• When Is It Time?

    By Robert Elmer III on September 13, 2020
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    Join the Journey- What to Do and When to Do It? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched or read about an informal at home caregiver of a loved one with dementia that “threw in the towel.” In spite of their best efforts, they finally realized that they could no longer meet the demands of caregiving. Believe me […]
  • Those Amazing Informal Caregivers

    By Robert Elmer III on August 9, 2020
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    According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2020 Facts and Figures Report, family members and friends provided nearly $244 billion in unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias last year. These individuals are blessings to their loved one(s). They’re dealing with another persons “health needs and well being.” This can include bathing, dressing, possibly feeding as well as shopping, […]
  • Is Alzheimer’s or Another Type of Dementia?

    By Robert Elmer III on July 12, 2020
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    During my years of lecturing, one of the facts that I always include in my presentations is that Alzheimer’s is dementia but dementia is not always Alzheimer’s. Although Alzheimer’s disease makes up anywhere from 60 to 80% of all dementia, thanks to the help from The Alzheimer’s Association 2020 Facts and Figures Report, today we’re going to explore some of […]
  • Why Join the Journey?

    By Robert Elmer III on June 14, 2020
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    It’s a Wednesday morning in the Assisted Living Community that I managed. There’s nothing exceptionally challenging on my agenda on this day and “God is in his heaven and all appears to be right with the world.” As I head down to one of our main activity rooms, I’m called into one of the suites by one of my residents. […]
  • No Time for Shame and Blame

    By Robert Elmer III on May 10, 2020
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    Recently, I was invited to work with a family on behalf of their father who had a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s dementia. Two sons and a daughter were all on board with wanting and needing to know more about what dad was going through, would be going through and what they would need to do to be prepared. After our introductions, […]
  • The Pandemic and Your Emotions

    By Robert Elmer III on April 24, 2020
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    “Hope. The feeling that you have that the feeling that you have, will go away.” Depending how particular people deal with things in a crisis, these can be some very anxious days we are in. I’d even venture to say that even the coolest amongst us are concerned about how the Covid-19 virus could impact their family and their community. […]
  • Helpful Tips for Caregivers

    By Robert Elmer III on March 21, 2020
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    I do a great deal of lecturing and training to a number of individuals from all walks of life. Many are informal, at home, caregivers while others may be professional caregivers like Nurses and yes, doctors, as well as those who simply want to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease “just in case.” I’m aware that many may already have a […]
  • Celebrations and Holidays

    By Robert Elmer III on March 21, 2020
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    As is my custom this time of year, I make it a point to remind everyone that is in the Alzheimer’s caregiving role how important it is to be prepared for the Holidays. The truth be told, the things I’m going to be sharing with you today you can use year around whenever a big gathering is on the agenda. […]
  • A Wolf By The Ears?

    By Robert Elmer III on March 21, 2020
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    It was Thomas Jefferson that said, “slavery is like having a wolf by the ears; you don’t like it much but you don’t dare let go.” Experience has taught me that there are many of you out there that feel the same way about care giving. There are over 40 million unpaid caregivers in this country and as I have […]
  • Facts and Stats

    By Robert Elmer III on March 21, 2020
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    Every year, the Alzheimer’s Association releases a report on the impact of Alzheimer’s dementia in this country. As you would expect, the information it contains is compelling . As I work regularly with formal and informal caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia, I was drawn to the section of the report that deals with them specifically. Although I […]