Apr 20, 2018

Alzheimer's Affects the Way a Person Thinks, Feels, and Acts

One of the biggest issues we face as Alzheimer's caregivers is learning to understand how a person living with dementia thinks and feels, and why they act the way they do.


The changes that come with dementia can be distressing to a caregiver | Alzheimer's Reading Room
Early on, many of us conclude that the person living with dementia is being mean to us.

The changes that come with dementia can be distressing to a caregiver.

As caregivers we often feel angry, disconcerted and sometimes, we feel a sense of heavy burden, hopelessness, and even heartbreak.


Apr 19, 2018

13 Things Every Alzheimer's Caregiver Needs to Know

The biggest challenge we face as Alzheimer's caregivers is learning how to understand, cope, and communication with a person living with dementia.


The biggest challenge we face as Alzheimer's caregivers is learning how to understand, cope, and communication with a person living with dementia.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

The task of caring for a person living with dementia is often overwhelming.

I took care of my mom, Dotty, for eight and a half years, 3,112 days, so I know how you feel. I understand how you feel.


Apr 18, 2018

The Easiest Way to Collect a Urine Sample from a dementia patient or elderly person

From our reader Judith:

How do you get a urine sample from someone who doesn't understand what you're trying to do or resists the invasion of privacy?

How do you get a urine sample from an elderly person, Alzheimer's patient, or a person who won't cooperate?

This is an excellent question and I have not written about this in some time. So here we go.

Yes, getting a urine sample from a person living with dementia or an elderly person can be quite a task - sometimes near impossible.


Well, I have a solution to this problem that works 100% of the time if the person can take a pee on a toilet.


Apr 15, 2018

Alzheimer's Care, Don't Argue

Arguing with a person living with dementia is a common caregiver practice. Eventually caregivers learn this doesn't work, and it only makes things worse. What can you do about it?


Arguing with a person living with dementia is a common caregiver practice. Eventually caregivers learn this doesn't work, and it only makes things worse. What can you do about it?

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

I received an email today from our long time reader, Jean. She reminded me of these two little words - don't argue.

I remember when I argued with Dotty every day. Guess what -- it made our lives miserable.

I wonder what percent of Alzheimer's caregivers argue - like 98.6 percent? Do you argue?


Apr 14, 2018

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

Getting a person living with Alzheimer's or dementia to take a shower or bath is one of the most common problems we face as caregivers.


How do you convince an Alzheimer's or dementia patient to take a bath.

One of the earliest problems I faced with my mother, Dotty, was getting her to take a shower.


In the beginning, I would typically make a common Alzheimer's caregiver mistake - I would try to convince my mom to take the shower.

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This usually resulted in me trying to convince her that she needed a shower, the importance of the shower for good health (hygiene), or trying to convince her she would "stink" if she didn't take a shower.

Apr 13, 2018