VISTAS Counseling Families and Adults

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

There's No Place Like Home: Caring for the Alzheimer's Patient at Home

Helen Hudson


Twenty-five years ago when my grandmother came to live with my husband and me, she had Alzheimer‟s. No one talked about the disease at the time. Most assumed she was just a „forgetful old lady.‟ Several doctors mentioned “senile dementia,” but the word “Alzheimer‟s” had yet to reach the American consciousness. Indeed, it would take us several more years to receive an accurate diagnosis, and by then, what „it‟ was really didn‟t matter anymore. Who she was becoming and how we would care for her did.

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