Aug 19, 2018

5 Ways People Living with Alzheimer's Can Have Fun

While I was caring for my mom, who lived with Alzheimer's, I learned that she reacted much better to visual cues than she did to verbal cues.

Alzheimer's care works more effectively when you keep the dementia patient involved | Alzheimer's Reading Room

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

This lead me to the conclusion that she could live a happier and more engaged life if I added visual cues to our daily environment and activities.

A toy parrot, stuffed animals that sing and dance, baby dolls, puzzles, and even a cup of coffee can help a person living with dementia to have a happier life.

People living with Alzheimer's want to have fun, just like you and me.

Aug 18, 2018

Why People Living with Dementia Want to Go Home (Podcast, Caregiving)

When my mother who lived with Alzheimer's first started saying - I want to move back to south Philadelphia I really couldn't understand why?

Why do people living with Alzheimer's want to go home
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

She had not live in Philadelphia since the 1940s; and, had been living in south Florida for more than 30 years.

Saying I want to go home, to a place from the past, is a common occurrence among people living with dementia. Most caregivers hear this over and over and have problems dealing this this issue.

It took a while but I finally figured out why and what to do it about it.

Aug 16, 2018

Pacemaker for the brain shows promise in slowing rate of decline in Alzheimer’s Patients

The pilot study of Alzheimer's patients found that deep brain stimulation targeting frontal brain regions can reduce the overall performance decline typically seen in people with mild Alzheimer’ disease.

Pacemaker for the brain shows promise in slowing rate of decline in Alzheimer’s Patients

By Alzheimer's Reading Room

While most treatments for Alzheimer’s disease focus on improving memory, researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center conducted a study aimed at slowing the decline of problem solving and decision-making skills in these patients.

Thin electrical wires were surgically implanted into the frontal lobes of the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease to determine if using a brain pacemaker could improve cognitive, behavioral, and functional abilities in patients with this form of dementia.

Can Alzheimer's Caregiving Get Easier?

The effort it takes to foster contentedness in my mother, who lives in the late middle stages of Alzheimer’s Disease – that seems easier to me. Easier than last month. Easier than last year. What’s changed?

Does Alzheimer's caregiving get easier over time?
By Pamela R. Kelley
Alzheimer's Reading Room

What do you mean, easier?

Does it get easier to care for someone living with Alzheimer's disease?

The work, the labor, the volume of chores and tasks that fill the minutes from before first light until long after sunset – this part doesn’t diminish, it grows.

5 Things Every Caregiver Should Say and Think to Themselves

1. I am going to be doing this for a while, so I may as well go ahead and become the best caregiver I can be.

5 things every caregiver should say to themselves | Alzheimer's Reading Room
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

What you think and what you feel are important. Are you trying to be the best caregiver you can be?

If you think negatively the situation will remain negative.

If you think positively the situation will turn positive.

An effective Alzheimer's caregiver uses their brain to find ways to improve the situation. The more activities you engage in the better the situation becomes.

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