Elayne Forgie
Elayne Forgie

Elayne Forgie has spent the last 26 years working directly with patients and families living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. She has been recognized by Sharecare and Dr. Oz as the #3 Online Influencer for Alzheimer's, and as one of Maria Shriver’s Alzheimer’s Advocates & Architects of Change. She is the founder and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Care…

Elayne Forgie has spent the last 26 years working directly with patients and families living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. She has been recognized by Sharecare and Dr. Oz as the #3 Online Influencer for Alzheimer's, and as one of Maria Shriver’s Alzheimer’s Advocates & Architects of Change. She is the founder and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping caregivers cope with the changes and challenges that accompany caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.

Articles by Elayne Forgie

Article: Family

Delivering a Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease

by ELAYNE FORGIE


Receiving a probable diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can bring even the strongest to their knees. It has the power to knock the world right off its axis and will leave in its wake newly named care receivers, care partners, caregivers, and entire families reeling and breathless. Like so many across…

Article: Mental Health

"Mom, We Need to Talk"

by ELAYNE FORGIE


It's not easy to sit down with your mom to have the talk. No, not the talk she had with you when you were young and horribly embarrassed because she insisted on having a chat about sex! Nope. I'm talking about the talk you need to have with her because you're frightened. You're frightened because you've…

Article: Mental Health

Managing the Emotions of Caregiving

by ELAYNE FORGIE


Did you know one of the most difficult skills an Alzheimer’s caregiver has to learn is how to become a Juggler? Although you and I can’t see the various balls they’re constantly trying to keep in the air, make no mistake about it - Alzheimer’s caregivers spend their days, their weeks, their…

Article: Share Stories

The New Caregivers: Children, Teens and Young Adults

by ELAYNE FORGIE


I remember coming home from school soon after I turned 12 years old, and finding my mom lying in bed, covered in sweat, writhing in her sleep, and moaning. The room was dark and I couldn’t wake her up. I placed the back of my hand on her forehead, like she did when I didn’t feel good. She was so…

Article: Your Tales

All Is Not Lost: Ways to Reconnect With Your Loved One

by ELAYNE FORGIE


When I arrived at Ed’s house, it was only two in the afternoon and Ed was just sitting there in his wheelchair, eyes closed and in complete and total silence. His paid caregiver sat beside him, playing games on her smart phone, seemingly oblivious to the fact that Ed was right there. Ed is in the…

Article: Long-Term Care

If You Can’t Keep Your Promise: The Nursing Home Decision

by ELAYNE FORGIE


All of us make promises to those we love and some of our promises can span the course of a lifetime. There are promises we keep, and promises that as the years go by, we have no choice but to break. If we made a promise to never put our loved one in a nursing home and now discover we have no other choice,…