How can I get my mother to stop worrying about this non-threatening medical issue?

My mom is in a nursing home and developing a little dementia for the first time. The doctors found that she had a small abdominal aneurysm at 3.2 cm but not enough to worry about now. I made the mistake of telling my mom. She doesn’t understand anything except that… Read More

How can I get my friend’s children more involved in his Alzheimer’s care?

I am caring for a friend that has Alzheimer’s. I work 46 to 56 hours a week as a senior caregiver for a sweet 92-year-old lady. My friend is progressing. I call him every morning to make sure he takes his meds and go out to his house every evening… Read More

How will I know when my mother needs full-time care?

My mom has dementia, and I have been taking care of her. I live on one side of her and my brother live on the other. Someday she is really bad with her dementia and other day she is not that bad. How will I know that she needs someone… Read More

How can we prepare for the further decline of my mother’s memory?

My 91-year-old mother has been living in the moment for the past six months, and now she is not remembering us being at her home, and forgetting the children. She lives in her own home, but we have someone with her for about four hours a day. We always spend… Read More

How can I move my daughter closer to me, without going behind her back or losing her trust?

My daughter was diagnosed as early memory loss at 54. Now she is at beginning of middle stage at 59. An opportunity came to get a condo unit closer and we were told to just move her, apologize and go on from there. We prefer not to go behind her… Read More

Mom is making a constant groan, hum, growl, sigh noise. It gets very loud at night and it drives us nuts. Help!

Mom is making a constant groan, hum, growl, sigh noise. It gets very loud at night and it drives us nuts. It never stops except when she sleeps. Help! I can understand your frustration. Here are a few questions and considerations. Is it really constant? Usually I find that this… Read More

Father has been attending an Alzheimer’s day program for almost a year, and all of a sudden he has become upset with one of the workers at the program!

Father has been attending an Alzheimer’s day program for almost a year, and all of a sudden he has become upset with one of the workers at the program! He just becomes so upset when she comes anywhere near hear and wants her gone! Any help why this would happen… Read More

I have a grandmother that is struggling with dementia and alcohol abuse.

I have a grandmother that is struggling with dementia and alcohol abuse. Within the last year things have escalated with her behavior. She has gotten verbally and physically abusive. My mother and other family members are hesitant to find her treatment. All of our family is in denial and no… Read More

What are your suggestions for taking care of a loved one during a weather emergency?

We recently went through an ice storm with loss of power for 4 days. My mom, who has Alzheimer’s, did not fare well. She was more confused and it seemed to take a lot out of her. What are your suggestions for taking care of a loved one during a… Read More

My husband, a retired physician, was diagnosed with frontal temporal dementia and while his speech can be generally good he gets tongue tied, can’t find words, can’t use the phone, watch TV, read, or remember events at all.

Frontal temporal dementia is one of the toughest dementias. It is the only dementia that impacts more men than women and the peak age is 55–65. As you describe, it can impact language and personality and create a demanding caregiving situation. Read More