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Coping with the Holidays for Caregivers

Written and Compiled by Rachel Harding, MSW, Alzheimer’s Family Services PRN Social Worker Holidays are bittersweet for many Alzheimer’s disease caregivers. The happy memories of the past contrast with the difficulties of the present, and extra demands on time and energy can seem overwhelming. Finding a balance between rest and activity can help. Here are some […]

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Got Regrets?

Have you ever been laying in bed at night, sitting in your office, driving down the road and have something that you said or did come back to your memory? I have worked with many patients in the past that after receiving the news of their diagnosis, they begin to think about the past more […]

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A life well planned!

Submitted by Amy Stamey, Community Educator, Pensacola Branch I am a proud American, a proud American by choice.  I, like my fellow immigrants, journeyed to this land, bringing the history, culture and identity from another country; embracing the Land of the Free and calling it home. On September 14th 2012 I swore in as an […]

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Reaching Out to Others as a Full-Time Caregiver

Reaching Out to Others as a Full-Time Caregiver Rachel Harding, MSW Social Worker, Alzheimer’s Family Services Whether you are caring for your loved one in your home, helping care for them in their home, or making regular visits to their new home at an assisted living or nursing facility, there will most likely come a […]

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Beginning the Conversation

As baby boomers, those born between 1945 and 1964, start to enter retirement, they have begun to realize that their parents are sharing the blessing of a longer lifespan. It’s a fact that more and more of us as adults, and some of us retired, will be caring for our elderly parents.    Most of […]

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Caregiver Activity: How to Encourage Healthy Eating

Mealtimes are a time for family and friends to spend time with one anther and share. However, when caring for someone with dementia, mealtimes can become stressful for the person with dementia and their caregiver. A person with dementia may find eating difficult. Loss of appetite, loss of memory and problems with judgment can cause […]

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Advanced Directives and the Bride-to-be?

Did you know that less than 50% of terminally ill patients studied had advanced directives? Each year, Covenant Hospice partners with the National Healthcare Decisions Day initiative to educate and inform about the importance of advanced directives during the month of April. I was recently reflecting upon the many opportunities we captured to help spread the word about […]

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Coping during the Holidays

Immediately after the loss of a loved one, all of the emotions seem overwhelming.  As time passes, the pain may seem to ease and our feelings might soften a bit.  Just when many of us think we are coping well, events or reminders can take us immediately back to the intense feelings of grief and […]

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It’s time to talk…

The “hospice” conversation.  It’s a conversation that doctors and patients alike often fear.  According to a recent study, most physicians often postpone the conversation, and the reluctancy to have end-of-life talks is well-documented.  Talking about options for end-of-life care in the earlier stages of a life-limiting illness affords the patient and family the opportunity to […]

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