If you couldn’t see your mashed potatoes, you probably wouldn’t eat them. That’s why what “The Red Plate Study” found was astonishing! Alzheimer’s patients eating from red plates consumed 25 percent more food than those eating from white plates.(more…)
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.(more…)
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.(more…)
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:
- They help many people.
- They have side-effects.
The key is to get the right balance. Here is where to start:(more…)
If you or someone in your family is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, you know that things that might have once been easy or routine all of a sudden become new challenges. Alzheimer’s patients and their families need to take some extra safety precautions to ensure that they are safe in their homes and that they have everything they need to live comfortably. The best environment for this is usually a memory care home or similar facility that is specifically designed for Alzheimer’s patients. Here are the safety precautions Alzheimer’s patients, their families, and their caregivers need to take.
Add safety precautions to appliances
One of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s is that tasks that were once very simple can suddenly become overwhelming. Your loved one may all of a sudden forget to turn off the stove or oven when necessary or have trouble operating the shower. There are many attachments you can add to appliances to prevent Alzheimer’s patients from burning the house down. Put safety knobs on the oven and stove, and make sure they have supervision while they are using these devices. You should also install an automatic thermostat, or set limits on how far up or down your loved one can adjust it.
Alzheimer’s disease affects every aspect of your family and community life. Your holiday observances are no exception. Holidays can be bittersweet for families affected by Alzheimer’s. The holiday season may bring mixed feelings and concerns about your loved one’s needs, his or her capacity to be involved in holiday festivities and your expectations for the experience. Holiday memories from before your loved one developed Alzheimer’s may darken what usually is a joyful season. Worries about how your loved one’s condition may disrupt your family’s plans and can overshadow the simple pleasure of being together.
Rather than dwelling on how much things have changed or worrying about what might go wrong, focus on making the holidays as enjoyable as possible. Consider your loved one’s needs, but don’t forget about yourself. These tips can make special times easier for everyone.
Preparing the Person with Alzheimer’s Disease
- Talk about and show photos of the people who are coming to visit.
- Play familiar holiday music and serve favorite traditional holiday foods.
- Watch and/or help with decorations.
- Persons with AD may recognize faces of family members and friends, but can’t recall their names – name tags may be helpful.
- Have a “quiet” room if things get too hectic and have a familiar person stay with them so they don’t feel isolated or “left out”.
- Prepare for distractions beforehand (i.e. use of a photo album) to divert attention if problem behaviors occur.
If you or someone you love has Alzheimer’s disease, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers monthly benefits to people who are no longer able to work due to a serious disability. You may be eligible for financial aid to help pay for any medical costs, childcare, in-home nursing, rent or a mortgage, or any other of your financial needs.
Technical Eligibility for Social Security
While the SSA offers both disability and retirement benefits, the two programs are different from one another. You cannot receive Social Security disability once you are eligible for Social Security retirement. This means that you cannot supplement your monthly retirement benefits with disability benefits, regardless of your diagnosis.
Allen Power, M.D. has redefined dementia from the perspective of the person living with dementia as, “Dementia is a shift in the way a person experiences the world around her/him.”
What a universal human experience music can be. Music connects us with others who are present as well as connecting us with memories. Rhythm is usually preserved in a person living with dementia throughout the process and progression of their disease. As we see a decline in formal language skills (left-brain activity) in both understanding language as well as initiation of language, rhythm is usually preserved (right brain activity). Rhythm includes poetry, prayer and most universally music. Music is an effective tool for connecting not only with a person living with Alzheimer’s as well as those living with any related dementias.
Alzheimer’s Texas (formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Association Capital of Texas Chapter) has served Central Texas for over 30 years. This year, we commemorate two important anniversaries: the 25th Annual Alzheimer’s Texas Walk in Travis County, and the very first year that 100% proceeds for all 5 of our Walks will remain here in Central Texas, to be used for support, education, and research here in our community.
This year also marks the first year that team captains will be given the option to designate where they’d like their fundraising dollars to go. What part of our mission are you most passionate about? Caregiver services? Support for research? Early Stage Support Programs? Our full mission? You tell us where your funds and our efforts should go.
If you haven’t had an opportunity to sign up for one of our Alzheimer’s Texas Walks, visit www.txalz.org/walk to find an event near you. Each of the events is fun for all ages, featuring a scenic walk, music, food, prizes, activities for kids, and more.
The dates and locations for each event are listed below. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.
Fayette County Alzheimer’s Texas Walk
September 17, 2016
Fayette County Fairgrounds, La Grange
Check in and Registration at 8:30am | Opening Ceremony at 9:00am | Walk at 9:30am
Williamson County Alzheimer’s Texas Walk
September 24, 2016
San Gabriel Park, Area Z, Georgetown
Check in and Registration at 8:30am | Opening Ceremony at 9:00am | Walk at 9:30am
Travis County Alzheimer’s Texas Walk
October 8, 2016
Camp Mabry, Austin
Check in and Registration at 8:30 a.m. | Opening Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. | Walk at 10:00 a.m.
Hays County Alzheimer’s Texas Walk
October 15, 2016
City Recreation Hall, San Marcos
Check in and Registration at 9:00 a.m. | Opening Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. | Walk at 10:00 a.m.
Bell County Alzheimer’s Texas Walk
October 29, 2016
Pepper Creek Trails, Temple
Registration at 9:00 a.m. | Opening Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. | Walk at 10:00 a.m.
Want to learn more? Join us for a Walk Kickoff Party near you! Learn the dates and times by visiting www.txalz.org/walk.
As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, the person’s needs change, and the time will likely come when you aren’t able to care for your loved one at home.
Ensuring that your loved one receives the care they need by finding an appropriate long-term care setting doesn’t mean that you’re no longer a critical component of their care team. On the contrary, you can help care staff meet a resident’s changing needs by giving your input and staying involved. In fact, you can even start before a person is admitted to a long-term care facility.