Middle-Stage Caregiving

This is my current stage of caregiving. My mom has moderate Alzheimer’s. Here I share my stories of the progression of the disease and the progression of my caregiving response. In addition, I provide tips and tricks that fit middle-stage caregiving and share the resources that help me with my caregiving journey.

Caregiving For Unexpected Dementia Behaviors

Caregiving For Unexpected Dementia Behaviors

Good Morning Everyone - or maybe afternoon, depending on when you are reading this ;). Jumping right into my topic today, I wanted to let you know that last week's caregiving journey was rough. There were a lot of emotions and a lot of unexpected dementia behaviors....

How To Respond To Alzheimer’s Surprises

How To Respond To Alzheimer’s Surprises

Alzheimer's is unpredictable and surprising, as all caregivers know. The changes in behaviors can catch us by surprise. It never fails when I think I have a handle on things, Alzheimer's will surprise me by how something that used to be simple now has to be...

Caregiver Fatigue: The Day I Lost My Patience

Caregiver Fatigue: The Day I Lost My Patience

I'm sure during your caregiving journey, you have heard about "caregiver fatigue." Well, a few months ago, my caregiver fatigue hit hard. The impact of multiple culminating events lead to my worst young caregiver day, and I completely lost my patience. The calm...

Making Sense out of Nonsense

Making Sense out of Nonsense

Being a young caregiver for Alzheimer's and dementia is challenging - as you already know. It feels like a bad book that I can't put down, and I am forced to read, partake, to envelop myself. Over the past month or so, my mom has progressed with Alzheimer's, losing...

The Humor of Alzheimer’s: Lost Phone

The Humor of Alzheimer’s: Lost Phone

Hi caregivers! This is my first post about the humor you can find in Alzheimer's. There are many Alzheimer's moments that are sad and heartbreaking. But every once in awhile caregivers and Alzheimer's loved ones get the chance to share humor as part of this disease. I...

Top 5 Popular Activities from An Activity Director

Top 5 Popular Activities from An Activity Director

Hi Role Reversers! I wanted to focus this post on activities. Not the daily living kind--the fun kind! When I was an activity director (mentioned in my about me page) for a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF or nursing home), activities were the time fillers. It was a...