Jan 13, 2015

Advice and Insight Alzheimer's Reading Room

The more I learned the more I wanted to know about Alzheimer's disease. Understanding Alzheimer's is not an easy thing to do.

“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” -- Aristotle

"The Best Way to Find Caregiver Solutions to Problems"

by Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

The Metamorphosis of This Alzheimer's Caregiver (Part One)

The more I learned the more I wanted to know. I learned a great deal about Alzheimer's disease--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.

Alzheimer's World -- Two Circles Trying to Intersect

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

Communication in Alzheimer's World

Let's face it, dealing with Alzheimer's is not easy. Understanding Alzheimer's disease is not easy...

The Metamorphosis of This Alzheimer's Caregiver (Part Two)

It is difficult to describe the range of emotions a caregiver might feel or experience in a single day. Imagine being happy and then sad, caring then angry, focused then frustrated -- an almost endless stream of feelings and emotions that conflict.....

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....

Alzheimer's Caregiver Lament -- I can't take her out because she eats with her hands

The positive effects of socialization, initiative, and motivation on the part of Alzheimer's sufferers and their caregiver should not be overlooked. I believe these are as important as the medication......

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.

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.

Alzheimer's Caregiver 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...

Which Drugs Increase the Risk of Falling for the Elderly

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

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

The decision to keep a parent home or place them in a facility is never an easy choice, and is usually contemplated for a long time. The horror stories we’ve all heard about nursing homes can make anyone cringe.

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.

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.....

The Frightened, Angry, Anxious, Mean Dementia Patient

Bored, frightened, bewildered, apprehensive, anxious and angry. I can say that everyone of those words applied to Dotty when I first arrived in Delray Beach to care for her.

It just amazed me how easy it was for Dotty to get out of balance. To get mean.

Mom Didn't Laugh for Two Years and Then I Had Her Thyroid Checked

After her diagnosis of probable Alzheimer's, my mother didn't laugh for 2 years. She rarely smiled. The I read the Alzheimer's Action Plan and it changed our lives.

Publisher Alzheimer's Reading Room
Author Bob DeMarco
January, 2015
Title: "Advice and Insight Alzheimer's Reading Room"

Originally published in the Alzheimer's Reading Room, January 13,2015