Dec 9, 2016

How to Become a Dementia Care Detective

A dementia care detective is someone who uses their listening skills and perception abilities to figure out what a person with dementia may need. When a person with dementia is exhibiting a challenging behavior, a dementia detective tries out different options to solve the problem.


By Rachael Wonderlin
Alzheimer's Reading Room

The best way to help the person you’re caring for is to become a “Dementia Care Detective.”

Absolutely anyone can be a great dementia detective--you do not need any special training.


Try to put yourself in the shoes of a person living with dementia, what would you need to feel better?

As corny as it sounds, the best way to help the person you’re caring for is to become a “Dementia Detective.”

Someone with dementia might have trouble explaining why they’re upset, or what you can do to fix the problem.

Communication and Alzheimer's


Dec 8, 2016

Dementia Care, Why Do People with Dementia Yell For "Help"?

For many caregivers, hearing their loved ones yell for help is a common, upsetting, and frustrating experience.


Dementia care can be difficult especially when the patients yells for help.
By Rachael Wonderlin
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Becky sat, in a crowded room, screaming. "Help me!" she yelled, looking at different care aides. When they went to her seat, however, and asked what was wrong, Becky shrugged. "Just help me," she said.

Matthew walked down the hallway, repeating his daughter's name and asking for assistance. "Jennifer, Jennifer...help me. Help me, Jennifer." He did this all day, even when she was walking next to him.


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.