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Regardless of how far you're traveling, taking a few simple steps in advance can go a long way to making the trip easier, more comfortable and more enjoyable for everyone.

The post Memorial Day Weekend Travels Tips for Caregivers appeared first on Alzheimer's Music Connect.

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Alzheimer's Music Connect by Alzheimer's Music Connect - 4M ago

The tasks of caring for an elderly loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia can add up quickly, leaving you exhausted and stressed out. Chances are, if you've been a caregiver for more than a few weeks you've experienced a certain degree of caregiver burnout.

The post Six Signs of Caregiver Burnout appeared first on Alzheimer's Music Connect.

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Do you make New Year’s resolutions before or after the first day of January? If you are caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder, you may think you don’t have time to make them at all! But now during the first week of the year, as the holiday hustle and bustle is settling down, why not create a list of things to consider during 2019?

The post New Year’s Resolutions for Caregivers appeared first on Alzheimer's Music Connect.

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Alzheimer's Music Connect by Alzheimer's Music Connect - 5M ago

We all know that some stress is inevitable when caring for a loved one, but unrelenting stress is bad for everyone. Think of a candle: If you leave it lit 24/7, it will quickly burn through. But if you let it rest between periods of use, it will last a long time. You are like that candle.

The post Burnout is More Than Stress appeared first on Alzheimer's Music Connect.

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As caregivers, we tend to have a lot of “reasons” why we don’t take the time to care for ourselves. We feel selfish, don’t have enough time in the day, or simply don’t know how to ask for help. Whatever the reason may be, the truth is, we all know if we don’t take proper […]

The post Reducing Personal Stress for Caregivers appeared first on Alzheimer's Music Connect.

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Alzheimer's Music Connect by Alzheimer's Music Connect - 5M ago

If your Dad wear pajamas to church instead of his Sunday best...something is wrong. Sometimes it can be difficult to know when a loved one is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's or dementia. Here are the seven physical signs of Alzheimer’s disease that you should know about:

The post If Dad Wears Pajamas To Church appeared first on Alzheimer's Music Connect.

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The behaviors we see and feel from a loved one with Alzheimer’s are often disconcerting, frustrating, and too many times result in an angry reaction. The typical paradigm: confusion, frustration leading to the eventual blow up. Until you find a way to cope and communicate effectively with a person living with dementia, as a caregiver […]

The post Alzheimer’s Care: You Need to Change. appeared first on Alzheimer's Music Connect.

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Music’s effect on the brain has been studied for centuries because of its powerful influence over brain function. We are still discovering amazing things about the connection between music and our minds, and we now know that musical aptitude and appreciation are among the last cognitive abilities to atrophy in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. For […]

The post The Next Evolution of Music For Alzheimer’s Patients appeared first on Alzheimer's Music Connect.

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Taking care of a parent or loved one with Alzheimer's can often be a full time "job" for Caregivers. The effects of forgoing respite and meaningful support add up, and the result can be crippling. As Caregivers, most of us have probably heard about burnout, but many are still unfamiliar with the concept of compassion fatigue.

The post Using Music to Avoid Compassion Fatigue appeared first on Alzheimer's Music Connect.

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Alzheimer's Music Connect by Alzheimer's Music Connect - 5M ago

We know communication can be challenging when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. We’ve put together some reasons why we think music is an important part of your caregiver toolkit. Stimulates Memories Music brings back remote memories and can open a pathway to reconnection. Increased Engagement Silence never acts to promote engagement. Increases Concentration Listening to […]

The post Why Music Works appeared first on Alzheimer's Music Connect.

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