Dementia & Alzheimers

Anger and Aggression Associated with Alzheimer’s

Anger and aggressive behaviors are common in someone suffering from Alzheimer's. Whether the aggression is verbal and/or physical, there are several things that may contribute it or anger. And there are definitely some things you can do to diffuse the situation. Either behavior can occur suddenly, with no apparent reason. These behaviors may not be something that was normal or even seen before. Whether it comes out of the blue or is resulting from a frustrating situation, remember that the disease is causing the behavior and the person can't help it. Aggression can be especially [...]

2014-06-23T11:47:58+00:00By |Dementia & Alzheimers|

Help a person with Alzheimer’s communicate

People with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia have difficulty expressing thoughts and emotions; they also have more trouble understanding others. Here are some tips from the Alzheimer's Association to help the person with Alzheimer's communicate: ・Be patient and supportive. Let the person know you're listening and trying to understand. Show the person that you care about what he or she is saying and be careful not to interrupt. ・Offer comfort and reassurance. If he or she is having trouble communicating, let the person know that it's okay. Encourage the person to continue to explain his [...]

2014-06-09T12:55:32+00:00By |Dementia & Alzheimers|

How to deal with Hallucinations and Delusions in Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients

Alzheimer’s disease causes memory loss and makes it hard for those who are afflicted with it to stay in the present. The most challenging things to deal with as a caregiver and/or family member are delusions and hallucinations. Knowing the difference between the two can help in knowing how to deal with them. A hallucination is a sensation that seems to be real, but is created in the mind. It can affect all 5 senses. When suffering from a hallucination, a person can see, hear, smell, feel or taste something that isn't really there. The [...]

2014-06-03T20:26:34+00:00By |Dementia & Alzheimers|

Normal Senior Moments or Alzheimer’s?

10 warning signs of Alzheimer's: Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer's or another dementia. Alzheimer's is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. There are 10 warning signs and symptoms. Every individual may experience one or more of these signs in different degrees. If you notice any of them, please see a doctor. 1. One of the most common signs of Alzheimer's is memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events; asking for the same information [...]

2014-04-22T14:14:23+00:00By |Dementia & Alzheimers|

Dementia Caregiver Tips

There are some easy tips to help ease the frustration on part of both the caregiver as well as the senior who suffers from Dementia. Understanding how dementia (there are about 90 forms of it by the way) affects the brain is key to understanding how it affects the person. This will help you find ways to communicate that help empower the person you’re caring for and ease frustration. The disease gradually pervades most areas of the brain. However, the evolving pattern of damage can vary greatly between different individuals. As a result, each person [...]

2014-04-22T14:15:48+00:00By |Dementia & Alzheimers|
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