• Guilt and the Alzheimer’s Caregiver

    By Robert Elmer III on September 10, 2017
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    It’s been said that “no one can make you feel guilty without your permission.” This is especially true when it comes to caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s dementia. Recently, I came across two women, one from Massachusetts and one from Connecticut, who were really struggling with this issue. It was now time for their respective loved ones to leave home […]
  • Time to Transition? Be Proactive.

    By Robert Elmer III on August 7, 2017
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    I’m happy to share with you that I have had a very busy Spring. I spoke at a conference in Portland, Maine, to Federal Employees in Massachusetts, at another conference in Providence, in three different Senior Care communities and at the new Mystic Geriatric Institute “Senior Summit” and thankfully, there’s more ahead. These articles are often issue driven by you […]
  • The Reality of This Illness

    By Robert Elmer III on July 25, 2017
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    My wife and I watch our youngest Grand daughter a couple of afternoons a week and it’s a labor of love. She just turned “One” in March and it’s been remarkable to see how she has developed in that time. We’ve watched her weekly as she morphed from the little “tadpole” that came home from the hospital to the toddler […]
  • More About Behaviors…

    By Robert Elmer III on June 11, 2017
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    One of the most important things for any caregiver of a loved one with Alzheimer’s to remember is that they are dealing with a unique individual. Yes, they do display behaviors that they share with others but I’m constantly reminding people that “if you know one person with Alzheimer’s you know one person with Alzheimer’s.” The most common denominator that […]
  • Women…Carrying the Load

    By Robert Elmer III on May 14, 2017
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    Chapter 8 of my book, “Join the Journey-Care for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver” opens with the reminder that, in spite of what we’ve been taught, “God cannot be everywhere and that’s why he created women.” Women have always been looked on as the one’s that nurture but I wonder how many of you are aware of how big a role they […]
  • What About the Children?

    By Robert Elmer III on April 10, 2017
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    I worship the ground my daughters walk on. Their entire lives they have been an enormous source of pride. Over the years that I have worked and consulted with families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, I’ll confess that I have asked myself on more than one occasion, “what kind of impact would it have if I were to develop a diagnosis […]
  • Alzheimer’s-The Epidemic…Every Minute Counts

    By Robert Elmer III on March 6, 2017
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    If you’re in the universe of being an Alzheimer’s caregiver, you probably made a point of watching the recent show on PBS called “Alzheimer’s-Every Minute Counts.” As one who is knee deep in the field of caregiver training, as an author, lecturer and journalist you might think that there’s nothing for me to learn by watching this but such was […]
  • Grieving and the Alzheimer’s Caregiver

    By Robert Elmer III on February 5, 2017
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    Over 25 years ago Anita Curl, MSN, RN, CS wrote an article for Geriatric Nursing magazine on the subject of family grief when dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer’s. I’m aware of it all these years later because first, I’m a student of this insidious disease and the toll it takes on caregivers and secondly, the information is as […]
  • Care for The Mesothelioma Caregiver -A Contribution to the Site

    By Robert Elmer III on January 26, 2017
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    Caring for the Mesothelioma Caregiver Any terminal condition, such as Alzheimer’s disease or cancer, can be difficult to manage. Difficult diseases require a great amount of attention and care. Mesothelioma, for example, is a rare and aggressive cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Throughout the United States, an estimated 3,000 people will be diagnosed with mesothelioma this year. Unfortunately, a majority […]
  • Just a Minute of Information on… Genetic Predispositions.

    By Robert Elmer III on January 25, 2017
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    Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse for those families dealing with Alzheimer’s, 60 Minutes did a shocking segment on a family in Columbia, South America.  They profiled a family that was impacted by Alzheimers in a way none of us could imagine. They identified a genetic mutation in Chromosome #14 that not only guaranteed that person would be […]