Navigating Ambiguous Loss & Grief

Navigating Ambiguous Loss & Grief By Dementia Alliance of NC Your loved one is there. Your loved one is NOT there. They may be sitting right next to you, looking in your eyes, but they are no longer present in quite the same way as before. This roller coaster of absence and presence common to…

Preparing for Family Events

Preparing for Family Events by Dementia Alliance of NC Whether it’s a holiday, mother’s day, a wedding or graduation, small changes such as timing an event around your person’s best time of day or limiting the number of guests can make the experience better for everyone! Don’t get so involved in the plans you forget…

Honoring Black History Month

by Rosalind Scott This year Dementia Alliance of North Carolina highlighted two of its book club care partners in honor of Black History Month. Caregiving for someone can be overwhelming, no matter the care needed.  However, statistics have proven that caring for an individual with a Dementia/Alzheimer’s diagnosis is twice as overwhelming and challenging. We…

Part Three: Finding Joy Through Humor

By Kathy Montero In parts one and two of “The 3 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Became a Caregiver,” I shared strategies for pacing yourself for the care-giving marathon and expanding your support network. In this third and final piece, I hope to impart the significance of finding joy through humor. As caregivers,…

Creating a Village of Support

3 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Became a Caregiver… by Kathy Montero Part 2 In part one of The 3 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Became a Caregiver series, I shared that caregiving is a marathon, not a sprint. Setting priorities and re-evaluating activities that are either no longer feasible nor…

How Dementia Has Impacted my Life

by Michelle Colgate The shadow of doubt in my father’s eyes, the inability to find the right word, losing his way home from the grocery store and forgetting that his wife had died: these events are quick snapshots of the impact that dementia had on my father.  Dementia’s slow creep of darkness took my father’s…

Shining a light into darkness

By Scott Yates Sometimes I feel overwhelmed as the caregiver for my wife with Alzheimer’s. With Dementia Alliance of N.C., I know I am not alone. Help surrounds me in the community. I am blessed to be able to work from home and care for my wife. When the pandemic struck, we adapted. All was…