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New Tools for Financial Caregivers in Illinois

Upcoming webinar: Tools for Financial Caregivers in Illinois January 12, 2017 2:00-3:00 p.m. Central Time Millions of Americans are managing money or property for a loved one who is unable to pay bills or make financial decisions. These financial caregivers may be agents under a power of attorney, guardians of property or other fiduciaries. ToContinue reading “New Tools for Financial Caregivers in Illinois”

Talking with Children about Alzheimer’s disease

When a family member has Alzheimer’s disease, it affects everyone in the family, including children and grandchildren. Talking with children is important. How much and what kind of information you share depends on the child’s age and relationship to the person with Alzheimer’s. Here are some tips to help kids understand what is happening: •Continue reading “Talking with Children about Alzheimer’s disease”

Communication Strategies for Caregivers

As a caregiver, you might feel impatient when the person with Alzheimer’s struggles to find words or forgets what they want to say. Here are some ways to communicate more effectively with your loved one: • Ask questions that require a yes or no answer. For example, you could say, “Are you tired?” instead ofContinue reading “Communication Strategies for Caregivers”

Preparing Guests Visiting for the Holidays

Preparing for the holidays is stressful. If you are caring for someone with dementia, you may also need to prepare guests for how to visit with your loved one. Explain to guests that the person with dementia may not always remember what is expected and acceptable. Here are some other tips for successful visits: •Continue reading “Preparing Guests Visiting for the Holidays”

Healthy People 2020 National Snapshots for Dementias including Alzheimer’s (DIA)

Healthy People 2020 added national public health measures concerning dementia for the first time.  Recently, a national snapshot was created to document the current state of achieving the national public health goals regarding awareness of a dementia diagnosis and preventable hospitalizations in persons with a dementia.  The figures can be found on the Health PeopleContinue reading “Healthy People 2020 National Snapshots for Dementias including Alzheimer’s (DIA)”


Talking about brain health does not have to be scary. If you’ve been noticing changes in an adult in your life, it may be time to talk about brain health. Download the #TalkBrainHealth tool kit for an easy-to-follow guide for you and others who help you to provide care. The toolkit was developed by theContinue reading “#TalkBrainHealth”

Tips for making a hospital stay easier

A trip to the hospital can be stressful for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their caregivers. Here are some ways caregivers can make a hospital visit easier: Help hospital staff understand the person’s normal functioning and behavior. Tell the doctor immediately if the person seems suddenly worse or different. Share the load—ask friends andContinue reading “Tips for making a hospital stay easier”

Dementia and End of Life Decision-Making

Making care decisions for a person with dementia near the end of life can be hard for caregivers. Because people with advanced dementia can no longer communicate clearly, they cannot share their wishes and concerns. You may have to make treatment decisions based on the person’s comfort at one end of the spectrum and extendingContinue reading “Dementia and End of Life Decision-Making”

Support Options for Long-Distance Caregivers

Many people find themselves caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia from far away. This task can feel especially frustrating as Alzheimer’s progresses and makes it harder to communicate. Here are some ways to find support and manage your stress: Join a caregiver support group in your community or online. Check out the EldercareContinue reading “Support Options for Long-Distance Caregivers”