Dec 12, 2018

How to Accept Alzheimer's and Operate in Alzheimer's World

The Alzheimer's patient starts to feel different. They feel your acceptance. Instead of thinking you are the enemy, they start to feel that you are the protector. Their security blanket.



By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room


When a person has Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia they are often difficult to deal with. The behaviors they express are often difficult to accept.

As caregivers we just don't understand them very well.


Visiting a Person Living with Alzheimer's

Many people have told me how difficult they find it to visit friends and family who have Alzheimer’s and dementia.


Many people have told me how difficult they find it to visit friends and family who have Alzheimer’s and dementia.

By Marilyn Raichle
Alzheimer's Reading Room

“We have nothing to talk about. I don’t know what to say.”
“It’s so sad – she is everything she never wanted to be.”

“She would hate this so much. This was her worst nightmare.”

So the pattern begins...

Water is Invisible and Disconcerting to Dementia Patients

The simple fact is many Alzheimer's patients don't like water because they no longer perceive water in the way that you and I do.


Dementia patients don't like water because they no longer perceive water the way we do.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Water is nearly invisible and often disconcerting to the typical Alzheimer's patient. 


They don't like to drink it, and they don't like to take a shower or bath in it.


Dec 11, 2018

The Estrogen Dilemma and Alzheimer's Disease

“Why did my primary-care physician give me an antidepressant when I could have had something simple, like estrogen?” she asked. “Why don’t they know?


Did you know, 68 percent of the persons that have Alzheimer's disease are women?
“Sixty-eight percent of all victims of Alzheimer’s are women. Is it just because they live longer? Let’s say it is, for purposes of discussion. Let’s say it’s just because these ladies get old. Do we just say, ‘Who cares?’ and move them into a nursing home? Or alternatively, maybe they are telling us something.” -- Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton