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Are you a part of the Sandwich Generation?

Are you a person who takes care of aging parents and your own children? If the answer is “yes,” you are considered part of the Sandwich Generation.

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Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease

If you are concerned about changes (either in yourself or in a family member) that involve memory, the ability to think, sensory perception, behavior, mood, or the ability to move that do not seem normal, talk with a doctor. . . .

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Anxiety disorders in older adults

Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. Anxiety is a normal reaction when facing a problem at work, before taking a test, or when making an important decision. . . .

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Managing safety issues when caring for older adults

Safety is an important issue in caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Even with the best-laid plans, accidents can happen. . . .

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Finding the answer to “Now what?” for your loved one — and for you

If you’re responsible for a loved one who has become dependent due to old age or a disability, “Now what?” is probably a question you ask yourself on a daily basis. . .

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My friend’s tears of joy

“Tears of joy” exclaimed my friend in reply to what I thought was a very benign question. . .

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Bathing a person who has Alzheimer’s

At some point, a person with Alzheimer’s disease will need help bathing. . .

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The kindly old lady

It was an uneventful morning as I pulled up to park my car at a suburban Chicago nursing home. . .

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Caregiver love means laughter instead of tears

…like so many other caregivers…sometimes you just have to laugh — or you might never stop crying. . .

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Letting go of caregiver responsibilities also means letting go of guilt

I’m my father’s only child. When my mother died in December 2009, there was no question as to what was to happen next. As the dutiful daughter, I invited my father to live with me and my family. On Christmas Eve, he moved in. . .

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