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Tips for Dealing with Alzheimer's

I have received quite a few emails from overwhelmed caregivers and their families. Many want to know about a “miracle” drug combination, a safe sedative or how to avoid the fallout of irritability. Many feel desperate – hopeless and helpless – especially when focusing on what their loved one used to do. They are tired, the kind of tired that is deep and defeating. I want to set the record straight.

There are no miracle cures at the moment. All medications have side effects. Anti-psychotics can cause neurological problems. However, Alzheimer’s, when put into the context of the present, can be managed. Medications are often a matter of trial and error and working closely with a neurologist or geriatric psychiatrist will help individualize your loved one’s treatment.

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For more information on caregiving read my book, Changing Habits: The Caregivers' Total Workout. To listen to archived radio shows with guest experts visit Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show

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