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Families, Tech and Caregiving Webinar Archives Now Available

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How Emerging Technologies Can Help Caregiving Families

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Dementia: Is this Dementia and What Does it Mean?

Introduction

What does it mean when someone is said to have dementia? For some people, the word conjures up scary images of “crazy” behavior and loss of control. In fact, the word dementia describes a group of symptoms that includes short-term memory loss, confusion, the inability to problem-solve, the inability to complete multi-step activities such as preparing a meal or balancing a checkbook, and, sometimes, personality changes or unusual behavior.

Caregiving 101: On Being a Caregiver


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Mom Didn’t Care for Caregiving

In 2005, my Mom was in the beginning stage of Alzheimer’s disease, but none of us knew anything about that disease. After reflecting about this part of her nine year journey through Alzheimer’s, my entire family has agreed that even though Mom didn’t want help that first year, we should not have allowed her to live by herself as long as she did.

My role as a daughter was changing fast and it wasn’t easy for me to impose rules or interject authority into Mom’s life. I had to learn how to do that. It wasn’t natural, but nothing at all is natural about Alzheimer’s disease.

Calls From Betty

My journey of becoming a caregiver for my Mom started very, very slowly. I didn't know anything about Alzheimer's disease. It took me a long time to learn what was happening to her. This is the very beginning of my caregiving story . . .

When I was growing up, Betty and her family lived right across the street and our families were always the best of friends. We would run over to say a quick hello or borrow some sugar for making a pie.

I am a Caregiver for my ______.

 

Let’s put a face on caregiving!

“I am a Caregiver for my ______.”

 

Who is a Caregiver at the Age of 20? Advice From a Young Caregiver

I was 19 years old when my Mom was diagnosed with Metastatic Small Cell Lung Cancer, which had a low survival rate. I was in my second semester of college so the idea of caregiving was not exactly making sense to me. Who is a caregiver at the age of 20? That’s for older people! However, little did I know it was for people of all ages. There are caregivers that are 16, 15, 17. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would caregive at 20. I am going to be honest and blunt for anyone that is the same age as me and is caregiving their single parent: It is not easy.

Bringing the Technology Revolution to Caregiving

Sep 17, 2015, 10:32 AM, Posted on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health blog, by David Adler

 

FCA’s annual Claremont Caregiver Respite Retreat: Thank you Richard Essey!

For over 10 years FCA has coordinated a special respite retreat for the agency’s caregiver clients. The retreat is generously sponsored by former caregiver, philanthropist, and chairman of TemPositions, Richard Essey.

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