Jul 21, 2017

Alzheimer's Care - The Effect of Negative Feelings

There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.
― W. Clement Stone

Negative thoughts and feelings have a negative impact on the way we thing and care.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

The typical person has between 12,000 and 70,000 thoughts each day

Along with these thoughts come feelings. You are what you think.

It reminds me of hamster running around the wheel -- going nowhere fast.

Jul 20, 2017

Poll - How do Alzheimer's Caregivers Think and Feel?

Which of the following apply to you as an Alzheimer's caregiver? Which of these constantly bother you?

Alzheimer's care is often difficult, but can be rewarding.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

The typical Alzheimer's caregiver experiences an array of feelings and emotions each day.

Typical feelings include a sense of hopelessness, sadness, anger, stress, and an inability to control or change the situation.

Alzheimer's caregivers also experience feelings of happiness, accomplishment, and a strong sense of responsibility.

How to Get Answers To Your Questions About Alzheimer's and Dementia

Jul 19, 2017

5 Ways to Cheer Up a Dementia Patient

These tips are designed to help you keep a person living with dementia happy.

How to put a smile on the face of a dementia patient | Alzheimer's Reading Room

How do you keep an Alzheimer's patient happy?

As many of you know, I was always looking for ways to keep Dotty happy. How to keep her "more there".

They really go hand in hand.

Learn More - How the Smile is a Powerful Communication Tool in Dementia Care

Jul 17, 2017

How to Inspire a Dementia Patient to Shower

Getting an Alzheimer's patient to shower can be difficult. In order to accomplish this mission you will need to learn how to be a guide, how to use bright light, and how to use positive reinforcement.

Getting an Alzheimer's patient to shower can be difficult

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By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Thousands of caregivers and dementia professionals have used these techniques and they work.

My mother usually resisted when I asked her to take a shower - for years. When she occasionally said something other than NO, I looked to the heavens as if it was a reward.