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This collection of caregiver article excerpts includes the importance of knowing about the risks of falling; Genworth’s ...
03/28/2024

This collection of caregiver article excerpts includes the importance of knowing about the risks of falling; Genworth’s interactive cost of care calculators; pros and cons of different methods of covering care costs; and a 100-year-old TB vaccine and its role in preventing Alzheimer’s. Also, the words we use affect how dementia is perceived and social connections make a big difference in caregivers’ lives and in the lives of people with dementia.

Excerpts—using the TB vaccine to protect the brain from Alzheimer's, Genworth's Cost of Care Survey, Fall Risks, Words We Use and People's View of Dementia

2024 marks the 25th Anniversary of “Where’s my shoes?” An Inspirational Memoir about Alzheimer's.Reflecting on a quarter...
03/13/2024

2024 marks the 25th Anniversary of “Where’s my shoes?” An Inspirational Memoir about Alzheimer's.

Reflecting on a quarter century since the first hardcover edition of "Where's my shoes?" My Father's Walk through Alzheimer's was published...

In the late 1990s family caregivers rarely spoke about their family members with dementia.

We've come a long way. Even so, some caregiving surprises never change including these two excerpts. Visit The Caregivers Voice page to read these excerpts and watch a funny video.

Reflecting on 25 years since the first hardcover edition of "Where's my shoes?" My Father's Walk through Alzheimer's was published. Includes excerpts.

03/07/2024

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If we don't set boundaries and ask for help we will do ourselves an injustice and lower the quality of care for our love...
02/14/2024

If we don't set boundaries and ask for help we will do ourselves an injustice and lower the quality of care for our loved ones. Give yourself the gift of self-love and your loved one a change-of-pace with . Guest author, Anna Dykshteyn shares the role of and prioritizing .

Give yourself the gift of self-love and your loved one a change-of-pace with in-home care. Guest author, Anna Dykshteyn shares the role of home-health aids and prioritizing self-care.

It seems healthcare professionals follow varying levels of cleanliness protocols, placing us or our loved ones at unnece...
01/25/2024

It seems healthcare professionals follow varying levels of cleanliness protocols, placing us or our loved ones at unnecessary risk. These differences are also apparent among at home. Maybe we need to return to those mandatory videos many of us had to watch in school during the 1950s through early 1970s.

https://thecaregiversvoice.com/avadian-musings/attention-to-cleanliness-could-save-your-life/

Attention to cleanliness in healthcare settings and in your own home and telling the truth about your symptoms could save your and your loved one's life!

01/20/2024

Soooooo cuuuute! PRECIOSO!

 , REDUCE your   of being in     Part II of this two-part article identifies the diagnosis, highlights what I learned, c...
01/17/2024

, REDUCE your of being in Part II of this two-part article identifies the diagnosis, highlights what I learned, checks on ever-changing insurance coverage, and tests the system.

Part II of this two-part article looks at the diagnosis, what I learned, checking insurance coverage, and testing your own emergency response system.

We can avoid heightened   while responding to a   if we are  . Last month, I had what I thought was a vision-related  . ...
01/10/2024

We can avoid heightened while responding to a if we are . Last month, I had what I thought was a vision-related . As time went on and my calls were not returned, I panicked. Then I began to act. Have you tested your own emergency-response system? Part I of II.
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Caregiver, self-care is critical. If you don't take care of yourself, who will? Last month, I had what I thought was a vision-related medical emergency. I panicked. Then I began to act. This is Part I of II. What happened to my eye? Panic. For two days, I brushed away fruit flies. Except, there were

“If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live?”   Kobi Yamada. Caregiver, you work too hard not to p...
12/14/2023

“If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live?” Kobi Yamada. Caregiver, you work too hard not to pay attention to your own needs, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Caregiver, if you don't take care of yourself, who will? You work hard, now it's time for a change of pace—you choose, what will re-energize you.

The Caregiver's Voice Newsletter December 2023—Well, that went by fast! - https://mailchi.mp/a4e18e305837/well-2023-went...
12/01/2023

The Caregiver's Voice Newsletter December 2023—Well, that went by fast! - https://mailchi.mp/a4e18e305837/well-2023-went-by-fast Time passes quickly. It does not stop. We can use the time we have to engage fully in life while caregiving responsibilities hold us close to loved ones.

While the U.S. recognizes  , I take this opportunity to feature an Italian caregiver who I had the pleasure of meeting i...
11/22/2023

While the U.S. recognizes , I take this opportunity to feature an Italian caregiver who I had the pleasure of meeting in Florence after meeting with the Secretary General of Federazione Alzheimer Italia in Milan. There is much we can learn from one another.

Reach beyond your caregiving boundaries and you too may be gifted as I was in Italy with Caregiver Mauretta B. and the Alzheimer's Secretary General, Mario P.

Just in time for the Holidays and to start the New Year!   developed a digital solution,  , a care coordination platform...
11/20/2023

Just in time for the Holidays and to start the New Year! developed a digital solution, , a care coordination platform to lower the burden of while promoting happier, healthier with a $3 Million grant.

Dr. Ashkan Vaziri, Founder and CEO shares news that BioSensics developed a digital solution for older adults and caregivers with a $3,000,000 NIH grant.

Awwwww. Sad. And yet, she was a pioneering first lady who helped move forward the role of  .
11/19/2023

Awwwww. Sad. And yet, she was a pioneering first lady who helped move forward the role of .

Obituary of Rosalynn Carter, wife of Jimmy Carter, who used her perch to spotlight mental health and equality for women. She died Sunday, Nov. 19 at age 96.

Article Excerpts for National Family Caregivers Month — Caregiver Tips During a Crisis (Ukraine Gaza) | Guide to Navigat...
11/10/2023

Article Excerpts for National Family Caregivers Month — Caregiver Tips During a Crisis (Ukraine Gaza) | Guide to Navigate | Elder Intimacy | Hydrate with Jelly
Alzheimer's Disease International

For National Family Caregivers Month we celebrate with four article excerpts to help caregivers navigate healthcare, times of crisis, hydration, and intimacy.

A week ago, I returned from Italy. It was a trip I had postponed for three years, Click for highlights.In the coming wee...
10/30/2023

A week ago, I returned from Italy. It was a trip I had postponed for three years, Click for highlights.
In the coming weeks, I will post an article about meeting Italian Mauretta Bernardini and Secretary General of the ,

Instead of letting caregiving responsibilities wear you down, a change-of-pace can help you get more energy by having something new to look forward to.

10/12/2023

. Millions suffer from this serious health risk. Based on the pioneering work of photobiology pioneer, Dr. John Ott, today we recognize this condition as or . Read more about it here.

The Caregiver's Voice Newsletter October 2023—Don't be Fooled; Be Informed & Inspired - https://mailchi.mp/b842ce683f6b/...
10/01/2023

The Caregiver's Voice Newsletter October 2023—Don't be Fooled; Be Informed & Inspired - https://mailchi.mp/b842ce683f6b/dont-be-fooled-be-informed
Six article excerpts to give busy caregivers a quick update on dementia, elder trauma, daily coffee, and extra weight; plus inspiring videos to uplift and inform.

SIX article excerpts—THREE about   for  ; plus,  , Daily  , and   might actually be a good thing.
09/27/2023

SIX article excerpts—THREE about for ; plus, , Daily , and might actually be a good thing.

Three article excerpts about dementia for World Alzheimer's Month; plus, Elder Trauma, Benefits of Drinking Coffee, and Excess Weight May Actually be Good.

For  , The Caregiver’s Voice features four videos. One is a touching piece from Japan about   engaged in purposeful and ...
09/14/2023

For , The Caregiver’s Voice features four videos. One is a touching piece from Japan about engaged in purposeful and joyful frontline work at . Another features Dr. Kerry Burnight’s . The third, is a touching song for people with ’s. Finally, a trailer of a soon-to-be-released documentary: .

A touching video from Japan—"Mistaken Orders", a heartfelt song about young-onset dementia, a new documentary trailer, plus caregiver communication tips.

"On the day I die a lot will happen. A lot will change. The world will be busy. On the day I die, all the important appo...
08/25/2023

"On the day I die a lot will happen. A lot will change. The world will be busy. On the day I die, all the important appointments I made will be left unattended. The many plans I had yet to complete will remain forever undone." — John Pavlovitz

Pause to ponder these inspiring words by John Pavlovitz on the day [you] die—humbling to realize; yet, words that encourage us to really live.

To paraphrase Shakespeare, to test or not to test. Do you really want to know? What are the consequences?Last month, Que...
08/18/2023

To paraphrase Shakespeare, to test or not to test. Do you really want to know?
What are the consequences?
Last month, Quest Diagnostics sent me two emails—one promoted “Genetic Insights” based on my DNA. The other? A test for Alzheimer's.
While I'm curious about the genetic testing, I hesitate to take the Alzheimer’s test for three reasons.

To test or not to test. Do you really want to know? What are the consequences of genetic testing and a test for Alzheimer's?

  say, "If we don't laugh, we'll cry."To make   FUN for both   (caregiver and care recipient), look for the FUN during t...
08/09/2023

say, "If we don't laugh, we'll cry."

To make FUN for both (caregiver and care recipient), look for the FUN during the challenging times. at awkward moments such as this mistaken-identity encounter with my father’s .
To laugh and find humor, prioritize one type of care.

Caregiver self-care helps build strength, in order to find the joy and laugh at this mistaken-identity encounter with my father's doctor.

It's amazing how people who may not be connected, are! This month's theme for   Newsletter is about   a bit to make spac...
08/02/2023

It's amazing how people who may not be connected, are! This month's theme for Newsletter is about a bit to make space for ,
This month, Coach Ann Dizard Vanino's newsletter is about stopping. Reassessing. Centering. Sometimes, letting go or stopping is what we need to regain our sense of self and continue contributing meaningfully in society. Thank you, Ann for this month's newsletter.

Stopping is a deliberate slowing down.

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