Oct 22, 2018

Alzheimer's Care, The Importance of Face-to-Face Communication

Does face to face conversation have a positive effect on attitude and behavior among the elderly and persons living with dementia?


The importance of face to face communication in dementia care.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

I took care of my mother from November 17, 2003 until the day she went to Heaven on May 25, 2012. 3,112 days.

When it all started she was "meaner than a junkyard dog". But then over time, she became sweeter, nicer, kinder, and more alive.

To this day I continually ask myself, Why?

How I Used My Forehead to Calm My Mother Living with Alzheimer's


How Do You Get an Alzheimer's Patient to Cooperate

What to do when dementia patient refuses care.


What to do when dementia patient refuses care.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

One of the biggest problems we face as caregivers is

How to get an Alzheimer's Patient to cooperate.


In order to get an Alzheimer's Patient to cooperate you need to make some changes in the way you communicate.

If you continue to try and explain why you want cooperation you are usually using too many words. Trying to convince a person living with dementia rarely works.

Instead of convincing you need to learn how to use fewer words; and, how to guide your loved one.

Here are 7 good articles that should help you accomplish this mission.

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Oct 18, 2018

3 Questions Every Alzheimer’s Caregiver Should Ask About Palliative Care

Alzheimer’s Disease is a terminal illness, and people can die from its complications. Medications do not stop the neurons from dying off. No procedures reverse dementia. From a palliative care perspective, every decision is made based on how the treatment will maintain, or improve, the life of a person living with dementia.


From a palliative care perspective, every decision is made based on how the treatment will maintain, or improve, the life of a person living with dementia.

By Rita Jablonski and Vicki Winstead
Alzheimer's Reading Room

As we move along our respective journey through Alzheimer’s World, we need to re-evaluate what quality of life means to the deeply forgetful in our care.


Oct 17, 2018

How I Used My Forehead to Calm My Mother Living with Alzheimer's

Caring for a person living with Alzheimer's is difficult. Sometimes you just don't know what to do. Imagine my mother saying to me - "get out, I can take care of myself". Imagine what that felt like?


Caring for a person living with Alzheimer's is difficult. Sometimes you just don't know what to do.
I took care of my mother, Dotty, for eight and a half years, 3,112 days.I know what it feels like to be a caregiver. I understand.

One of the biggest, most hurtful problems I faced was when she would tell me - "get out, I don't need you, I can take care of myself".

There I was. I had quit my job, dropped out of the world, and I was taking care of her 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When she said those words it felt like she didn't appreciate me or my effort. Every time she said it, which was often, it hurt me, it hurt my heart.

Then one day I decided to try and do something different to diffuse this problem.


Oct 13, 2018

Dementia Patient Wears the Same Clothes Over and Over

If you'd met him late in his dementia, you'd invariably see him in a stained plaid shirt and baggy, wrinkled gray trousers -- day after day after day.


If you'd met him late in his dementia, you'd invariably see him in a stained plaid shirt and baggy, wrinkled gray trousers -- day after day after day.
By Paula Spencer Scott
Alzheimer's Reading Room

My father had always been a careful dresser.

After he retired from his life of white shirts and ties, he wore a full rainbow of golf shirts and owned more cardigans than Mister Rogers.


You Cannot Leave a Person Living with Alzheimer's Alone

It is an enormous sacrifice but you cannot leave a person living with dementia at home alone. They just can't deal with it.


You Cannot Leave a Person Living with Alzheimer's Alone | Alzheimer's Reading Room
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room


At a certain point in the development of dementia, as the dementia progresses, a person cannot be left alone.


Dementia patients do not "cope" well when left alone.