Category Archives : Dementia


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 […]


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 […]


Safety Tips For Caregivers Of Dementia Sufferers

Safety Tips For Caregivers Of Dementia Sufferers Within the past four days, three people were found in Central Kentucky after Golden Alerts were issued for their disappearance. All three of these people suffer from dementia. This is not the first time a Golden Alert has been connected to dementia or Alzheimer’s. Marie Smart, a Social […]


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 […]


Altered Walking May Be First Sign of Dementia

Once considered a normal aspect of the aging process, three recent studies have concluded that a slow or irregular gait could be an early sign of dementia. Data was compiled from 4,000 participants, measuring their pace, rhythm and size of step. The results, presented recently at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Vancouver, indicate that each […]