Aug 9, 2018

Help Alzheimer's

Do you need help with Alzheimer's caregiving or caring for a dementia patient?

Do you need help with Alzheimer's caregiving or caring for a dementia patient?

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Our labels pages make it easier for you to find the information you need as a caregiver to solve problems; or, how to better understand a person living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia.

Here are a few examples of articles that might be of help to you. You can find the link to the labels page below number 10.

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1. Can a Dementia Patient Remember an Act of Kindness?
Kindness is a behavior marked by a pleasant disposition, and real concern for (an)other. Kindness is a virtue.

2. Alzheimer's Tries to Kill Everyone It Touches
Alzheimer's destroys family relationships. Alzheimer's causes family and friends to abandon not only the person living with Alzheimer's but also their Caregiver.
Alzheimer's disease (AD) robs its victims of the ability to perform normal everyday activities. Activities that most of us take for granted.
Alzheimer's affects more than memory. It affects the ability to think, to concentrate, to make judgements, and it affects mood.

3. 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.

4. Dementia Care, Should A Caregiver be Truthful or Kind?
Alzheimer's care, is it more important to be truthful and cruel, or to be kind? It is easy for me to understand why an Alzheimer's caregivers feels the need to tell the truth to someone living with Alzheimer's even if the truth can be hurtful. After all who wants to be known as a liar?

5. 10 Tips for Communicating with an Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients
Do not argue with a person living with Alzheimer's. It gets you nowhere.
Ever feel like you just weren’t getting through or able to deal effectively with a person living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia? Try some of these tips to see if they help.

6. Why People with Dementia Say No (And What to Do About it)
There are ways you can interact with someone who has dementia to minimize the use of the word “No”, and to get them to cooperate more easily.

7. The Frightened, Angry, Anxious, Mean Dementia Patient
Don't get angry at the actions of someone that is living with dementia. Instead remind yourself - it is not their fault. 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.

8. 3 Ways to End the Dementia Care Blame Game
Are persons afflicted with dementia inherently mean? One of the most effective things I did as a caregiver is start keeping track (writing down) the negative episodes that my mother would perform each day.
I started to realize that many of these difficult behaviors happened around the same time each day.
For example, my mother would get up around 9:37 PM, get all agitated, and say she had to clean our home. She did not do this at any other time during the day.
How did I solve this problem? Ice Cream.

9. Can An Undetected Urinary Tract Infection Can Kill an Alzheimer's Patient
Urinary tract infections can be the "bane" of our existence as caregivers of people living with dementia.
UTIs are a cause of great distress. This happens to caregivers because urinary tract infection often go undetected even by doctors and physician assistants. Urinary tract infections in dementia patients don't always come with signs and symptoms. One of leading causes of death in Alzheimer's patients is infection.

10. Why Do People Living with Alzheimer's Want to Go Home?
Saying I want to go home, to a place from the past, is a common occurrence among the deeply forgetful (people living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia). It happens to most of us. How do you deal with this?

Our Help Alzheimer's label page contain hundreds of solutions to problems you might be facing each day. To use this labels page click the link below, scroll down the page and read the headings to each article. When you get to the bottom of the page click on Older Posts and just keep on going until you find what you need.

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Did you know the Alzheimer's Reading Room contains more than 5,000 articles and has been published since July, 2009? The website is designed to help caregivers deal with the problems they face each day.

Need Help? Search Our Award Winning Knowledge Base for Answers to Your Questions About Alzheimer's and Dementia

Help - make it easier for (someone) to do something by offering one's services or resources.

Advice - guidance or recommendations concerning prudent action, typically given by someone regarded as knowledgeable.

Guidance - advice or information aimed at resolving a problem or difficulty, usually given by someone with knowledge and experience.

Support - give assistance to enable a person to function or act more effectively.

Caregiver is a person who gives help and protection to someone who is sick or in need.

Purpose the reason for which something is done or for which something exists. Having as one's intention or objective.

Empathy the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Bob DeMarco, Alzheimer's Reading Room, 2018, "Help Alzheimer's