May 9, 2019

16 Things I Would Want, If I Get Dementia

Just in case I do get dementia, I've written a list of rules I’d like to live by.

Alzheimer's Forget Me Not

When you work in dementia care, people tend to ask you a lot of questions. Probably one of the most common questions that I hear is,

“Are you afraid to get dementia when you’re older?”

Test Your Memory for Dementia in 15 Minutes (SAGE)

The research from this Alzheimer's memory test, Self-Administered Geocognitive Examination (SAGE), shows that four out of five people (80 percent) with memory issues will be detected by this test.

Looking for a good memory test? This is one of the best backed by real research.

Ninety-five percent (95) of people who are normal thinking (memory) will have normal SAGE scores.

Please note.

If you find the test results suspicious, you should contact your doctor immediately, and ask for a neurological or geriatric consult.

These specialist can determine, through a series of tests, whether or not you are suffering from or headed for Alzheimer's disease.

SAGE is a brief self-administered cognitive screening test used to identify mild cognitive Impairment (MCI), Alzheimer's disease and early dementia. 

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Average time to complete the test is 10 to 15 minutes.

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SAGE - A Test to Measure Thinking Abilities

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May 4, 2019

Learning How to Communicate with Someone Living with Alzheimer's

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.

The importance of communication in Alzheimer's and Dementia care should not be underestimated

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

I finally realized that I was fighting Alzheimer's and this was not working. I needed to change.

Like it or not reality had changed.

This understanding lead me to a new place that I now call Alzheimer's World.

Communicating in Alzheimer's World

In Heaven There is No Alzheimer's

I have been thinking about this for a long time
In Heaven there is no Alzheimer's.
And now, I am convinced this is true.

Stairway to Heaven

In fact, I think when you go to Heaven you remember everything. The good stuff and the bad stuff.

While thinking about this I have concluded that the bad stuff is there to make you stronger.

Apr 3, 2019

5 Ways to Redirect Someone With Alzheimer's

Redirection is a handy all-purpose tool for responding to many of the bothersome, inappropriate, or potentially unsafe behaviors of Alzheimer's and dementia patients.

How do you redirect an Alzheimer's Patient?
By Paula Spencer Scott
Alzheimer's Reading Room

To redirect means to help the person move toward feeling better and acting more constructively — literally, to change the direction of things.

So how do you do it?