Oct 17, 2017

Alzheimer's Care, Always Be Kinder Than You Feel

Alzheimer's care is difficult and dementia patients often say things that seem nonsensical to us; or, say things that leave us exasperated, confused, frustrated, and sometimes angry.


"Always be Kinder than you Feel"
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

What does the above message mean to you?

It is not easy to listen and understand a person living with Alzheimer's.

Learning how to understand, cope and communicate is important; and, takes time and practice.


You might want to consider reading the following articles which are very popular; and, have been widely shared on our Facebook and Google+ pages.

Kindness is a behavior marked by a pleasant disposition, and real concern for (an)other. Kindness is a virtue. Aristotle defined kindness as "helpfulness towards someone in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but for that of the person being helped."

1. How to Listen to an Alzheimer's Patient

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The issue: are you really listening to the person living with dementia? Or, are you immediately reacting, or overreacting to their words?

2. Communicating in Alzheimer's World

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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 -- you want to decrease both your stress as caregiver, and the stress of the person living with dementia.

3. Learning How to Communicate with Someone Living with Alzheimer's

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You start feeling good about yourself and soon the person who has Alzheimer's will start feeling pretty good also. Instead of getting that nasty vibe from you, you will be sending a very different signal -- I care, I'm here for you.

4. Alzheimer's Communication Tip, No More Blah Blah Blah

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In Alzheimer's World if you use too many words all you are really saying is Blah, Blah, Blah - Blah Blah. Once you learn how to use fewer words you will that the person living with dementia begins to cooperate.

5. Alzheimer's Care The Power of Purpose in Our Lives

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It is my belief that if Alzheimer's caregivers will open their mind, along with their heart, they can come to only one main conclusion - they are leading a meaningful and purposeful life.

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Publisher Alzheimer's Reading Room
Author Bob DeMarco
September, 2016
Title: Alzheimer's Care, Always Be Kinder Than You Feel
https://www.alzheimersreadingroom.com/2016/09/alzheimers-care-always-be-kinder-than-you-feel.html

Trust the firm belief in the reliability and truth of someone. Trustworthy a person you can rely on; a person you have confidence in.

Dementia care is the art of looking after and providing for the needs of a person living with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.

Flexibility the willingness to change or compromise.