Dec 7, 2016

Alzheimer's Care Killing our Parents with “Kindness”

We were proud of the fact that we had managed to honor our promise to never put her in a nursing home; and that, she was still able to continue living with dignity in her own home.

We honored our promise to her never put her in a nursing home | Alzheimer's Reading Room
By Shira Sebban
Alzheimer's Reading Room

“Who authorized this patient to be administered morphine?” The hospital geriatrician’s voice was stern as he addressed the staff clustered around my mother’s bed. “She’s for active care, not for palliative care – she’s going home!”

Alzheimer's and Sex In Nursing Homes

While every effort should be made to ensure that no resident comes to harm, care facilities must respect the rights of residents with dementia to make decisions about their relationships.

While every effort should be made to ensure that no resident comes to harm, care facilities must respect the rights of residents with dementia | Alzheimer's Reading Room
By Alzheimer's Reading Room

Recently the issue of sex and dementia in nursing homes has been back in the news. This is certainly a difficult issue that needs to be addressed head on.

It is happening - so what should be done? Is there a need for guidelines and case law?

As result of the recent news,  I decided to republish this abstract and summary of the paper that appeared in the Journal of Medical EthicsDementia, sexuality and consent in residential aged care facilities.

Dec 6, 2016

How to Take Care of a Dementia Patient in the Hospital

Keep in mind that bad behaviors in the hospital can be attempts by your loved one to communicate that there is a problem, an unmet need, fear, fatigue or pain. Be a detective and try to figure out what it can be. Advocate for your loved one, they can’t do it for themselves.

How to care of an Alzheimer's patient or dementia patient in the hospital.
By Carole B. Larkin
Alzheimer's Reading Room

I attended a wonderful lecture given by my friend Sydney Farrier, LCSW, in Dallas, TX.

She was speaking to professionals on

Challenges in Caring for a Hospitalized Dementia Patient.

I will attempt to translate some of the lecture for families so they can help the hospital personnel treat/manage their loved one in a way that will reduce agitation as much as possible, and provide the best outcome for the loved one with dementia.

Rewiring My Brain and Stepping into Alzheimer's World

Once you start to understand how things work in Alzheimer's World - you get calm and comfortable.

How to use you brain for more effective Alzheimer's care, dementia care, and memory care.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Once you get calm and comfortable you give off a better "vibe" to someone that has Alzheimer's.

Over time as you learn how to understand, cope and communicate with a person living with dementia you will find that instead of being at odds most of time you begin to relate better to each other. Once you start to relate to each other you find that it is much easier to operate in a world filled with Alzheimer's disease.

The key word here is relate.

How to relate to an Alzheimer's Patient