Friday, June 29, 2012

Recommended Reading About Alzheimers

Families dealing with Alzheimers or those who might have colleagues or clients touched by Alzheimers might find the book "Still Alice" by Lisa Genova a good resource.

It is an insightful and touching portrayal of the Alzheimer's journey. This fictional story is narrated by Dr. Alice Howland who is an esteemed psychology professor at Harvard. 

Alice is almost 50 years old when the first symptoms of Alzheimer's disease emerge and the author does a wonderful job describing what is going on in Alice's head as the disease worsens. As one reviewer of the book stated, this book will inform you, it will scare you and it will change you. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Common Myth About Family Care Givers

People often think that most of the nation's elderly are cared for by nursing homes or health care institutions.  However, this is a myth!

In fact, 87% of those who need long term care receive that care from unpaid caregivers. That being the case, what can you do to make care giving easier down the road? 

The key word is “plan.”