Category Archives : Alzheimer’s


Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress for Seniors and Caregivers

  November 01, 2010 The holidays can be both exciting and stressful, especially as aging family members hit new milestones and life changes, altering the dynamics of cherished traditions. As family dynamics shift with time, keeping the holidays light and festive requires ever more forethought and planning. Homewatch CareGivers offers these tips for bringing joy […]


Choosing to Accept the Changes Dementia Brings

Choice is a luxury and usually a gift.  As a caregiver to a loved one, the absence of choice is a difficult concept to grasp when you are accustomed to the illusion of choice and control in your life. It is earth- shaking to have circumstance thrust upon you, pushing you towards decisions that may […]


My Life with Alzheimer’s and the Gift of My Friend Jean

I always say, if you’ve met one person with Alzheimer’s—then you’ve met one person with Alzheimer’s. Many people don’t realize how each individual has a unique experience with the disease—unique symptoms, a unique path to diagnosis and unique needs. November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregiver Month, and as a member […]


Old Age or Something More? Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

Old Age or Something More? Symptoms of Alzheimer’s By Jeffrey VanWingen M.D. Many of my patients come to me concerned about their memory.  They can’t remember names.  They are forgetful in their day-to-day tasks.  This often begins a cascade of worry culminating in the question, “Do I have Alzheimer’s Disease?”  With little variation, my answer […]


My Mother’s Brain: love in the times of dementia

The story Late in 2008, while I took a class at our health club, my husband spent time with my mother at the pool. After class, I found them sitting together by the water. They looked morose. “What happened?” I asked. My husband explained that he had placed Mom “under house arrest” because she was […]


Becoming ‘parent of your parent’ an emotionally wrenching process

By Mindy Fetterman, USA TODAY First you get phone calls that seem kind of strange. Mom is quitting her bridge club because “they think I’m stealing from them.” A week later, she mentions an old boyfriend from the war who’s coming to take her to dinner. You think, OK, it could be true. Then the […]


Alzheimer’s Disease – Lee’s Story

In 2008, at the age of 62, I was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease(also known as early-onset Alzheimer’s). Not long after, I retired after serving 23 years as the President/CEO of the Private Industry Council (PIC) of San Luis Obispo County. While I thought I was functioning well, there were ample signs a few years […]