Aug 27, 2010

Alzheimer's Reading Room -- Topics Pages

By +Bob DeMarco
+Alzheimer's Reading Room

If you look over to the right on the sidebar you will see an area labeled -- By Topics.

The website now 5,000 articles. The bigger the site gets, the harder it is to find information. This is particularly true for new subscribers and new readers.

Over the coming months I am going to make a concerted effort to better organize the information by topic.

We have lots of good information on effective caregiving and multiple articles on issue that Alzheimer's caregivers face each day. I believe we have high quality information on topics like urinary incontinence, problems with bowel movements, wandering -- you name it.

Today, I started to add a new topic -- Alzheimer's and Driving. We actually have several more articles that I will add to that topics page. In the meantime, if you are dealing with this issue, or if you meet others along the way that are "grappling" with this issue, please tell them about this topic area.

In the meantime, I want to make you aware of the search box that is also located on the right sidebar. You can enter a keyword to find information on topics that are of interest to you.

For example, if you enter the word -- poop -- you will find this article listed as the fourth one down:

Alzheimer's and the Dreaded Bowel Movement

If you put in -- urinary incontinence -- you'll get this as number one:

Alzheimer's Caregiving : Dealing with Bladder Infections and Urinary Incontinence(Part One)

I am in the process of developing an entire series on this issue. Once it is completed, I will add it as a Topic.

I am convinced that urinary incontinence is one of the biggest problems that Alzheimer's caregivers face. I am not an advocate of medication to solve this problem. I am an advocate of "bunkhouse logic" and when I get this series completed it will go from "soups to nuts" on this issue and end with me explaining in a more streamlined way how we beat this problem:

Urinary Incontinence -- How We Beat Alzheimer's Dementia Incontinence -- The Solution

It took me years to finally learn that my mother was suffering from frequent UTIs. This in spite of the fact that my mother visited her doctor on an average of more than one time a month.

It took me years to finally figure out a solution to the problem of urinary incontinence. Once I did both of the above, I finally arrived at the most difficult part, the hardest part, implementing the solution. Training myself day by day until I reached the point where the solution was a part of our daily routine.

The pee is for the most part gone. No more yellow river. Believe it or not.

It was not easy doing this. However, I am now convinced that the solution could work for millions facing the problem.

Now I am back to my main point in this article. I need to get all the information organized so that Alzheimer's caregivers can benefit from this information.

Oddly, all the information on urinary incontinence including how to "beat it" is already available on this blog. The problem? You would have to be a master "fisherman" to find it on this blog. It is all over the place and actually spans a period of over 18 months from beginning to now.

Please put your thoughts, advice, and comments on how I might best organize this blog below. I can use the feedback.

If you have a good solution to any problem -- no matter how big, or how small -- consider submitting it as an article for all to read.

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