Jun 19, 2018

Light Exposure in Nursing Homes Decreases Sleep Disturbances, Depression and Agitation in Alzheimer's Patients

A tailored lighting program in nursing homes can positively impact sleep, mood and behavior for patients with Alzheimer's disease

Bright Light Alzheimer's Reading Room

by Alzheimer's Reading Room

Tailored lighting intervention in nursing homes can positively impact:
  • sleep, 
  • mood 
  • and, behavior in patients with Alzheimer's disease,
according to preliminary findings from this study.

Jun 18, 2018

How Often Should You Visit a Memory Care Patient

Dr. Rita A. Jablonski is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced persons I know when it comes to memory care, dementia and caregivers.

The role of visitation in Memory care and dementia care.

I forwarded Rita a question from one of our readers.

"How Often Should You Visit a Memory Care Patient When They First Go In"?

This is an important question, and is often a great source of anxiety for Alzheimer's caregivers.

The answer often depends on the actual circumstances at the time.

Topic - Memory Care

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.