The goal of the Alzheimer's Reading Room is to Educate and Empower Alzheimer's caregivers, their families, and the entire Alzheimer's community.
In the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR), we offer "real life" solutions to problems that Alzheimer's caregivers face each day.
Ranked #1 by Healthline in the Best Alzheimer's Blogs of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Rated Best in Health on Google Plus by Wego Health
The Alzheimer's Reading Room Knowledge Base is searchable and contains more than 5,100 articles. These articles were written to answer and address the most difficult problems and issues faced in Alzheimer's and dementia care.
Alzheimer’s Reading Room (ARR)
- Ranked number one by Healthline (4 years running, 2012-2015).
- Our companion site +Alzheimer’s Reading Room was selected best in Health on Google Plus by WEGOHealth.
- The ARR has been publishing daily since July, 2009.
- We have over 5,100 articles in our knowledge base, all with the alzheimersreadingroom.com extension.
- According to Google Analytics we reached 1,728,262 new users in the last year, and more than 100,000 users each month.
- Our proprietary, opt-in only, subscriber list is currently 23,390 readers.
- We have a large extended social media reach on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter (over 76,000 total).
The site focuses on Alzheimer's disease and the art of Alzheimer's caregiving.
In the Alzheimer's Reading Room, we tackle real world problems and offer advice and solutions on issues like: repetitive questioning, challenging behavior, how to understand Alzheimer's disease, how to cope with the disease, and how to communicate effectively with a person living with dementia.
At its core the Alzheimer's Reading Room is about helping members of the Alzheimer's Community understand, cope, and communicate with persons living with Alzheimer's and related dementia.
We understand the most common problems like: wandering, urinary tract infections, incontinence, showering, toileting, dental care, driving, caregiver loneliness, nursing home selection, memory care facilities, treatments, medications, hospice, and managing expectations as the disease progresses.
We discuss issues that are important to Alzheimer's caregivers. We provide specific insight, advice, and solutions based on real life experience.
We have a growing number of Alzheimer's professionals that willingly share their intellectual capital, advice, knowledge, and experience.
Alzheimer's Reading Room
I started the Alzheimer’s Reading Room to keep track of the thousands of articles and many books I was reading about Alzheimer's disease.
Soon after I started the blog, I began to receive emails from Alzheimer's caregivers from all over the world. First an email here and there, and now thousands of emails.
I soon realized that Alzheimer's caregivers are often thrust into their role with little or no experience, training, or education about Alzheimer's disease. As a result, they are often overwhelmed and suffer from feelings of helplessness. Forty percent of Alzheimer's caregivers suffer from depression.
150 Million people have been touched by Alzheimer's disease, and 50 million are worried about Alzheimer's. Each day, 1,232 people are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
As others learned about the success I was having in caring for my mother they encouraged me to write more about our experiences and daily life. As it turned out, they learned right along with me. They also provided us with support and encouragement at difficult times.
Together we learned that persons living with Alzheimer's and related dementia are capable of more than we can imagine. Step by step we learned how to live a rich, fulfilling life.
Together we learned that there are good and effectively solutions to they typical problems that caregivers face each day. We now share that information for those who are new to Alzheimer's caregiving.
We do not advertise or market our service, in spite of this The Alzheimer's Reading Room is growing fast. As it grows, so does the collective brain of the Alzheimer's Reading Room.
We encourage every single reader to comment or to share their experiences with us. On this blog we learn from each other.
Most importantly, we learn that we are not alone.
Our readers include some of the world's top scientists, clinicians, doctors, nurses, and professionals in the field. But mostly, the readers are caregivers searching for answers to every day problems.