ElderCarelink Blog

Glen Campbell goes public about his Alzheimer’s diagnosis

by Carol Bursack
June 23rd, 2011 at 8:21 am

Alzheimer’s disease is no respecter of fame, talent or financial status. Witness the sad news that, according to MSNBC, 75-year-old Grammy winner–Glen Campbell–has announced that he’s been diagnosed with AD. Campbell is loved by his diverse fan base for his pop/country hits, but is also widely admired by guitarists for his exceptional talent on that instrument.

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Who is the worst patient? Mom or Dad?

by Judy Kirkwood
June 22nd, 2011 at 12:51 pm

My sister and I used to worry about how much harder it would be to take care of our mother when her health began to fail than it had been to take care of our father when he became frail. Our father was an easygoing kind of guy. He never said a bad word about anyone. On the other hand, we perceived our mother as quite critical and something of a perfectionist, not as easy to talk to or be with. Not as much fun.

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Hospitalizations: difficult for Alzheimer’s patients

by Carol Bursack
June 20th, 2011 at 9:03 am

We’ll never really know what happened to my dad. He went into the hospital to have a fairly simple operation. Doctors were going to insert a shunt into his brain to drain fluid building up behind scar tissue left from a World War II brain injury. Shunt insertions are considered quite safe and effective. Whether the failure was caused by Dad’s age, excessive scar tissue, a surgeon who had a bad day, the anesthetic or the trauma of hospitalization will remain a mystery, but Dad as we knew him disappeared and we brought home a man with severe dementia. He was to live in that world of dementia for a decade, before he died.

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The nursing home transition: what to expect

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
June 17th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Some caregivers don’t talk much about the transition period between an elder living at home and eventual placement in a nursing home. The silence among some in the caregiving community may speak volumes about the challenges so many of us caregivers may encounter in transitioning our elders to nursing homes.

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Preparing for tomorrow: eldercare discussions

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
June 17th, 2011 at 9:00 am

While some people tend to be proactive and plan ahead when it comes to aging and eldercare, others find themselves in a difficult situation when a crisis occurs. How often do we think it is really time to discuss planning for the future but keep putting it off? Each year, I see hundreds of families who encounter these challenging decision-making situations for the first time. A loved one may need additional care, or personal finances may be dwindling or the primary caregiver may be experiencing health issues in his or her own right.

Indeed, are we ever prepared to deal with these situations?

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