Feb 19, 2017

Repetitive Questions and Learning How to Communicate Effectively with a Person Living with Dementia

One thing that drives Alzheimer's caregivers crazy is repetitive questions and repetitive behavior.

Alzheimer's and dementia patients ask the same questions over and over, what can you do about it?

It is clear to me that a large fraction of patients with Alzheimer's disease ask the same questions over and over.

I understand how disconcerting this can be -- I experienced it first hand, and I know how it feels.

It took me a long time to understand repetitive behavior and how to adjust to it. I am looking at my Leonardo da Vinci pad and some of my bunkhouse notes right now.

Feb 18, 2017

Dementia Care Should A Caregiver be Truthful or Kind?

In Alzheimer's care is it more important to be truthful and cruel; or to be kind?

Alzheimer's caregivers don't want to lie but they must decided is it better to kind than truthful?
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

I had an interesting and wonderful conversation with Susan Frederickson, the Caregiver Program Specialist, for the Area Agency on Aging of the Permian Basin (Midland, Texas).

Susan is full of knowledge and has a deep understanding of Alzheimer's caregiver life. We talked about a long list of issues that Alzheimer's caregivers deal with each day, and as a result I decided to write about "Lies".

About how difficult it can be when a person living with Alzheimer's asks a question that if answered "truthfully" are likely to cause sadness, confusion, or might be met with challenging behavior.

3 Ways to Redirect a Dementia Patient and Embrace Reality

Some caregivers find it difficult to redirect Alzheimer's patients - why not try these simple methods?

Caregivers find it difficult to redirect Alzheimer's patients, why not try these methods?
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Learning how to redirect an Alzheimer's patient is often difficult. The concept itself is difficult to grasp.

Learning how to embrace the reality of a dementia patient is also difficult.

Learning how to redirect a person living with dementia and how to embrace reality are essential components of effective caregiving.

Learning how to do this takes patience and a little practice.

Feb 17, 2017

Urinary Tract Infection, You Can Learn From My Experience

When a UTI goes undetected in an Alzheimer's patient they can become mean, delusional, dull, disoriented or worse. Undetected UTIs are common in Alzheimer's and dementia patients.

Alzheimer's care and Dementia Care UTI

Yes, there is such a thing as a silent urinary tract infection. Silent means no clear cut sign of physical pain, no burning sensation, and no discernible odor.

The Connection Between UTI and Worsening Dementia