Lessons Learned From Living With a Disability

You can’t really understand it until it happens to you, but there is a lot to think about when you live with a disability. I wouldn’t know if it hadn’t happened to me, but it did, so I am passing my wisdom onto you readers. There are a lot of misconceptions about disabled people, and I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know everything, but I will share with you what I know. I don’t have a disability, but I live with someone who does....more
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Caregiver Island: My Family Won't Help Me Take Care of My Mother

I write this anonymously, but I have to confess: A lot of times I feel like I have no family support. I'm not talking about social services or the help from the family I live with. Their help is tremendous. No, I'm talking about my immediate family. Most days I feel alone out here on Caregiver Island....more
Heartbreaking and honest. Thank you for sharing and I am sorry for your struggles. Acceptance is ...more

Hideaways

Hideaways     I wrote this post three years ago while caring for my mother.  She has since passed away but going through my older posts I thought it might be a nice one for caregivers to read to help you through the difficult days.  I know how hard it was at times.  We all need hideaways sometimes. Most mornings I wake at 4:30 and enjoy my ...more

I FOUND MY ALZHEIMER'S VOICE

Rena McDaniel-The Diary of an Alzheimer's Caregiver Part 9 Caregiver Series How We Got Here...more

New study finds seniors' brains function better in the morning

I'd heard that Alzheimer's patients often experience "sundowning" - the term for mental decline at the end of the day, but new evidence says it's more than that. The new study says older adults perform better on cognitive tests in the morning. According to the lead author of the research, older adults are more focused and can better ignore distractions during th emorning. In the afternoon, seniors showed signs of "idling" when researchers studied their brains with fMRIs....more

It’s the End of the World As We Know It (I'm Working On Feeling Fine)

In the R.E.M. song, ‘It’s the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)’, Michael Stipe sang, “offer me solutions and offer me alternatives and I decline”. As a caregiver, I feel like that sometimes there is a lack of useful caregiver resources out there. It only leads me to frustration, feeling even more caregiver isolation....more

Caring for Children and Aging Parents

If you are like us, you have a little one running around your home.  While our grandmother often appreciates my son saying hello, giving hugs and showing her his new toys, she doesn’t enjoy it as much when he launches himself over the couch and on to her lap, or when he runs by and crashes into her. What to do?  Here are some of our solutions that we hope might be helpful! ...more

The Birth of a Caregiver Part 1

Rena McDaniel-The Diary of an Alzheimer's Caregiver http://www.thediaryofanalzheimerscaregiver.com/2014/06/birth-caregiver...more

Mom's Great Escape

Rena McDaniel-The Diary of an Alzheimer's Caregiver Grandma on the far left, other relatives, my Grandpa on the far right and mom just over his left shoulder in black. ...more