I met with Mr. D, a 59-year-old who suffered a pretty serious stroke a few months ago. He is now living back in his home after discharge from hospital. He doesn’t have a spouse. He has two kids, both out of town. Mr. D is doing quite well considering his brain injury. He needs some support in organizing his day to day activities and needs some help with reminders. [Read more…]
Navigating difficult or awkward conversations can, if not handled correctly, create conflict between caregivers and the people they are caring for. Whether it is someone caring for a relative with a disability such as a brain injury or developmental disability or an adult child caring for an aging parent, avoiding conflict or dealing with tension is a common topic we hear about. [Read more…]
Many caregivers ask, “What’s the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?”
Dementia is an umbrella term that refers to the many different types of dementia. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common type of dementia, accounting for approximately 64% of all cases in Canada. Other types of dementia include vascular dementia, Pick’s Disease, Lewy-Body and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. [Read more…]
In our January 2016 Network News, we featured an article “Stepping Over The Invisible Line!” , which addressed the ever tricky question of knowing how to tell if someone we are caring for needs more help. Once the discovery is made that more support is needed, the following question from family caregivers is often, “So now what?” [Read more…]
With trepidation, I enter the long-term care facility.
Bounding up a flight a stairs, I pause before opening the door to the second floor.
The pause is two-fold. I need to search my memory bank for the code to enter the special care unit and secondly, to take a deep breath as I prepare myself emotionally for what’s coming next. [Read more…]