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Jun 6, 2024

“Be prepared for agitation and anxiety; have snacks, water, and distractions ready”

—Melissa Batchelor, PhD, RN, FNP, FGSA, FAAN


Traveling with a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease can be challenging, but with the right preparation, it can also be a smooth and enjoyable experience. In this episode, I provide...

May 23, 2024

“Meaningful relationships and social connections are essential components of our overall health”

—Melissa Batchelor, PhD, RN, FNP, FGSA, FAAN


Many of us deeply value our connections to family, friends, and our wider community, understanding that these relationships are crucial for our mental and emotional...

May 16, 2024

"Just because it's a nursing home, doesn't mean they're doomed to be in there forever."

—Melissa Batchelor, PhD, RN, FNP, FGSA, FAAN


Many families face the difficult decision of choosing the right care setting for their aging loved ones. You may have promised never to place your loved one in a nursing home,...

Apr 30, 2024

“If you aren't taking care of yourself, you can't take care of anybody else.”

—Melissa Batchelor, PhD, RN, FNP, FGSA, FAAN


Caring for individuals living with dementia is a profound act of love and dedication, but it also comes with its unique set of challenges. Caregivers often find themselves facing a tough...

Apr 19, 2024

“Women are more likely than men to have the mutated gene (APOE4) associated with Alzheimer's disease.”

—Melissa Batchelor, PhD, RN, FNP, FGSA, FAAN


Alzheimer's disease is a complex neurodegenerative condition with various risk factors. Women face a higher risk due to multiple contributing factors.  In this...