May 31, 2016

How to Accept Alzheimer's and Operate in Alzheimer's World

The Alzheimer's patient starts to feel different. They feel your acceptance. Instead of thinking you are the enemy, they start to feel that you are the protector. Their security blanket.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

It is very difficult to understand a person living with dementia, but understand them we must.
When a person has Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia they are often difficult to deal with.

The behaviors they express are often difficult to accept.

As caregivers we just don't understand them very well.

May 30, 2016

5 Tips How to get an Alzheimer's Patient to Shower

Getting a person living with Alzheimer's or dementia to take a shower or bath is one of the most common problems we face as caregivers.

5 Tips, How to get an Alzheimer's Patient to Shower |

One of the earliest problems I faced with my mother, Dotty, was getting her to take a shower.

May 29, 2016

You Cannot Leave a Person Living with Alzheimer's Alone

It is an enormous sacrifice but you cannot leave a person living with dementia at home alone. They just can't deal with it.

At a certain point in the development of dementia, as the dementia progresses, a person cannot be left alone.

Dementia patients do not "cope" well when left alone.

She Said, Get Out, I said, I'm Not Going Anywhere

My mother was deeply forgetful and living with Alzheimer's. She did not seem to know or understand that she could no longer live or operate on her own.

Quote Always Be Kinder Than You Feel | Alzheimer's Reading Room
Person living with Alzheimer's can say mean things.

During the early years, my mother who was living with dementia would often say,

"Get out, I don't need you, I can take care of myself"

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