Elizondo is a Tony Award winning
Broadway star and well-renowned
television and movie actor,
appearing in television programs
including Chicago Hope, The Rockford
Files and Monk and movies such as
American Gigolo and Pretty Woman. He
has also been a conga player with a
Latin band, a classical guitarist
and singer, a weightlifting coach, a
ballet dancer, as well as family
What were the first signs of your
mother’s Alzheimer’s disease?
Elizondo: The first signs
of her illness were very subtle;
just forgetfulness, the usual stuff,
the shopping list, the keys, and
then a pattern started to emerge.
Realizing that now in retrospect,
back then it was, “Oh Mom, please,
you asked that question before, you
know, a half hour ago.” But the
first real red flag was when she
lost her way in her neighborhood.
used to call Alzheimer’s pre-senile
That’s what she was diagnosed with.
She was diagnosed with pre-senile
Successful Bathroom Transfers
By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer
Statistics show that many
preventable accidents occur in bathrooms. Falls are
the top culprit in this category. Wet floors and
small spaces are only some of the causes for concern
in a bathroom setting. Caregivers must recognize
these obstacles before assisting someone they love
in the restroom. Ignoring them can be a disaster for
both caregiver and the one being cared for...read more
Fighting Resistance From Seniors
By Peter Ganther
Uprooting an elderly loved one
and moving them into your home is difficult enough, but
add to that the resistance you may receive, and the
caregiving becomes an all-encompassing activity. Your
loved one’s natural tendency is to resist care and
assistance, if only because they do not want to think of
themselves as “old.”...read more
Give Yourself a Break, Right Now
Doctor appointments that
must be scheduled; the constant care and attention
your loved one needs, both physically and
emotionally; the back and forth to grocery stores,
drug stores, physical therapy sessions and, most of
all, the need to know you are doing the "right
thing" for loved one in need of your care. We all
know the daily challenges we face as caregivers and
that we seldom have time for ourselves...read
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