Don’t Take It So Hard, For Your Brain’s Sake

Taken From: http://www.alzheimersweekly.com/2013/10/dont-take-it-so-hard-for-your-brains.html The Study How to De-stress Physical Get Plenty of Exercise Use deep breathing and other relaxation techniques Get regular massages Get enough sleep at night Eat well and take care of your body Work Leave work at work, both physically and mentally Turn off work phones or emails during your off hours Keep your spouse posted about …

Providing First Aid to a Person with Alzheimer’s

Taken From: a Pacific Medical Training article written by Sarah Gehrke, MSN, RN Recognize Alzheimer’s Disease Providing first aid for people with Alzheimer’s can be a challenge, and it’s crucial to remember that no two people are the same. The following tips will help you identify someone with dementia. The person may: Appear disoriented and confused. Appear fearful, agitated, frustrated, …

Holiday Caregiving Issues

The holidays can be a stressful time for us all, but those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s face an added set of challenges, both practical and emotional.  Dealing with grief during this cheery season, whether you’re grieving a deceased loved one or grieving the many daily losses of dementia, is very difficult.  Furthermore, attending to holiday shopping, hosting …

4 Meaningful Thanksgiving Tips

Thanksgiving Day is a time of togetherness, celebrated with relatives and friends. People with a dementia such as Alzheimer’s need a special touch. Here are four insights holiday tips.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …