Nov 5, 2019

Communicating in Alzheimer's World

In order to begin the process of dealing with communication in a world filled with Alzheimer's you first need to make a simple important decision


Learning how to communicate with an Alzheimer's patient is an essential component of effective Alzheimer and dementia care.

-- you want to decrease both your stress as caregiver, and the stress of the person living with Alzheimer's disease.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

You want to reduce stress. You want to change the dynamic.

You want to change for the better -- you want and need to change the way things are.


Sep 5, 2019

The Alzheimer's Caregiver Blame Game

When you blame a person living with dementia for something they did you should try to remember - it is not their fault.


Caregivers often blame dementia patients for things they have no control over.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

I was talking to an elderly woman that was having a particularly difficult time dealing with her husband who lives with Alzheimer's disease.

When we started talking before I knew it she was off and running. She talked non-stop for about twenty minutes. She was clearly stressed out. It did not surprise me, I have seen and heard it before.

At the core of what she was saying was a single theme, blame.


Sep 1, 2019

How to Survive a Hurricane with an Alzheimer's Patient

Six of my most important tips for dealing with an Alzheimer's patient during a hurricane.


How to Survive a Hurricane with an Alzheimer's Patient
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

I took care of my mom, Dotty, for eight and a half years, 3,112 days. My mom lived with Alzheimer's disease.

We survived 2 hurricanes together including monster hurricane Wilma. A category 3 hurricane when it reached our home in Delray Beach, Florida.

Here are 6 of my most important tips for dealing with an Alzheimer's patient during a hurricane.


Learning How to Walk Backwards in Alzheimer's Care

As I learned to walk backwards I felt less anxious, less confused, and less and less anger. As a result, Dotty seem to do the same exact thing.

As I learned to walk backwards I felt less anxious, less confused, and less and less anger. As a result, Dotty seem to do the same exact thing.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

My father once told me, "you make your own bed and you sleep in it." This referred to the decisions you make in life, the problems you face in life, and how you deal with the resultant circumstances.

Ever tried to walk a long distance backward without looking over your shoulder? I doubt it.

Go ahead, start walking around you home backwards. No looking over your shoulder, eyes straight ahead, no peeking.

How do you think you will feel? Nervous, anxious, disconcerted?


Aug 27, 2019

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.