Dementia-Safe Bedrooms

Home Design: Use this safety Checklist for living at home with dementia. It can alert you to potential hazards.

Your home is a personal and precious environment. As you go through this checklist, make adaptations that modify and simplify without severely disrupting the home. You may want to consider setting aside a special area for yourself, a space off-limits to anyone else and arranges exactly as you like. Everyone needs private, quiet time.

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10 Ways to Use the Power of Photos for Dementia Care

Reminiscence is a way of reviewing past events that is usually a very positive and rewarding activity. Even if the person with dementia cannot participate verbally it can still give them pleasure to be involved in reflections on their past. It can also be a means of distraction if the person becomes upset. While reviewing past events can provide a sense of peace and happiness, it can also stir up painful and sad memories. It is important to be sensitive to the person’s reactions if this happens. If their distress seems overwhelming then it is better to use another form of distraction to reduce anxiety.

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By |2019-09-03T07:59:53-06:00September 3rd, 2019|Alzheimer's, Blog, Caregiver Connection, Research|0 Comments

Going Out With Alzheimer’s Disease

Plan Ahead with these tips to make outings fun

People with mild Alzheimer’s often enjoy places they enjoyed in the past – a favorite restaurant, parade, park, shopping mall, swimming pool, museum, or theater. Plan outings for the time of day when the person with Alzheimer’s is at his or her best. Keep outings from becoming too long. Take note of how tired the person gets after a certain amount of time. Bring the person home before he or she becomes overtired.

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By |2019-07-09T09:01:40-06:00July 9th, 2019|Alzheimer's, Blog, Resources and News|0 Comments

Exercise May Prevent Falls in Those with Alzheimer’s Disease

Falls are a leading cause of broken hips and disability in elderly men and women. They may even hasten death and older people with Alzheimer’s disease are especially susceptible to falls. Now a new study shows that exercise may decrease the risk of falling for older adults who have Alzheimer’s disease. The study, in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found that older men and women with Alzheimer’s disease, who had personality and mood changes, including depression, anxiety and irritability, were particularly prone to falling. However, a structured exercise program helped prevent falls in this group.

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10 Ways to Preserve Dignity and Quality of Care

The ideas of dignity and quality of life mean different things to different people.  Those with Alzheimer’s disease must depend on their caregivers to help preserve quality of life for them.  Like people of all ages, the person with Alzheimer’s experiences feelings of joy, sadness, fear, anger, and jealousy.  As a caregiver, you need to recognize and respond to these feelings.  A person with this disease needs to be feel valued, worthwhile, and positive about life.

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8 Medication Questions for Caregivers to Ask Doctors

Taken from: Alzheimer’s Weekly at alzheimersweekly.com/2013/04/8-medication-questions-for-caregivers.html

Medication Care Tips: People with Alzheimer’s generally take a lot of medicine. Some drugs boost memory and cognition, while others help with mood, behavior and other conditions. Learn how caregivers can help ensure medication is taken safely & correctly. There are 2 things that can be said about all FDA-approved medications:

  1. They help many people.
  2. They have side-effects.

The key is to get the right balance. Here is where to start:

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When Alzheimer’s Disrupts a Marriage

Taken from: Alzheimer’s & Dementia Weekly at http://www.alzheimersweekly.com/2015/07/when-alzheimers-disrupts-marriage.html

When a spouse is cognitively impaired, marital communication is impaired. As Alzheimer’s disease (AD) progresses, language problems increase in frequency – such as searching for the right word, repeating the same word, asking the same question over and over, or substituting one word for another.

As a result of the decline in communication, married couples affected by AD suffer isolation, depression and estrangement. Limited research has existed on communication in couples affected by AD and existing research primarily focuses on identifying communication deficits – until now.

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By |2019-03-05T14:29:27-06:00February 4th, 2019|Alzheimer's, Caregiver Connection, Caregiving|0 Comments