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Dementia: Is this Dementia and What Does it Mean?


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 at Home: A Guide to Community Resources

[This new fact sheet replaces Helping Families Make Everyday Care Choices and Community Care Options, 8/11/16]


The diagnosis of a dementing illness or disabling health condition marks a new stage in your life and your family’s life. Important decisions about care arise, along with uncertainty and anxiety. Some choices might need to be made right away. Others lie ahead.

11/30: Concluding Message From Executive Director Kathleen Kelly

Yesterday's blog post (November 29, 2015) was a pictorial essay "I Am a Caregiver for my __________" with families filling in the blank with their relatives - wives, brothers, mothers, fathers, and others dear to them. Entitled Let's put a face on caregiving!, it is the faces and stories of the families Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) supports throughout the years by giving practical advice, teaching a skill, finding a resource, or just listening and acknowledging one's caregiving journey.

11/28: Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers, Caregiving With Your Siblings, and Pathways to Effective Communication for Healthcare Providers and Caregivers

Beyond the most intimate physical dimensions of providing care for a loved one, informal caregivers often struggle with the attendant issues of communication in caregiving, ranging from managing complex family relationships to establishing routines of self-care to navigating the unfamiliar dynamics of working alongside healthcare professionals.

11/27: #GivingTuesday 2015

December 1, 2015


Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)


We know that some memory loss is associated with getting older. We forget someone’s name, where we put the keys, the date. But if memory loss is becoming troublesome, and you notice that it’s happening more and more, you may have what’s known as Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

This fact sheet provides information about MCI, practical tips for coping with its effects, and suggestions for how family members or friends can help.


Vision Loss and Blindness

Nearly 3.5 million Americans over 40 have some degree of vision loss, most commonly from age-related conditions. This number is expected to double in the next few decades as the baby boomers grow older.

Most people with age-related vision loss will not become completely blind; instead they will experience partial or moderate loss of vision. They may need to develop new skills to remain self-reliant. This Fact Sheet discusses age-related vision loss and how you, as caregiver, can help your loved one adjust to the challenges.

Community Care Options


Suy giảm nhận thức nhẹ (MCI) (Mild Cognitive Impairment)

The following Fact Sheet is available as downloadable PDF document. To view and print this file you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. It is available as a free download by clicking here.

Model Programs

Programs included here were selected for their well recognized contributions to the support of families in their caregiving role. Many of these programs are considered to be authorities in their fields and have been replicated widely. In addition, programs:


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