Jul 30, 2016

16 Things I Would Want, If I Get Dementia

Just in case I do get dementia, I've written a list of rules I’d like to live by.

16 Things I Would Want, If I Get Dementia | Alzheimer's  Reading Room

When you work in dementia care, people tend to ask you a lot of questions. Probably one of the most common questions that I hear is,

“Are you afraid to get dementia when you’re older?”

Jul 29, 2016

Can a Smell Test Predict Early Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Researchers report that an odor identification test may prove useful in predicting cognitive decline and detecting early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.

Could a smell test be a useful tool in memory care and dementia care?
By Alzheimer's Reading Room

I wrote about the smell test many times here in the Alzheimer's Reading Room. It interests me not only because it would be a good way to detect Alzheimer's; but also I think it relates to why it is often difficult to get dementia patients to eat more food.

Thing about it? What usually happens when you smell food cooking? If it smells good - you get hungry. Those saliva glands get in action.

Jul 28, 2016

5 Ways to Redirect Someone With Alzheimer's

Redirection is a handy all-purpose tool for responding to many of the bothersome, inappropriate, or potentially unsafe behaviors of Alzheimer's and dementia patients.

How do you redirect a person living with Alzheimer's or dementia? | Alzheimer's Reading Room
By Paula Spencer Scott
Alzheimer's Reading Room

To redirect means to help the person move toward feeling better and acting more constructively — literally, to change the direction of things.

So how do you do it?

Jul 27, 2016

11 Ways to Safe Guard Your Home For Dementia Patients

Preparing your home to care for a loved one with Alzheimer's Disease or dementia can be difficult.

11 ways to safe quard you home for a person living with Alzheimers
By Carole B. Larkin
Alzheimer's Reading Room

For many people, their home represents their life accomplishments; this is especially true for individuals diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.