Sep 21, 2015

5 Things Every Caregiver Should Know on World Alzheimer's Day

September 21 is World Alzheimer's Day.

World Alzheimer's Day is a day to remember our loved one's with Alzheimer's; and, a day to honor the more than 100,000,000 dementia caregivers around the world.

World Alzheimer's Day is a day to remember our loved one's with Alzheimer's; and, a day to honor the more than 100,000,000 dementia caregivers around the world.

On this day, each year, organizations all around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer's disease and related dementia's.

There are about 5.4 million Americans living with dementia; and, an estimated 47 million worldwide.

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1.What is the Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer's?

There are many different kinds of fruits, just like there are many different types of dementia. Apples are the favorite kind of fruit, and Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia.

Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. Alzheimer's accounts for over 65 percent of those that are diagnosed with dementia.


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2. How to talk and communicate with dementia patients?

I frequently get asked - How do you talk with a person living with dementia?

One of the bigger mistakes we make is to use too many words. Many people are afraid to talk with a person living with Alzheimer's because they are afraid they will say the wrong thing, or upset the person. Here are a short list of suggestions on how to understand and communicate with a person living with dementia.


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3. What do person living with dementia like?

I often get asked this question. You might find the answer a bit off the wall. Ice cream makes dementia patients feel happy; and, changes the look on their face. They often seem very content after eating ice cream. Even when they were in a bad mood before eating the ice cream.


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4. How do dementia patients think and feel?

What helps Alzheimer's patients feel safe, secure and wanted? Here are ten communications tips that can help Alzheimer's caregivers improve the daily life of their loved one.

This article received more than 31,000 Facebook likes.

Learn More and Share - 10 Things a Person Living with Dementia Would Tell You If They Could


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5.  What are some of the early signs of dementia?

I wish I had known this one simple sign sooner. If I had my mother would have been diagnosed sooner, and at a time when she was still communicating effectively.

Learn More and Share - Problems with Balance, Walking, Falling an Early Sign of Dementia


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Bob DeMarco  is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR).

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