May 26, 2017

Dementia Patients are People Too

Why are patients living with dementia abandoned by family, relatives and friends?

One of the biggest problems we face in the Alzheimer's and dementia care communities is the abandonment of both the caregiver and the person living with dementia by family, relatives and friends.

This causes a great deal of psychological and emotional pain for both the caregiver and the person living with dementia.

Embracing the reality of someone living with dementia

16 Ways to Get a Dementia Patient to Eat More Food

Alzheimer's and dementia patients often eat less, and have difficulty eating, because of problems like chewing, swallowing or digesting food.

How do you get an Alzheimer's patient to eat?
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Alzheimer's and dementia patients sometimes lose interest in eating. This can happen for a long list of reasons including loss of taste, the ability to smell, memory loss, and thinking they already ate.

Medications can also effect appetite, and can increase constipation.

When a person has Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, these problems can become more pronounced, and often effect mood, behavior, and physical functioning.

When Dementia Patients Don't Eat

May 25, 2017

The Importance of Positive Thinking in Dementia Care

You are what you think. How you think and the thoughts you think determine how you feel, perceive the world, and act. You control your brain.

How you think, positively or negatively, effect your experience in Alzheimer's care and dementia care.
By Bob DeMarco
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There is a continuum of Alzheimer's caregiving that runs from Burden to Joy.

Can how you think affect your Alzheimer's caregiving effort?

Can how you act effect your caregiving effort?

Can how you talk and the words you use effect your caregiving effort?

Can how you speak to a person living with Alzheimer's effect how they feel and act?

You bet it can.

May 24, 2017

Learning How to Communicate with Someone Living with Alzheimer's

You start feeling good about yourself and soon the person who has Alzheimer's will start feeling pretty good also. Instead of getting that nasty vibe from you, you will be sending a very different signal -- I care, I'm here for you.

The importance of communication in Alzheimer's and Dementia care should not be underestimated
By Bob DeMarco
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I finally realized that I was fighting Alzheimer's and this was not working. I needed to change.

Like it or not reality had changed.

This understanding lead me to a new place that I now call Alzheimer's World.

Alzheimer's World