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Breaking the News When It’s Alzheimer’s

January 27th, 2015

 Why Informing Others Is Important: When a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s it is usually very difficult to decide whether or not to make the diagnosis public, but there are many advantages to doing so. One is that it will help others be more understanding and compassionate with the diagnosed person. In addition, revealing the[…]

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3 Things Alzheimer’s Caregivers Should Never Do

January 20th, 2015

Don’t Be in Denial When a loved one shows signs of dementia it’s painful to acknowledge it. It’s common for their friends and loved ones to be in denial. It’s easy to ignore the symptoms, make excuses for the person, or push the symptoms to the back of your mind. The problem with denial is[…]

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10 More Tips for Visiting People With Alzheimer’s

January 13th, 2015

Here are 10 more tips for visiting people with Alzheimer’s: Make eye contact Only ask one question at a time Talk about the old days more than recent information Do not correct or argue with the person Use their name frequently while talking Don’t visit if you find they already have a visitor; wait until[…]

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10 Tips for Visiting a Person With Alzheimer’s

January 9th, 2015

Introduction: Many people simply don’t know how to interact with or entertain people who have Alzheimer’s. The following tips will help you improve the quality of your visits. With a little thought and visiting experience you may come up with more tips yourself. In my next post I’ll publish 10 more tips. Speak Slowly and[…]

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Writing Poetry With a Person Who Has Alzheimer’s

January 2nd, 2015

I volunteer to visit some ladies with Alzheimer’s at a local memory care facility. One of “My Ladies” is Ruth. One day when I was visiting Ruth I got the idea of writing some poems together. I decided we’d write happy poems. I decided to simply start off by saying what I thought would be[…]

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People With Alzheimer’s Can Be Stumped by the Simplest Things

December 26th, 2014

People with Alzheimer’s may have great difficulty figuring out the simplest activities. The following story illustrates that poignantly. One day at the end of my visit to Ed, he accompanied me to the front door. When we reached the door we went through our usual leave-taking, saying good-bye repeatedly and blowing kisses to each other.[…]

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15 Tips for Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

December 19th, 2014

Become an educated caregiver: Some useful sites for educating yourself are the Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Reading Room. Also, attend any caregiving seminars presented in your community. Ask for help – and accept it: Don’t be too proud to ask for help. Getting help can make a major difference in your life. Take care[…]

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A Resource for You: Journey of a Lifetime

December 12th, 2014

The Journey of a Lifetime: The Caregiver’s Guide to Self-Care, by Jane Meier Hamilton, MSN, RN. Infinity. 2010. 129 pages. Available on Ms. Hamilton has been a psychiatric nurse for 35 years and a family caregiver for 20 years. For 8 of those years she cared for her mother, who had Alzheimer’s. She also[…]

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5 Problems Associated With Caring for a Mid- to Late-Stage Patient at Home

December 12th, 2014

Many people would rather die than place their loved one in an institution. But such placement may actually be the best solution for the person. Although your loved one may have previously stated their adamant opposition to going to a nursing home, many mid- to advanced-stage Alzheimer’s patients will soon forget they were even moved.[…]

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Need Advice This Very Minute? 2 Helplines You Can Call

December 5th, 2014

Here are two helplines you can call to get instant advice. (Please note, however, that you should call 911 for emergencies.) The Alzheimer’s Association Hotline: 1-800-272-3900 Staff can answer questions, help you process your feelings, assist in problem solving and, when needed, link you to resources at your local Alzheimer’s Association. The Association stresses that[…]

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