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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Alzheimer’s Disease Safety Precautions for Seniors

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.

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By |2019-01-07T10:57:50-06:00December 3rd, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Holidays and Gifts

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.

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By |2018-11-05T12:19:57-06:00November 5th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Qualifying for Social Security Disability with Alzheimer’s Disease

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.

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By |2018-10-31T09:25:25-06:00October 31st, 2018|Blog|0 Comments