Make Grandma Smile – Engagement & Activities

Logo is a lit up Grandma lightbulb. This is for Make Grandma Smile

Looking for ways to have better visits with my Mom is the genesis of the Fading Memories podcast. After two and a half years, I’ve learned a lot more about engagement. By learning how to give seniors a purpose and find things they enjoy, we go a long way into having meaningful visits. By bringing an entertainment and participation component, Make Grandma Smile is looking to standardized senior engagement and activities.

Surviving Alzheimer’s As a Well Spouse

Cover of Well Spouse

How can you survive being an Alzheimer’s caregiver and remain a well spouse? When you are experiencing sorrow, fear, frustration, agony, exhaustion, and depression, and when the level of caregiving stress makes you feel on the verge of a total breakdown, know that you are not alone. There is not the way, there is not a single right way and there is definitely no easy way. However, there are paths through this arduous task.

Navigating The Maze of Providing Care

When you’ve decided to manage care, other steps are now needed. It’s essential to develop a care philosophy, goals, and strategies for reaching the target with the patient. A plan will allow everyone involved with the care to have a clear understanding of the patient’s wishes. You’ll have a plan to deliver them.

Life on Planet Alz with Jack Cohen

Caregivers live on Planet Alz, which is a different planet than earth. When you see us walking down the street, you may think that we look normal, but we are not. We are actually on a different planet. In our world, the normal rules do not apply. Everything is unpredictable, and anything can happen at any […]

Positive Connections Create Moments of Joy

Finding joy and contentment is easier when we have positive connections with each other. Our words and actions play a significant role in determining the quality of our loved ones’ lives. Creating happy moments with my Mom was a top priority while I was caring for her. It was an elusive and challenging goal but […]

Reading & Alzheimer’s – Does It Help?

Cartoon brain reading a book

If we utilize the benefits of reading to prevent Alzheimer’s, the answer seems simple to me. Make some time daily to read both digitally and analog (or paper). By doing this, we should give our brains the benefits of both styles of reading.

Summer Reading with Gray Matters

Gray Matters & Me

Can the digital networks that record our footprints hold us steady when dementia threatens to push us off the path? The question has real stakes for data analyst Charlie Sanders, His best hope for a father succumbing to Alzheimer’s comes from assistive technology that Charlie helps design. Will Charlie keep his father and his country on track or turn a whole generation into glitches?

Am I A Caregiver?

Am I a caregiver is not likely a question most of us are asking about ourselves. By defining what a caregiver is, most of us will understand that what we’ve been doing qualifies as caregiving. Is it even essential to label ourselves in such a way? Answering that question is personal, but there are good […]

Caregiving & Employment – Make It All Work

Caregiving & Employment

Longer and longer lives are becoming the norm.  Understandably, caregiving, and employment are bound to become a clash of responsibilities. Caregivers and employers working together can avoid complicating these competing responsibilities. In the end, what’s good for the employee is good for the employer, right?

Caregivers & Employment – A Look at the Challenges

Caregiving & Employment

Caregivers & employment challenges were a big problem before Covid-19 made them worse. This is a companion article to the podcast episode Caregiving & Employment – Make it All Work. Currently, there are over 16 million Americans that require help with daily living. Most of these people get help from unpaid family members and friends. Some […]