Nov 23, 2017

What is Alzheimer's Disease?

Alzheimer's definition. Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that typically causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia.

Alzheimer's disease affects the brain's ability to think, concentration, and remember.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Alzheimer's disease affects memory, thinking, concentration, and judgment.

Alzheimer's ultimately impedes a person’s ability to perform normal daily activities.

What is the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Nov 21, 2017

How to Use Bright Light to Improve Mood and Behavior in Alzheimer's Patients

One of the most important things I learned as an Alzheimer's caregiver was how to use bright light to change my mother's mood and behavior.

Bright light can be used effectively to change the mood and behavior of Alzheimer's patients.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

My mother, Dotty, had a tendency to get in a bad mood around 4:30 PM each day. It was like a form of sundowning. Learn more about that situation by following this link.

The Alzheimer's Caregiver Blame Game

When you blame a person living with dementia for something they did you should try to remember - it is not their fault.

Caregivers often blame dementia patients for things they have no control over.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

I was talking to an elderly woman that was having a particularly difficult time dealing with her husband who lives with Alzheimer's disease.

When we started talking before I knew it she was off and running. She talked non-stop for about twenty minutes. She was clearly stressed out. It did not surprise me, I have seen and heard it before.

At the core of what she was saying was a single theme, blame.

Why Do People Living with Alzheimer's Want to Go Home?

Do Alzheimer's patients want to go home? Or are they longing for a time and place when they were safe and secure and knew everyone's name and face?

Most Alzheimer's patients want to go home, Why?
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

My mother repeatedly said she wanted to move back home to a place where she had not lived for over 60 years - South Philadelphia.

The sound of her voice, the look on her face, the look of confusion and longing, often made me feel deeply sad.