• Senior Moments or Something Else?

    By Robert Elmer III on September 18, 2016
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      When you work in the world that I do, there’s rarely a day that goes by that I don’t hear someone refer to one of their “senior moments.” Just to be clear, these experiences are not only very real, they are also very common. As I often do, I will remind you once again that it isn’t forgetting where […]
  • Spread the Word!

    By Robert Elmer III on August 30, 2016
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    I was prompted to begin educating formal and informal caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s years ago when I realized how many people on this journey had no understanding of this insidious disease. This, in spite of the fact that they either worked or lived in the trenches with this illness almost daily. Here it is, 16 years later and I […]
  • Be Prepared…

    By Robert Elmer III on July 17, 2016
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    How well organized are you? Are you one that’s good at planning ahead and anticipating how do deal with whatever challenges and issues that may be around the next bend? I’m sure most of you are familiar with the quote “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans.” Well, no one realizes this more than an at home caregiver […]
  • A Cure or Prevention?

    By Robert Elmer III on June 24, 2016
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    Recently PBS aired a program on Alzheimer’s research that I watched with great interest. As a lecturer and author, I’ve been asked for years if there will ever be a cure or a way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease? My answer is always short and not so sweet; prevent? yes, cure? no. The title of the program was “Alzheimer’s-Can It Be […]
  • Everybody Loves to Be Loved

    By Robert Elmer III on May 22, 2016
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    The content of his article contains mature subject matter and may not be appropriate for younger readers. The Topic? Sex and Alzheimer’s dementia. Do I really have to tell you that this is a subject that many are not at ease talking about? Many parents aren’t comfortable thinking about their grown children as sexual beings. I have a male friend […]
  • More On Behaviors

    By Robert Elmer III on May 14, 2016
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    As no two individuals with Alzheimer’s dementia are the same, no two days of caregiving are the same. Depending on the individual(s) you’re caring for, every day, may or may not present difficult challenges in dealing with their behaviors. It’s well understood that their environment will often dictate their behavior and I’ve also read where 90% of aggressive behavior is […]
  • Be Their Advocate

    By Robert Elmer III on March 14, 2016
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    Years ago, I had a family physician that I really respected because he was always so honest and direct with me. He was a very capable man whom I enjoyed having many candid conversations with. On one such occasion the topic of physician competence came up and he said something to me that I have never forgotten. “Most people think […]
  • Activities. Are You Prepared?

    By Robert Elmer III on February 29, 2016
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    It was the great Basketball Coach John Wooden who said “don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” When it comes to doing activities with your loved one(s) with Alzheimer’s type dementia, truer words have never been spoken. In traditional dementia care communities and Adult Day Centers, they’re required to provide the residents “meaningful activities.” As […]
  • Getting to Really Know You…

    By Robert Elmer III on February 7, 2016
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    As no two individuals with Alzheimer’s dementia are the same, no two days of caregiving are the same. Depending on the individual(s) you’re caring for, every day, may or may not present difficult challenges in dealing with their behaviors. It’s well understood that their environment will often dictate their behavior and I’ve also read where 90% of aggressive behavior is […]