Aug 14, 2019

The Importance of Touch and Kindness in Dementia Care

One of the biggest challenges Alzheimer's Caregivers face is how to communicate effectively with someone living with Alzheimer's disease. This challenge is particularly difficult when a person living with dementia becomes nasty and mean.


The importance of touch and kindness should never be underestimated in Alzheimers and dementia care.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

At the beginning, my mother turned meaner than a junkyard dog.

She said mean and nasty things to me every day.

This was new. My mother had never engaged in these behaviors with me before.



Aug 12, 2019

2 Nonverbal Communications Tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Are you having difficulty understanding, coping and communicating with a person living with dementia? Try these 2 nonverbal communication tips.


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By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

It isn't easy to learn how persons living with Alzheimer's think, feel, and act; and, why they do what they do.



This is understandable. No one taught us how to do it, and we are not prepared in life to deal with behaviors that are caused by brain disorders.

When a person living with dementia changes the way they communicate with us most of us become what can best be called discombobulated.

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.


Don't get angry at the actions of someone that is living with dementia. Instead remind yourself - it is not their fault.
by Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

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.

How simple? Consider this.


Aug 10, 2019

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

Every caregiver of a person living with Alzheimer's, Lewy Body dementia, Parkinson's or any other related dementia faces this gut wrenching question -


Should I put my loved with dementia in a nursing home or memory care facility?


Should I put my loved with dementia in a nursing home or memory care facility?
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

We all face this gut wrenching decision. Most of us don't want to do it. But sometimes, it is the only decision, and only right decision.

There are a long list of reasons why you might have to place your loved one in a nursing home or long term care memory facility.

Learn More - 5 Tips, How to get an Alzheimer's Patient to Shower



Aug 8, 2019

Why Do People Living with Alzheimer's Want to Go Home?

Do Alzheimer's patients want to go home? Or are they longing for a time and place when they were safe and secure and knew everyone's name and face?


Alzheimer's patients often want to go home. Did you ever wonder why?

My mother repeatedly said she wanted to move back home to a place where she had not lived for over 60 years - South Philadelphia.


The sound of her voice, the look on her face, the look of confusion and longing, often made me feel deeply sad.


Aug 6, 2019

How to Listen to an Alzheimer's Patient


Alzheimer's Reading Room | How to listen to an Alzheimer's Patient

Two of the biggest problems Alzheimer's and Dementia caregivers face are how to cope, and how to talk with someone who has dementia.


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