Feeling Safe and Secure in the Alzheimer's Environment - Think Ground Hog Day

Everyone wants to feel safe and secure. This is particularly true of persons living with Alzheimer's.

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Everyone wants to feel safe and secure, this is particularly true of persons living with dementia

I Don’t Want Her to Forget

My walk down my dementia care community’s hallway turned into a sprint as I saw a family member of one of my residents struggling to lift his mom. “Woah, woah!” I cried out, running for her wheelchair as he continued holding her up.

Forget me not, I Don’t Want Her to Forget

I took the chair and pulled it behind the couple as an aide helped me lower the woman into her chair.

Once she was settled safely in her chair, I looked up at him. “What are you doing?” I asked him, as calmly as I could. “She was about to fall,” I added.

What is Alzheimer's Disease?

What is Alzheimer's Disease?

Alzheimer's disease affects memory, thinking, concentration, and judgment; and, ultimately impedes a person’s ability to perform normal daily activities.

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In order to be an effective Alzheimer's caregiver or to communicate with someone living with Alzheimer's disease, you must build a solid foundation of understanding.

Understanding Alzheimer's is an essential part of this foundation.

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Have Rights, Too

By Marie Marley
Alzheimer' Reading Room

I'll take care of me Alzheimer’s caregivers have rights

The rights of people with Alzheimer’s are listed on many websites, including that of the Australian Ageing Agenda. While it is often overlooked caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s have rights also – plenty of them.

Too often caregivers dedicate themselves 100% to their charges, completely ignoring themselves and their own needs. This often leads to physical illness and mental health problems.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Respite Is Not Optional

“Good enough” is enduring 25 minutes of mean and nasty and unrelenting remarks on the drive to an adult day program twice each week.

By Pamela R. Kelley
Alzheimer's Reading Room

I'll take care of you | Alzheimer's Reading Room
Those of us who turn to The Alzheimer’s Reading Room as caregivers are making every effort we can to do right by our loved ones afflicted with dementia.

We sacrifice much in pursuit of the goal. We’re focused on trying to provide loving care, and trying to create some ease and contentment for someone we love who needs a lot of assistance.

Respite is essential. We’re in it for the long haul, and we have to last.

When our tank runs to empty, we simply cannot perform our roles with the same kind of enthusiasm or grace that we try to bring to the effort. We need to be able to restore our spirits so that we can bring our best efforts to bear.