Alzheimer’s Caregiving Tips: Driving Safety

Driving is a complicated task. Caregivers of persons with dementia often face the challenge of what do when that person is still driving.  Good drivers are alert, think clearly, and make good decisions. When a person with Alzheimer’s disease is not able to do these things, he or she should stop driving. However, he or she may not want to stop driving or have the insight to realize that there is a problem. A person with some memory loss may be able to drive safely sometimes. But he or she may not be able to react quickly when faced with a surprise on the road. Someone could get hurt or killed. [...]

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PRIDE Continues – special concerns of LGBT Caregivers

By Jed A. Levine, adapted from material by Teresa Theophano, Assistant Director of Care Management Services, SAGE In June we celebrated Pride Month and the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, the start of the modern Gay Liberation Movement. Over the past 50 years we’ve learned a lot about the special concerns of the estimated three million LGBT caregivers in the U.S. caring for a person with dementia.  And, we know these challenges remain year-round. LGBT caregivers often face unique challenges when caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia. It is important that we understand these issues a [...]

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New caregiving strategies for a new year

At CaringKind, we like to say "If you've seen one case of Alzheimer's, you've seen one case of Alzheimer's." But we also know that caregiving share some universal experiences along their Alzheimer's journey. With a new year on the horizon, it's important to remember common caregiver pitfalls and consider new approaches to those problems. Read the full article (PDF) [...]

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Holiday Gifts for Someone with Alzheimer's

Jed A. Levine President & CEO Making sure you get the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list can be tough. But shopping for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia can be even trickier. Here are some things to consider when shopping for a person who has been diagnosed and when shopping for their caregiver. Consider their capabilities: When giving a gift to someone who has Alzheimer's, it's important to consider the disease progression, their cognitive abilities and needs. Someone in the early stage may still enjoy many of the same gifts as before the diagnosis. But someone [...]

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Educate Yourself About Alzheimer’s and Dementia

It’s September and back-to-school season is in full swing. While parents have been busy getting the kids ready for the start of the school year, at CaringKind ensuring that New Yorkers have the information they need to deal with a dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis is a year-round priority. Whether you are caring for someone who has the disease; have a friend or family member about whom you’re concerned; or if you – yourself – have been recently diagnosed, in the fight against Alzheimer’s, education is a critically important “weapon.” Too often, people dismiss the importance of Alzheimer’s educ [...]

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