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

Apr 12, 2018

Accepting Repetitive Alzheimer's Behavior as the New Normal

It was only after I finally understood that the behaviors my mother was engaging in were normal for a person living with Alzheimer's disease that I was able to finally accept Alzheimer's.


It was only after I finally understood that the behaviors my mother was engaging in were normal for a person living with Alzheimer's disease that I was able to finally accept Alzheimer's.

I contemplated the problem for years.

how can you stop a person that has Alzheimer's disease from asking the same question over and over?


How can you stop a person living with Alzheimer's disease from engaging in the same behaviors over and over?

Help me.


Apr 11, 2018

Alzheimer's Breakthrough: Researchers Fix Genetic Risk Factor for Alzheimer’s Disease in Human Brain Cells

Scientists have known for decades that people with two copies of a gene called apolipoprotein E4 (apoE4) are much more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.



One copy of the apoE4 gene variant doubles the risk (likelihood) of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Having two copies of this genetic variant puts people at 12 times the risk. The apoE4 variant is the largest known genetic risk factor for the development of Alzheimer's disease.