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    Ideas for celebrating holidays during a pandemic

    Posted 11/23/2020 by Fallon Health

    How you can you enjoy the holidays when you can't be with your family and friends in person? Check out these suggestions for connecting with your loved ones to celebrate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    The value of early dementia diagnosis

    Posted 11/05/2020 by Fallon Health

    Even though a cure for dementia remains elusive, Memory Specialist Heather Dobbert always advises talking with a doctor if you think your loved one may be having symptoms. "There's so much to be gained by having a medical evaluation and discovering the specific reason for the symptoms," she says.

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    5 ways to prevent falls

    Posted 09/23/2020 by Fallon Health

    One in four people aged 65 and older fall each year. But paying attention to changes in health and mobility can help you reduce the risk of your loved one falling. 

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    Music program brings care partners closer even in a socially distant world

    Posted 08/27/2020 by Fallon Health

    As part of the Shared Voices choir, people living with early-stage dementia and their caregivers sing together in a fun, stress-free group. It's a good way to take time to appreciate each other’s company—while also developing friendships with people going through similar challenges.

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    Coping tips for Sandwich Generation caregivers

    Posted 06/29/2020 by Fallon Health

    Try these 6 tips for managing care for older and younger loved ones simultaneously during the coronavirus pandemic, while also maintaining your own physical and mental well-being.

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    Overcoming the difficulties of social distancing

    Posted 05/14/2020 by Fallon Health

    Family caregivers and all types of health care professionals have had to drastically change their routines and expectations during this time of COVID-19 and “social distancing.” Social worker Emily Lemire discusses ways to keep your social connections and adapt to circumstances.

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  • When you see changes and worry about dementia

    Posted 03/17/2020 by Fallon Health

    When you notice memory lapses, behavior changes, confusion, poor judgement or a decline in driving ability in someone you care about, it can be alarming. And confusing. How do you know if a forgotten conversation is a sign of dementia, normal age-related change, stress or something else?

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  • About our contributors

    Posted 03/01/2020 by Fallon Health

    Meet the experts behind the Caregiver Connection.

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    How EAPs help with caregiving issues

    Posted 02/25/2020 by Fallon Health

    Kathleen Greer, an expert on employee assistance programs, knows there’s no way to be prepared for your “new normal” when you're a caregiver. But what if you had a resource at your fingertips that could provide some emotional support for you—and the information and resources you need to help plan for your loved one’s care?

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    How to talk about problems with driving

    Posted 01/07/2020 by Fallon Health

    Being worried about your loved one's ability to drive safely doesn't make it easy to bring up the topic. Even if your loved one agrees that their driving is a problem, they may be too concerned about losing independence to say so.

    Laura Roias, a social worker, has suggestions that can make it easier for you to start the conversation.

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  • Professor describes how being a caregiver for his wife changed him

    Posted 12/16/2019 by Fallon Health

    Dr. Arthur Kleinman, a Harvard University professor, cared for his wife Joan for 11 years, as she struggled with a rare form of early Alzheimer's disease. He thought he was prepared and knowledgeable, yet he still struggled.

    "[Caregivers] endure, we learn how to endure, how to keep going. We’re marked, we’re injured, we’re wounded," he says. "We’re changed … [in] my case, for the better."

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