• 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 […]
  • Just a Minute of Information on… Mild Cognitive Impairments.

    By Robert Elmer III on January 25, 2017
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    It’s hard for me to have a conversation with anyone these days without hearing about someones “Senior moments.”  I want you to know that those senior moments are perfectly normal. As I’m sure you’ve heard many times, it’s not forgetting where the care keys are, it’s forgetting what the car keys are for. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be […]
  • Resolutions for Better Caregiving

    By Robert Elmer III on January 8, 2017
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    Someone once said.”If at first you don’t succeed, your running about normal.” I can think of no more appropriate application of that quote than when it applies to formal and informal caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease. Since I began writing these articles, broadcasting my “Memory Care Minutes” and lecturing, I’m stunned by the number of people that have approached […]
  • Seasonal Reminders

    By Robert Elmer III on December 19, 2016
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    The other evening, I received a telephone call from someone that had just read my book, Join the Journey-Care for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver. He had been dealing with his father who was struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and he wanted to compliment me on my advice in two of the Chapters that focused on The Holidays. Unfortunately, he commented that he […]