Changing the Future of All Minds

Who is caring for the estimated 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease? Over 15.9 million family and friends are providing over 18 billion hours of unpaid care to their loved ones with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. While no caregiver’s experience is the same as any one else’s, one thing is certain: there is an emotional, physical, and financial cost to everyone involved.

Here we offer helpful strategies and resources, and share inspiring stories by and about caregivers.

Caring for Your Mother When You’re Trying to Become One

By Ann Campanella When I was 33, I learned that life can change direction when you least expect it. My husband Joel and I had moved from Houston to North Carolina to be closer to my parents, who were in their 70s and lived on the coast. We were excited about starting...

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‘Somebody I Used to Know’: Outwitting Alzheimer’s

Excerpted with permission from the new book Somebody I Used to Know by Wendy Mitchell. Published by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York.Copyright © 2018 by Wendy Mitchell. All rights reserved. BY WENDY...

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10 Simple Ideas Working Dementia Caregivers Wish They Embraced Sooner

Caregivers on double-duty are perpetually exhausted and frequently report feeling like they are not doing anything quite “right.” Managing both career and the needs of someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia can feel impossible, especially on days when there’s an unexpected late meeting at work or dad has eloped from his assisted living community.

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Forgiveness: A Relationship Transformed

BY ANNE VON OEHSEN/SUZY LAFORGE “Please let me do it, so I can call it my own,” my mother spoke emphatically after I made the mistake of taking hold of her paintbrush. Sitting at my kitchen table, she was putting the finishing touches on a painting of a cerulean blue...

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Art and Alzheimer’s: Making Memories Matter

By Nicole Columbo Art was the tool that created lasting memories of spending time with my Grandma Audrey, who had Alzheimer's disease. I treasure those memories and shared experiences today. I have been involved with promoting Alzheimer's awareness for a few years and...

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Connecting Creatively with Alzheimer’s

By Erica Hornthal, LCPC, BC-DMT Connection can be challenging when Alzheimer’s is in the picture. Traditional methods of communication are affected and it is often on the care partner, family, or healthcare staff to adapt and create meaningful moments of engagement....

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College Students Launch Effort to Ease Caregiver Burden

BY LINDSAY WILKES-EDRINGTON In a nation in need of more caregivers, what could be possible if we got more college students involved? That’s the question Nihal Satyadev, the CEO and Co-Founder of the Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s, asks himself every day. It’s also...

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A Caregiver’s Guide to Socializing with Your Loved One

BY JENNIFER L. FITZPATRICK, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP “How was your day, Mom?” When a loved one with a dementia diagnosis resides in a nursing home or an assisted living community, caregivers often struggle during their visits. Well-meaning caregivers typically attempt to have...

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Documentary to Showcase the Power of Music to Mend Minds

BY LINDSAY WILKES-EDRINGTON Music has been proven to have a powerful effect on those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, helping boost brain activity and bring back old memories. Now, a new documentary is set to profile one group of individuals who have joined a band to...

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The Best Steps to Take When Mom Doesn’t Remember

BY TRACY LAYDEN Seeing mom struggle with Alzheimer’s and memory loss is not an easy thing. Being a caregiver requires an incredible amount of patience and strength, but there are things you can do to make it a little easier. Practice Responding in Helpful Ways You may...

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How Loss Strengthened My Faith in Love

BY SALLY QUINN Architect of Change Sally Quinn is a veteran Washington Post reporter and the wife of the late Ben Bradlee, the paper’s legendary former executive editor. In her new book Finding Magic, Sally bravely opens her heart and shares what it was like to...

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How Music Can Boost Your Loved One’s Brain Activity

BY TRACY LAYDEN  Music is fun to listen to – and our brains love it. For your loved one, music can be key to unlocking hard-to-reach parts of their brain to reveal hidden memories and emotional connections. Bring back old memories with familiar music. Our brains...

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How Tech Could Transform Memory Loss Care for Seniors

BY TRACY LAYDEN  Between misplacing keys and forgetting names, we’ve all had our share of memory loss. But when Mom starts experiencing the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s, the usual memory techniques may no longer be enough. There is no magical cure-all for memory...

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Building a Network When You Feel Lost in the Woods

When you’re lost in the woods, the best thing to find is a friend who knows where the path is, knows where the clearings are, knows how to build a fire to keep you warm, how to forage for food, can take your hand and say, “Let me show you the way.”

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What Caregivers Really Want Their Friends to Know

The truth is, caring for aging parents is an experience that’s hard to relate to unless you’re going through it. None of us can easily imagine just what life is like with a parent who needs help doing the simplest things like eating, getting in and out of bed or god forbid, going to the bathroom.

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Taking Care of the Caretaker

“I think it’s time to realize that there are problems for which there are no good solutions. I want to honor the caretakers who give it all they’ve got and decide they have to take action to save themselves, even if it disappoints them in their own eyes.”

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Help for Caregivers at the End of Their Rope

“I think it’s time to realize that there are problems for which there are no good solutions. I want to honor the caretakers who give it all they’ve got and decide they have to take action to save themselves, even if it disappoints them in their own eyes.”

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