• 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 […]
  • Let Me Tell You About My Friend Ed

    By Robert Elmer III on February 11, 2018
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    It was October 1967. After boot camp at Great Lakes and three months of specialized training at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, I reported on board the USS Kitty Hawk, CVA-63, in San Diego. When I arrived at North Island, she was out at sea qualifying pilots for carrier duty. She usually went out a week at a time and would return […]
  • Do You Really Know Whom You’re Caring For?

    By Robert Elmer III on December 11, 2017
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    We’ve all heard the expression “walk a mile in their shoes” or try to see things from their point of view. If you’re a formal or informal caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementia you need to be doing this daily. I recently took an on-line course with Jolene Brackey of Purdue University and she shared some insights that […]
  • Those Invaluable Caregivers

    By Robert Elmer III on November 12, 2017
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    When you consider that the name of my company is “Care for Caregivers,” it’s pretty easy to figure out what our focus is. I’ve been saying it for years; if you’re an informal or “at home” caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementia you’re my hero. I recently spoke at a Conference in Connecticut and had the opportunity to […]
  • Look for Caregiver That Understand The Illness.

    By Robert Elmer III on October 8, 2017
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    My specialty is educating caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s dementia to better understand what is happening and why. Although I’m capable of having a conversation with you about the clinical side of this topic, I’ll leave that to the medical experts. In my travels, I’ve come across countless numbers of “at home” caregivers that are in a serious learning curve. […]