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  • Answered by Karen Garner:

    Mom says she doesn't like her aide, but I'm burning out. Now what?

    What do I do when my mother says she does not like the aide because she is rude to her and treats her like a child. Do other people have a hard time finding a good aide? My mom needs 24/7 care and I am burning out. - Susie Susie, this is typical of your […] read more

  • 7/24

    Answered by Karen Garner:

    Is it normal to fall out of love with your spouse?

    I am the caregiver for my husband who has dementia. I've been caring for him for 3 years. He doesn't talk to me unless I say something to him; he only gives a quick answer. There is no conversation. I feel like I live with a dead person. I don't like him and I'm not […] read more

  • Answered by Karen Garner:

    My husband acts out beyond my ability to control him. What can I do?

    My husband is 93, I am 87, and he is in good physical health with 10 yrs of the disease. What can I do when he acts out beyond my ability to control his anxiety and anger? -Etta Etta, you are to be commended for taking care of your dear husband for so many years. There must […] read more

  • Answered by Karen Garner:

    A resident tries to hurt us when we visit my mom. What should I do?

    When we go to visit mom, there's a lady that tries to hurt us. It is hard not to defend yourself, and there’s not always an aide around. Suggestions? This can be dangerous and needs to be addressed right away with the facility manager. If you do not get a satisfactory response, you need to […] read more

  • 6/23

    Answered by Karen Garner:

    How can I stop Mom from saying "Help me. Help me."?

    My mom has gotten into the habit of saying "Help me. Help me" over and over again. We ask her what is wrong and she says nothing. Then goes back to saying it again. This can go on for hours. How can we stop this from happening? This is a common phrase issued by people […] read more

  • 6/19

    Answered by Karen Garner:

    How do I respond to my 82-year-old mom who thinks she has young children?

    How do I respond to my 82-year-old mom who thinks she has young children? Sometimes we have to go look for them and other times she wants to purchase clothing. There is no simple answer for dealing with a loved one who is hallucinating or having delusions. Please reassure your Mom that she is safe and you […] read more

  • Answered by Karen Garner:

    Do Alzheimer's patients feel pain?

    Do full onset Alzheimer's patients feel pain as normal patients would? My mother broke her hip yesterday and docs aren't giving her pain meds because she doesn't "seem" to be in pain. We will not be surgically repairing her hip, but I worry about her pain level. She is virtually non responsive at this point […] read more

  • Answered by Karen Garner:

    How can I get her to wash her hair?

    The lady I take care of thinks she washes her hair but she does not. How can I get her to do that?- Betsey Without more background information, it is hard to give you specific guidelines. But some general suggestions are to make washing her hair more of a game. Or you could keep track […] read more

  • 5/18

    Answered by Karen Garner:

    Why is mom putting her dinner in a plastic bag?

    My mum has dementia and has recently been putting her dinners in a plastic bag and showing my dad an empty plate. Why would she do this? -Jeanette It is very common for dementia patients to stop eating. There are many speculations and many reasons why this may be occurring with your Mom. Food may […] read more

  • Answered by Karen Garner:

    Mom suddenly wants my sister-in-law out of her house. Will this pass?

    My mother has decided that my sister-in-law (her primary caregiver) is evil and she wants her out of the house. My brother and his family have lived with my mom since they were first married (16 years). Mom does not remember that SIL (sister-in-law) is married to my brother. She expresses complete loathing for my […] read more

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