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.

Jul 14, 2017

Dying from Dementia, Suffering Often Unnecessary

This discussion and research on Dying with Dementia and the unnecessary care that often accompanies the late stages of dementia is worth discussing and considering.

Since individuals with advanced dementia cannot report their symptoms, these symptoms often are untreated, leaving them vulnerable to pain, difficulty breathing and various other conditions.
By Alzheimer's Reading Room

This topic is often overlooked and avoided until it is too late.

I believe these issues should be considered, and when possible, discussed in support groups. This information is worth sharing and discussing with family members.