Alzheimer’s Disease

Caregiver Wisdom: Answering . . . and Answering Again

(from a Letter to the husband caregiver of a wife with Alzheimer’s Disease) 

I’d be surprised if there’s anyone [caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease] who hasn’t experienced the endlessly repetitive questions.

Your wife asks the same question again and again because she does not remember you’ve just answered it―or even that she has ever asked it before.  But for some reason she does remember it’s important to her to know the answer, so she asks.  Because she knows she can depend on you to know the answer.

Caregiver Wisdom: Don’t Take it Personally

Family Caregiver Alliance

As a caregiver, you may learn that things change in the relationship between you and the loved one for whom you care. For example, you may learn that the father you’re caring for is more willing to engage in activities when they involve other people, and less willing to do so when they involve you—when it was never this way before his illness. One caregiver’s personal response to this particular situation. . . .

The Fearless Caregiver

(above, left) My mother on her 90th birthday, October 3, 2013. (above, right) The entire Foulkes family - My mother (Clemonteese), my late father (Arthur) and me (Roland), taken in Christmas, December, 1987, six months after my father's diagnosis of, and surgery for, Metastatic Colon Cancer and six months prior to Arthur's death on May 18th, 1988. The black & white inset photo is of our family in 1956 when I was six months old.

Effects of a home environmental skill-building program on caregivers and care recipients

Citation Corcoran, M., et al. (2003). Effects of the home environmental skill-building program on the caregiver-care recipient dyad: 6-month outcomes from the philadelphia REACH initiative. The Gerontological Society of America, 43 (4), 532 - 546.

Design Randomized controlled

AoA Announces Availability of Approximately $2.25 Million for Lifespan Respite Care Programs

AoA Announces Availability of Approximately $2.25 Million for Lifespan Respite Care Programs

The deadline to apply is June 7, 2010


Gilbert Awards 2008: Recipients

The Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease
Caregiving Legacy Awards: 2008 Awardees


Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) and The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation are pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards.

Here But Not Here—Finding Hope When a Loved One Has Memory Loss

(Aired on: November 14, 2007)

Making Hard Choices: Respecting Both Voices

Findings from a groundbreaking research study exploring choice and decision-making in everyday care for persons with cognitive impairment and their family caregivers. The study makes policy and practice recommendations to advance knowledge on consumer direction and dementia care.

Publication available in hardcopy only.


Mom was the matriarch of the family and basically raised all four of us children by herself, since my Dad worked nights. She ruled with an iron hand and domineered over every aspect of our lives.

My Dad noticed her repeating herself 8 years ago, shortly before he died. Within a couple of years, even though she was still living by herself, I noticed her memory deteriorating.

Guia del cuidador para entender la conducta de los pacientes con demencia (Caregiver’s Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors)

El cuidado de un ser querido que padezca de demencia plantea muchas dificultades a las familias y a los cuidadores. Los pacientes con demencia provocada por la enfermedad de Alzheimer u otros trastornos similares presentan un deterioro cerebral progresivo que les hace cada vez más difícil acordarse de las cosas, pensar con claridad, comunicarse con los demás o atender a su propia persona. Además, la demencia puede provocar variaciones súbitas del estado de ánimo e incluso cambiar la personalidad y la conducta del paciente.


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