Jun 17, 2018

The Importance of Touch and Kindness in Dementia Care

One of the biggest challenges Alzheimer's Caregivers face is how to communicate effectively with someone living with Alzheimer's disease. This challenge is particularly difficult when a person living with dementia becomes nasty and mean.

The importance of touch and kindness should never be underestimated in Alzheimers and dementia care.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

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.

Jun 14, 2018

Dementia Care Here is the Silver Lining in Losing Your Temper

It takes the patience of a saint to deal with many of the odd, frustrating, STRESSFUL behaviors of dementia.

Forget Me Not

by Paula Spencer Scott
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Um, I'm no saint.

I admit it: I've groused, "Dad! I just told you!" after he asked the score for the tenth time in five minutes.

I've argued with my father-in-law that no, his "new bride" (imaginary) was not "coming any minute in the Buick," even though I knew his frontotemporal dementia was behind his frequent delusions and hallucinations. I've walked out of a room when I couldn't stand any more crazy behaviors.

Even as I knew better.

Alzheimer's Patients Can't Make Decisions, So You Must Become Their Guide

It is very common for Alzheimer's (and dementia) patients to say No. There is a simple solution to this problem - become a guide, and if necessary, lend them your brain.

Guides will appear Alzheimer's Reading Room

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

One thing that really frustrates Alzheimer's caregivers is the tendency for most persons living with dementia to say -


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How Do You Convince an Alzheimer's Patient They Need Help?

Dotty never knew she had Alzheimer's. In the beginning when I was trying to explain this to her one of three things happened -- she became angry and said mean things to me, she started crying, or she went into the bedroom and wouldn't come out.

"When someone living with dementia believes something to be true it is true in Alzheimer's World".

How to Convince an Alzheimer's Patient They Need Help?

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