Nov 20, 2016

10 Solutions to the Problems Dementia Caregivers Face Each Day

Help for dementia caregivers and the elderly | Alzheimer's Reading Room
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

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Caregivers are always searching for solutions to the problems they face each day. Here are ten of our best problem solving solutions.


1. How to Listen to an Alzheimer's Patient

Let's face it, Alzheimer's patients often say things that seem nonsensical to us; or, say things that leave us exasperated, confused, frustrated, and sometimes angry.

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2. How to Use Ice Cream as a Memory Care Tool

My mother would always get her ice cream around every evening.It made her happy. She would get a happy look on her face. She seemed very content.

3. How Do Alzheimer's Patients Die?

Some forget how to swallow. So when they eat they might start choking. More or less, the food goes down the wrong pipe, or gets caught in the air way.

4. 10 Tips for Communicating with an Alzheimer's Patient

Ever feel like your loved one is ignoring you or that you just weren’t getting through to your loved one? Try some of these tips to see if they help.

5. 5 Tips, How to get an Alzheimer's Patient to Shower

Readers did laugh when I first wrote this - "it is easier, in my opinion, to get a person living with dementia to take a shower every day, then it is to get them to take a shower twice a week".

6. When Alzheimer's Patients Say Mean Things, What do you do?

I understand how much the meanness can hurt. It happened to me for many years. It kept happening even though I was trying as hard as I could to reverse it.

7. 2 Nonverbal Communications Tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers

It isn't easy to learn how persons living with Alzheimer's think, feel, and act; and, why they do what they do.

8. How To Get an Alzheimer's Patient To Take Their Medication

Getting a person living with dementia to take their medication is often difficult, and is a common problem that is faced by Alzheimer's caregivers.

9. Alzheimer's Communication, Label Your Feelings and Breath

Learning to communicate with a person living with dementia is a difficult task. I say this because it requires change and developing new communication skills.

10. Alzheimer's Communication Tip -- Touching Foreheads and Kindness

At the beginning, my mother turned meaner than a junkyard dog. She said mean and nasty things to me every day. This was new. My mother had never engaged in these behaviors with me before.

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