Apr 16, 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.

How Hard is it to Accept a Person Living with Dementia

I feel confident when I say this -- you won't be able to convince a person who is living with dementia that you are right and they are wrong.

Alzheimer's Care and Dementia Care accepting a person living with Alzheimer's
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

The day I learned to embrace my mother's reality was one of the happiest days of my life.

Embracing her reality was like giving her a great big hug; instead of, slapping her in the face by correcting her, or embarrassing her by making her look like a fool.

Apr 15, 2017

What to tell loved ones with dementia about their friends and family who have passed away

I get a lot of questions on my blog, Dementia By Day, regarding what to tell loved ones with dementia about their friends and family who have passed away.

These are always tricky situations, because, while we don’t want to “lie” to our loved ones with dementia, we do not want them to mourn the loss of a family member over and over again.

Apr 13, 2017

10 Things Every Alzheimer's Caregiver Needs to Know and Discuss with Their Doctor

Good advice for caregivers and people living with Alzheimer's and dementia.

The American Geriatrics Society has published a list of ten things doctors and their patients should consider, know and understand.

I think it is important for every caregiver of a person living with Alzheimer's, or a related dementia, to discuss these 10 issues with the doctor. Doing this in advance might be one of the most important caregiver decisions you can make.

It might also be a good idea to share this article in support groups, and bookmark (save) it so you can find it when you need it.