May 21, 2018

Advice and Insight Into Alzheimer's and Dementia

"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest." -- Thomas Moore

The Best Way to Find Solutions to the Problems Alzheimer's Caregivers Face Each Day.

Alzheimer's Dementia

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

1. The Metamorphosis of This Alzheimer's Caregiver

The more I learned the more I wanted to know. I learned a great deal about Alzheimer's disease and dementia--including the science. It helped me understand a very mystifying disease. It helped me to put a frame around something that is difficult if not impossible to describe.


2. Communication in Alzheimer's World

Learning how to communicate with a person living with dementia is not easy. It is, however, well worth the effort.

How to Get Answers To Your Questions About Alzheimer's and Dementia

3. Alzheimer's World -- Two Circles Trying to Reconnect

When Alzheimer's strikes communication and behavior change abruptly -- overnight. It is up to the caregiver to adjust since the person suffering from dementia is incapable of the adjustment. Understanding this need is the first big step.


4. Are Alzheimer's Caregivers the Forgotten?

Many Alzheimer's caregivers are forgotten by family and friends. This is a sad truth that is rarely discussed....

5. Alzheimer's Disease -- The Front Row

Knowing that the day is coming when your loved one -- won't know you-- is the most horrific feeling of them all for an Alzheimer's caregiver....

6. 4 Lessons I Learned About Alzheimer's Caregiving

I learned that people living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia are not the enemy, they are our loved one's.

7. The Metamorphosis of This Alzheimer's Caregiver -- I Wish

Once I entered Alzheimer's world I did learn something fascinating -- my mother is full of feelings and emotion. I learned that I could connect with her....

8. The Alzheimer's Hamster Within YOU

I believe changing behavior, understanding what is happening, and a willingness to change the communication dynamic are the first steps to Alzheimer's caregiver happiness.

9. Urinary Tract Infection, You Can Learn From My Experience

When a UTI goes undetected in an Alzheimer's patient they can become mean, delusional, dull, disoriented or worse. Undetected UTIs are common in Alzheimer's and dementia patients.

10. Alzheimer's Care, Sitting in The Front Row

Knowing that the day is coming when your loved one -- won't know you-- is the most horrific feeling of them all for an Alzheimer's caregiver.

11. Dealing with Difficult Behavior Caused by Dementia and Alzheimer's

I often get asked question about how I deal with my mother when she evidences erratic behavior.

12. Alzheimer's Care and the Dreaded Constipation Problem

I knew the solution to the dreaded bowel movement problem for years. I couldn't get my mother to cooperate. When she wouldn't cooperate, I would give up. At least three or four times over a two year period. I was finally able to implement my solution for one simple reason -- I was learning new and better techniques as an Alzheimer's caregiver over time.

13. Alzheimer's Care Lament This is Not the Person I Knew

In order to communicate effectively with a person suffering from Alzheimer's disease you need to come to an understanding that they are now living in a new world -- I often refer to this as Alzheimer's world...

14. Alzheimer's Care I Can't Take Her Out Because She Eats with Her Hands

"So many people get hung up on thinking, 'You're not the person I used to know.' That objectifies the person and distances you from them. It's saying, 'You're a problem' instead of, 'We're in this new place together."

15. 6 Reasons Why You Might Have to Put Someone with Dementia in a Memory Care Facility or Nursing Home

Every caregiver of a person living with Alzheimer's, Lewy Body dementia, Parkinson's or any other related dementia faces this gut wrenching question -

Should I put my loved with dementia in a nursing home or memory care facility?


16. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Sometimes while looking at all those stars I begin to look at the space between the stars -- I call this the Blue Nowhere...When I look at the Blue Nowhere, I begin to imagine all the persons suffering from Alzheimer's disease. The Blue Nowhere is very vast.

17. Alzheimer's Caregiver Love

"The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest." -- Thomas Moore...

18. Random Thought at the End of 2009

Alzheimer's will try to rob the Alzheimer's caregiver of their spirit. It will try and send them into the black hole of depression. Every day Alzheimer's whispers in the ear of the caregiver -- give up.

19. How to talk and communicate with dementia patients effectively

One of the biggest mistakes we make as dementia caregivers is to use too many words.
In other words, we try and explain to persons living with dementia why what they are saying or doing is wrong.

20. Sleep Medications for Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients

I often have family caregivers request medications to help people living with Alzheimer's and related dementia to sleep.

21. Dementia Care, Which Drugs Increase the Risk of Falling

Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for adults sixty-five and older...

Publisher Alzheimer's Reading Room
Author Bob DeMarco
March, 2010
Title: Advice and Insight Into Alzheimer's and Dementia

Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room