Aug 14, 2018

Rewiring My Brain and Stepping into Alzheimer's World

Once you start to understand how things work in Alzheimer's World - you get calm and comfortable.


the stairs to Alzheimer's World
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Once you get calm and comfortable you give off a better "vibe" to someone that has Alzheimer's.

Over time as you learn how to understand, cope and communicate with a person living with dementia you will find that instead of being at odds most of time you begin to relate better to each other. Once you start to relate to each other you find that it is much easier to operate in a world filled with Alzheimer's disease.

The key word here is relate.

Care of Dementia Patients


Aug 9, 2018

Help Alzheimer's

Do you need help with Alzheimer's caregiving or caring for a dementia patient?


Do you need help with Alzheimer's caregiving or caring for a dementia patient?

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Our labels pages make it easier for you to find the information you need as a caregiver to solve problems; or, how to better understand a person living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia.

Here are a few examples of articles that might be of help to you. You can find the link to the labels page below number 10.

Aug 7, 2018

Can an existing Alzheimer's drug stop Alzheimer's disease if taken before symptoms develop?

Researchers found that an FDA-approved drug, memantine, currently used only for alleviating the symptoms of moderate-to-severe Alzheimer's disease, might be used to prevent or slow the progression of the disease if used before symptoms appear.


Are you worried about Alzheimer's disease because your mother or father lived with the disease?
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Are you worried about Alzheimer's disease because your mother or father lived with the disease?

This study really caught my attention and for a simple reason. My mom, Dotty, took memantine (Namenda) for five years with good results.

Should I consider taking this drug right now? It costs less than $50 for a 3 month supple. And, the drug has minimal side effects (none with my mom).

About 50 percent of people who reach the age of 85 will develop Alzheimer's disease.


3 Ways to Redirect a Dementia Patient and Embrace Reality

Some caregivers find it difficult to redirect Alzheimer's patients - why not try these simple methods?


Some caregivers find it difficult to redirect Alzheimer's patients - why not try these simple methods?

Learning how to redirect an Alzheimer's patient is often difficult. The concept itself is difficult to grasp.


Learning how to embrace the reality of a dementia patient is also difficult.

Learning how to redirect a person living with dementia and how to embrace reality are essential components of effective caregiving.

Learning how to do this takes patience and a little practice.


Aug 6, 2018

Spouses of Dementia Patients Pay a Heavy Toll

I had to put my life on hold when I decided to take responsibility for my mother. After 8 years of care giving, I found great emotional reward in caring for her. However, I met other caregivers that were clearly suffering from the experience.


Caregivers often experience great anxiety and feeling of sadness and loneliness.

by Alzheimer's Reading Room

A study of spouses of dementia patients at Case Western Reserve University found that:
  • Some caregivers may have feelings of guilt about participating in activities with friends or in the community when their loved ones are no longer able to do so
  • Caregivers report feelings of sadness and loneliness
  • 25 percent of caregivers in the study suffered from depression
  • and, only 23 percent of those questioned did not feel burdened by the responsibilities of caring for their spouses.