May 18, 2018

How to Take Care of a Dementia Patient in the Hospital

Keep in mind that bad behaviors in the hospital can be attempts by your loved one to communicate that there is a problem, an unmet need, fear, fatigue or pain.


I'll Take Care of You

Be a detective and try to figure out what it can be. Advocate for your loved one, they can’t do it for themselves.

Why Won't Family Help, and Why Do They Criticize Us?

The worst part of being a caregiver for a person living with dementia is that you seldom get much real help from family.


Why Won't Family Help, and Why Do They Criticize Us? | Alzheimer's Reading Room

By Donna StClair
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Time and again I have heard the same refrain:
the worst part of being a caregiver is that you seldom get much real help from family and close friends who should be able to pony up and provide just a smidgen of assistance.
I’ve got something worse than worst.

Instead of help and assistance, I get criticism.


May 17, 2018

Dementia Care, Do You Need to Change?

I thought I had changed. But, it wasn't until I had my great epiphany, of sorts, that I found a way to cope and communicate effectively with a person living with dementia.


By now many of you have heard me say:

Something had to change and that something was me.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

It took me 18 months of trying to figure out how I could best deal with my mother before I came to the conclusion that I had to change. It finally happened at 1 AM on May 7, 2005.

Prior to my revelation and new inspiration I was already convinced that I had changed.


Connecting with a Person Living with Dementia

Do you ever feel disconnected or detached from a person living with Alzheimer's and dementia? What do we do in order to understand, cope, and communicate with a person living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia?


Connecting with a Person Living with Dementia
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

It is very easy to feel disconnected from a person living with dementia. Let's face it, the person living with dementia changes while we remain the same.

Our tendencies is to continue communicating with them in the same way we always have. This usually worked well in the past. Now, all of a sudden it is not working.

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