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Monday, March 21, 2011

Alzheimer's Caregiving Like Algebra 101


In order to be an excellent, effective Alzheimer's caregiver you must build a foundation in order to deal with the difficult tasks ahead...
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Day One
Do you remember when you were confronted with something new and you thought -- I'll never be able to do this?

I was one of the best students in all of Philadelphia, and I remember the first day at LaSalle College High School. The first day you get a pile of books. So many books that you have to buy something that looks like a doctors bag to carry them.


I remember looking in my Algebra book the first day and thinking, I'll never be able to do this. Now I am not the kinda guy that fears math. In fact, in every grade one through eight, I was the best. My favorite subject? Math.

As it turned out, I was able to do the Algebra.

Great right? Well not really. Later on it was on to geometry calculus, and physics.

The point. In order to move on to higher mathematics you have to get the basics down -- algebra.

This is how it is with Alzheimer's caregiving. You have to get the basics down first.

In order to be an excellent, effective Alzheimer's caregiver you must build a foundation in order to deal with the difficult tasks ahead. I bet most of you think you can't do physics. Well, effective caregiving is like doing physics, and I'll bet you can do it. But, you have to do your Algebra first.

A question I get asked all the time -- how do you deal with your mother asking you the same questions over and over?

I think a better question would be, why do Alzheimer's caregivers ask the same questions over and over?

Have you given considerable thought to the question -- why do Alzheimer's patients ask the same questions over and over? Or, do the same things over and over? Why?

Well, it would take me a while to explain why, and the needs of the typical Alzheimer's human being.

In the meantime, read this article -- How the Loss of Memory Works in Alzheimer’s Disease, and How Understanding This Could Help You.

Give this some thought. Then discuss this with others in the Add New Comment section below.

For our people in support groups, I would be interested in hearing how you deal with this issue.

If you decide to take this article into a support group for discussion, I would be interested in obtaining an article from you or someone in the group describing the discussion.



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Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. The blog contains more than 2,390 articles with more than 272,100 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.

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