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    5 facts to help you better understand dementia

    Posted 06/02/2021 by Fallon Health

    Memory specialist Heather Dobbert shares information about frequently misunderstood aspects of dementia.

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    When caregiving becomes complex

    Posted 04/30/2021 by Fallon Health

    If your loved one's health declines, you may find yourself taking responsibility for complicated, difficult tasks that used to fall to medical professionals. "It's not unusual for caregivers to feel overwhelmed," said Linda Pellegrini, a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner at UMass Memorial Medical Center. In her blog post, she explains which tasks are considered complex, how to find resources to help you and why it's imperative to take care of yourself.

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    The benefits of calling yourself a caregiver

    Posted 03/30/2021 by Fallon Health

    Talking about your role as a caregiver can be essential for maintaining clear understanding and communication between you and your loved one. By acknowledging the changes that are happening and the increased need for support, you can build a more effective relationship and a more mutually positive experience.

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    Managing the challenges of winter

    Posted 03/04/2021 by Fallon Health

    Many people find it hard to like winter. Add the challenges of caregiving in the age of COVID-19 to the cold, snow, ice and long nights, and this becomes a season that’s even harder to deal with.

    Fortunately, there are steps you can take to get through the cold months safely and even happily.

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    Interpreting puzzling behavior

    Posted 01/21/2021 by Fallon Health

    People living with dementia perceive their surroundings differently—and their perceptions can result in behavior that caregivers sometimes find hard to interpret.

    “If there’s someone in your life who is living with dementia, looking at their environment through their eyes may give you a better sense of how they feel and why they feel that way,” says Heather Dobbert, a Fallon Health Memory Specialist. “That can make a big difference in your ability to respond to how they’re acting."

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