer's

When a senior family member or friend has Alzheimer’s disease, helping them continue to feel connected to their social circle is important. Some researchers even believe that socializing and staying as engaged as possible may help slow the progression of the disease.

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