Caregivers' Challenges with Alzheimer's Disease

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    Impairments in financial skills and judgment are often the first functional changes demonstrated by persons who have Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. The changes occur irregularly, often quickly, out of the sequence you expected—perhaps unpredictably. There are several steps. First, you may realize that she can make decisions about this particular financial situation, but can’t really do it herself. Later, she may delegate the task to you and say, “You just go ahead and do it for me,...Read More
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    Losing my independence, like many other happenings with an Alzheimer’s patient, occurs gradually. One of the first things that eroded my independence took awhile to happen. For almost a year, I could go to lunch with a friend or do other errands and leave my husband Carl at home by himself. I always told him where I was going and approximately how long I’d be gone. That freedom ended abruptly one day when I returned and found him standing by the door. He was agitated and told me how worried he...Read More
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    Change is a major cause of stress and anxiety in all of life. Ongoing change is almost a definition of life for the person and family dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. It can present the greatest pitfall for you. From beginning to end, you as caregiver are dealing with mental, emotional, and physical changes in the one suffering with the disease. What worked yesterday is not sufficient or it does not work today. You deal with changes in your own lifestyle. Your adjustment to the demands of caregiving...Read More

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Patricia Callone

Patricia R. Callone is the Vice President of Institutional Relations for Creighton University. For six years she served on the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer's Association Midlands Chapter. She has experience with Alzheimer's as both an educator and as a caregiver.

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