Informational Blog Posts

Respites: A Caregiver’s Soul-Saver

Sometimes the most useful thing you can do as the caregiver for a loved one is to give yourself a break from the daily stress that comes with the role. Whether it’s taking a short-term break from the grind while a family member or friend…
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What to Do If a Loved One with Dementia Refuses to Eat

Unfortunately, refusing to eat and/or a lack of appetite is a common aspect of dementia, which can be a great source of concern and frustration for caregivers. Forcing your loved one to eat is not an option, however, since they may choke or accidentally inhale…
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Common Dementia Caregiver Mistakes

Being a caregiver for a loved one with dementia can be a difficult, complex, frustrating experience at times, especially for new caregivers. Working to avoid some of the common dementia caregiver mistakes can be a huge help, potentially saving you time, energy and resources, while…
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Essential Exercises for the Loved One with Dementia

It may not be easy to begin an exercise program with your loved one who suffers from dementia, especially if they didn’t exercise before their illness. But by gradually working safe, simple and customizable fitness activities into their daily routine, the benefits will slowly build and accrue.

Planning For Wandering

For people with dementia, wandering can be a major problem, especially if that person wanders outside of the home or away from caregivers in a public place. Whether your loved one wanders inside the home or in the open air, caregivers are advised to do all they can to minimize this potentially dangerous behavior.

Tips For Combatting Caregiver Depression

One of the struggles many caregivers deal with on a daily basis is the battle with depression, which can be caused and/or triggered by a series of factors, including isolation, loneliness, exhaustion and the seasons. Luckily there are multiple actions you can take to help combat caregiver depression.

PRESS RELEASE: Director of Caregiver Support Initiative Set to Speak on Dementia, Support Services

Director of Caregiver Support Initiative to Set to Speak on Dementia, Support Services

Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative, which provides free support services to those caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders in northern New York, will participate in two free information sessions during the month of May, hosted by the Champlain Wine Company as part of their [email protected] series, and by the Keene Valley Public Library. Dr. Richard Durant, who serves as the Initiative’s director, will describe the problem of dementia and provide information about the services available for caregivers and care receivers in the North Country via the Caregiver Support Initiative.

How Can You Protect Yourself From Health Scams?

When it comes to spotting health scams, be skeptical. Question what you see or hear in ads or online. Newspapers, magazines, movies, and radio and TV stations do not always check to make sure the claims in their ads are true or say if a…
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Online Health Information: Can You Trust It?

Many older adults share a common concern: “How can I trust the health information I get on the Internet?” There are thousands of medical websites. Some provide reliable health information. Some do not. Choosing which websites to trust for online health information is an important…
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