Alzheimer's

dealing with the life-issues of a close relative suffering from Alzheimer's

You can publish your own paperbacks, with or without photos

This is the eighth and final article in a series about creating photo (and other) books to help you, your family, and future caregivers focus on the richness and significance of your life - instead of primarily on infirmities you might develop.

Questions answered about making your photo book

This is the seventh in a series about creating photo (and other) books to help you, your family, and future caregivers focus on the richness and significance of your life - instead of primarily on infirmities you might develop.

Q: Does every page have to be laid out the same way?

A: No. If the service you've chosen has this restriction, try a different service. At mypublisher.com, for example, the style "bestseller" (one of ten styles) offers 137 different layouts for each page.

Q: Do you have to put the same number of photos on each page?

Photo books are useful to people of any age

This is the fourth in a series about creating photo (and other) books to help you, your family, and future caregivers focus on the richness and significance of your life - instead of primarily on infirmities you might develop.

The last several columns have suggested that you create photo books about your life. These can be prepared on your computer and then professionally printed, including many pictures, stories and descriptions. These books can be meaningful as you age. For some people, though, that payoff seems quite distant - are there any immediate benefits?

Secrets for making a photo book that endures

This is the sixth in a series about creating photo (and other) books to help you, your family, and future caregivers focus on the richness and significance of your life - instead of primarily on infirmities you might develop.

Last week's column talked about preparing photos and choosing the company whose software you will use to create and print your book. This week's column gives hints you won't find in the software's help screens.

Making a photo book is simpler than it sounds

This is the fifth in a series about creating photo (and other) books to help you, your family, and future caregivers focus on the richness and significance of your life -- instead of primarily on infirmities you might develop.

Photo books may sound great. But how exactly do you create them?

Photo books are useful to people of any age

This is the third in a series about creating photo (and other) books to help you, your family, and future caregivers focus on the richness and significance of your life -- instead of primarily on infirmities you might develop.

Photo books can help connect generations

This is the third in a series about creating photo (and other) books to help you, your family, and future caregivers focus on the richness and significance of your life - instead of primarily on infirmities you might develop.

Don't take dementia's side effects personally

"Mom!" the woman sitting in front of me in the airplane said to the older woman next to her. "You know you can't play those cards! They either have to be all the same number or all the same color!"

"Oh!" her mother said, sounding a little flustered. "That's right! I'm sorry!"

A few minutes later, the daughter - let's call her Ariel - repeated the same instructions. And again, her mother apologized and agreed. After three plays with the same results, Ariel decided to stop playing cards and got out magazines instead.

What are memory care facilities in retirement communities like?

This is the eighth in a series of articles intended to demystify the experience of living in a retirement community.

Memory care facilities are intended for people who have Alzheimer's or another form of dementia or cognitive impairment, and who are at risk because they tend to wander away from their living quarters without having the ability to find their way back or to ask for help.

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