Caregiving

Stranger in the house

Throughout my years of educating caregivers on dementia care, I’ve constantly stressed how important it is that caregivers understand the difference between a delusion and a hallucination. Caregivers need to be able to correctly describe what the patient is experiencing, to his or her physician. The reason being: we don’t want our healthcare professionals to start throwing heavy dosages of medications at them when our loved ones are only delusional.

Hurricane Season and Dementia

Mr. Gary Joseph LeBlanc is a health columnist specializing in dementia care. He has authored over 350 articles on the subject.

For the past eight years I have written many articles based on the challenges of caring for someone with dementia during hurricane season. To all caregivers I recommend being prepared at all times of the year, in case evacuation becomes necessary for any reason.

Common Sense Caregiving: Caregiver Guilt

Mr. Gary LeBlanc is a health columnist specializing in dementia care. He has authored over 350 articles on the subject.

Guilt is an overpowering and complicated emotion; however, it does appear to have a purpose in the life of human beings. When knowing we’ve done something wrong, by all means, we should experience at least a modicum of shame. But, if you were a caregiver there will be times when memories filled with unwarranted waves of guilt that will wash right over you. There doesn’t have to have been any wrong doing occur to cause this. The reason is simply that you cared so deeply that you never felt adequate enough in executing this role.

Common Sense Caregiving: Trying to Keep Your Cool while Caregiving

Mr. Gary Joseph LeBlanc is a health columnist specializing in dementia care. He has authored over 350 articles on the subject.

It is a widely accepted fact that being a caregiver for someone living with dementia is an incredibly stressful undertaking. If this is you, then you know the amount of pressure can be emotionally crushing. Having been a caregiver myself, I accepted a long time ago that we're only human and, eventually, we likely will have a meltdown due to the incessant responsibilities upon our shoulders. It can happen to the best of us.