• Celebratory Overload? Be Careful…

    By Robert Elmer III on November 11, 2018
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    I’m sure it’s the same everywhere but for some reason the Holiday season in New England is very special for me, magical if you will.  From the wonderful Thanksgivings that we’ve hosted, surrounded by our two incredible daughters, their husbands and three beautiful granddaughters, to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and all that happens in between, it’s something I look […]
  • Anosognosia-Another Important Symptom

    By Robert Elmer III on October 14, 2018
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    I know I’m dating myself but some of you may remember the 50’s t.v show “You Bet Your Life.” It was hosted by the comical Groucho Marx with the help of his sidekick George Fenneman and one of the aspects of the show was the “Secret Word.” “Say the secret word and the duck comes down and you win $50.00. […]
  • Behaviors or Reactions?

    By Robert Elmer III on September 9, 2018
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    When I lecture, there are three things I try to impress on everyone. Regardless if they’re formal or informal caregivers of one with Alzheimer’s/dementia they need to always remember the following. The number one thing your loved ones are looking to you for is to feel safe. Number two, you can’t reason with someone that has literally lost the ability […]
  • How Are You Doing With Taking Care of You?

    By Robert Elmer III on August 12, 2018
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    Over the years I have been sharing with you how important it is for you to take care of you. Being a caregiver, any kind of caregiver is challenging to say the least and if you are in the world of Alzheimer’s caregiving, I can hear you saying, “tell me something I don ’t know.” This progressive illness presents obstacles […]
  • Important Steps for a Smooth Transition from Home.

    By Robert Elmer III on July 15, 2018
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    So here you are at the end of your caregiving rope. You’ve done it by the book and you’re proud of the job you’ve done on behalf of your loved one with Alzheimer’s. You read the books, gone to caregiver conferences, engaged the family, brought in outside help, used the day care center and joined a support group. All that […]
  • Do Your Homecare Homework

    By Robert Elmer III on June 17, 2018
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    When I first began writing these articles five years ago, I was asked by my Editor if I would have enough material to sustain them? Today, I write for six newspapers and I’m a long way from running out of valuable information to share with you.  Often my topics are driven by situations and circumstances that occur to those I’m […]
  • A Submission from The Sleep Institute

    By Robert Elmer III on May 17, 2018
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    Introduction It’s often assumed that the elderly have different sleep needs than younger adults, but in truth, sleep needs don’t change in adulthood. At any age, those precious 7-9 hours per night are still what’s required to be rested and ready for the day. But just because older adults need the same amount of sleep doesn’t mean that they don’t […]
  • A Reality of Dementia Caregiving

    By Robert Elmer III on May 13, 2018
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    The following is an actual post from the public “Chatboard” on the Alzheimer’s Associations web site, www.alz.org.  “It is with a very heavy heart and a sense of failure that I am moving forward to place my Mom in Memory Care.  Mom was diagnosed four years ago and she lives with my husband and I. We both still work and […]
  • Caregiving-Not Always Their Ministry

    By Robert Elmer III on April 8, 2018
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    Many of you that have read my book, heard me speak, read these articles or hear my Memory Care Minutes on radio are aware that there are over 15 million informal or unpaid caregivers of those with dementia in this country. With that number in mind, ask yourself, how many of them were put on this earth to actually be […]
  • Concerns with Ground Transportation

    By Robert Elmer III on March 11, 2018
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    In one of my previous articles, I talked about traveling with your loved one who has Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. One area I focused on was dealing with the challenges of an airport. Today we’re going to talk about local transportation. Most of my life, I’ve been guilty of being “my brother’s keeper.” In my capacity as […]