Alzheimer’s disease directly affects parts of the brain responsible for communication. Patients find it harder to both understand others and explain themselves. Patients also begin to forget the names of once familiar objects such as watches or pens. Early in the disease, people with Alzheimer’s are often able to hide ••• Read More

From Alzheimer’s Reading Room The caregiver begins to acquire empathy by asking how, why, what. How is the person who is deeply forgetful feeling? Why is the person who is deeply forgetful acting this way? What do they need? Learning How to Communicate with Someone Living with Alzheimer’s The only way the ••• Read More

Celebrations don’t need to end or even dim because someone has dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.  Even after the death of a loved one, I believe that, on special occasions , such as Valentine’s Day, pretending it isn’t happening just dishonors that the love ever existed. So what do you do ••• Read More

My single friends call Valentine’s Day  “Singles Awareness” Day, and there’s a lot we can learn from shifting the focus from romantic love.  After all, it’ s not until we can love ourselves authentically that we can even attract and receive the love of another.  So this V-Day, let’s remind ••• Read More

I call these “Five to SURVIVE.” Use these tips to write your Caregiver Contract with Yourself. Check out mine below. 1. Me First Take your oxygen first, so that you’ll be emotionally and physically ready. Better care for you means better outcomes for the care receiver. 2. Tell Someone Reach ••• Read More

South Carolina State House Lt. Governor Henry McMaster and Irmo native Leeza Gibbons marked the occasion recognizing the nearly 800,000 South Carolinians who provide free care and support to chronically ill and disabled loved ones. “470 billion dollars in unpaid care is what caregivers provide. that’s twice as much as home ••• Read More

Promoting Health and Independence for an Aging Population At A Glance 2016 Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia, is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that affects an estimated 5.4 million Americans. It is the sixth leading cause of death among all adults and the fifth leading cause for those aged ••• Read More

  Today, DR. OZ is cutting your Alzheimer’s risk because with more research, breakthroughs and potential cures on the horizon than ever before, the time to take action is now. On the show, we have experts on the forefront of Alzheimer’s prevention and research. We’ve got prevention specialist Dr. Richard ••• Read More

Our very own Marti Colucci, Managing Director of Leeza’s Care Connection in South Carolina, and Carlos Gibbons, Leeza’s father, talk to WIS 10 News about the need for care for the caregivers. September 21, 2016 was World Alzheimer’s Day. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more then 5 million Americans are ••• Read More

If you’ve got 5 minutes, you can become part of the cure by joining the A-LIST: Action, Access & Advocacy for All! Today is World Alzheimer’s Day and The A-List is one way for me to fulfill my promise to my mother to tell her story. You can live your ••• Read More

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