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Thursday, July 31, 2014

What to Do About Loss of Inhibition and Problem Behaviors Caused by Dementia


Loss of inhibition is not uncommon in people living with dementia.

By Marie Marley
+Alzheimer's Reading Room

Gary walked into the dining room at the memory care facility where he lived and promptly took off all his clothes amid screams from two of the ladies. His wife, Delores, who was visiting him at the time, was mortified.

What to Do About Loss of Inhibition and Problem Behaviors Caused by Dementia

Gary had been doing this for days and nothing she said or did caused him to stop.

When he did it last week it was even worse because he’d urinated right then and there.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Me and My Alzheimer's Shadow


Shadowing causes the Alzheimer's caregiver to feel like their personal space is being violated. They feel smothered. Caregiver attempts to separate themselves from the person with dementia can lead to the perception on the part of the patient that they are being rejected or worse.

By Carole B. Larkin
+Alzheimer's Reading Room

Me and My Alzheimer's Shadow

Some people start exhibiting a behavior I call “shadowing” in the mid-stages of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Those who are able to walk or roll in their wheelchairs will literally follow their loved one or caregiver around the house trying to be as close as they physically can to the other person.

After awhile this behavior becomes disconcerting and even annoying to the Alzheimer's caregiver.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

2 Nonverbal Communications Tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers


Are you having difficulty understanding, coping and communicating with a person living with dementia? Try these 2 tips.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

It isn't easy to learn how persons living with Alzheimer's think, feel, and act; and, why they do what they do.

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This is understandable. No one taught us how to do it, and we are not prepared in life to deal with behaviors that are caused by brain disorders.

When a person living with dementia changes the way they communicate with us most of us become what can best be called discombobulated.

Discombobulated: confused, disconcerted, upset, frustrated, and then angry.

This happens because we continue to communicate with them in the way we always have over the course of our lives.

Sooner or later most of us realize, this isn't going to work.

Monday, July 28, 2014

12 Ways to Help an Alzheimer’s Caregiver


Nancy is the primary caregiver for her husband, George, who has mid-stage Alzheimer’s. It’s exhausting work. She’s on call 24/7 and often feels overwhelmed by her responsibilities, which seem never ending.

Marie Marley
Alzheimer's Reading Room


Sally – Nancy’s best friend – stands by and watches as Nancy becomes more worn out by the day. Sally would like to help but she doesn’t have any idea what to do.

Every time she asks Nancy how she can help, Nancy just says, “There’s really nothing you can do.” Sally takes this at face value and after a while stops asking.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 15 million people are serving as caregivers to people with Alzheimer’s, providing over 1.7 billion hours of unpaid care every year.

Carrying out their duties has a negative effect on their physical and mental health.

See my previous article, How Alzheimer’s Caregiving Harms Your Health, for more details about the impact of caregiving – especially taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s.

NOTE: Alzheimer’s caregivers may want to share this article with their friends and relatives.