The Role of Reassurance, Attachment and Connectedness in Effective Alzheimer's Care

This article explains what I was thinking on this issue.Alzheimer's Communication Tip -- Touching Foreheads and KindnessOver time I finally realized that usingtoo many words only confused my mother and often lead to her beinganxious, confused and angry.In Alzheimer's World if you use too many words all you are really saying is Blah, Blah, Blah - Blah Blah.An Alzheimer's Communication Tip - No More Blah Blah BlahThebottom line as I see it. Instead of making it all aboutyou, start looking at the worldfrom the view of the person living with dementia. As a result of Alzheimer's or a related dementiathey see and hear things differently than we do.Theirperception of our words and actions are often quite different than we might be thinking.If we "tweak" our behavior just a bit we should find that they become kinder, and gentler, and more joyful to be around.The goal is to reattach to our loved one living with dementia. This is not easy to do. Because of Alzheimer ’s we often become disconnected.This happens in part because we continue to interact with our loved one in the way we always have. In most cases this is not effective.So we must all try harder to understand. To understand that it is not all about us - the caregiver.It is about our loved one and how their brain is changing and how we have to adapt to those changes in order to understand, cope, and communicate with them.To summarize.Remember that constant reassurance is necessary. Our loved one can no longer r...
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This study examined the link between depression/anxiety/PTSD and dementia by evaluating the prevalence of these disorders in people with dementia, relative to their healthy peers. Existing meta-analyses have examined the prevalence of clinically-significant depression and anxiety in Alzheimer ’s disease (AD), and depression in frontotemporal dementia (FTD), but have not considered vascular dementia (VaD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), PTSD, or anxiety in FTD. The current meta-analysis compared the prevalence of clinically-significant depression, anxiety and PTSD in the four most com mon types of dementia (AD, VaD,...
Source: Neuropsychology Review - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
AbstractNicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) supplementation to repair the disabled mitochondria is a promising strategy for the treatment of Alzheimer ’s disease (AD) and other dementia. Nicotinamide ribose (NR) is a safe NAD precursor with high oral bioavailability, and has beneficial effects on aging. Here, we applied NR supplied food (2.5 g/kg food) to APP/PS1 transgenic AD model mice and aged mice for 3 months. Cognitive function, locomoto r activity and anxiety level were assessed by standard behavioral tests. The change of body weight, the activation of microglia and astrocytes, the accumulation o...
Source: Metabolic Brain Disease - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
o MCN Abstract OBJECTIVES: To investigate the resilience of caregivers of people with mild and moderate Alzheimer's disease (PwAD) and the related sociodemographic and clinical characteristics. METHODS: Cross-sectional assessment of dyads of PwAD and family caregivers (N = 106). Caregivers were assessed for resilience, depression, anxiety, hopelessness, quality of life, burden and cognition. PwAD were assessed for severity of dementia, cognition, neuropsychiatric symptoms, functionality, quality of life and awareness of disease. RESULTS: Most of the caregivers (51.1%) reported emotional pro...
Source: Aging and Mental Health - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Tags: Aging Ment Health Source Type: research
ConclusionThese data suggest that the extract of X. undulatum, C. paniculata, and S. brachypetala have potential to be developed for Alzheimer's disease treatment. These active extracts and compounds are considered for further studies which examine their efficacy towards the reduction of Aβ42 through inhibiting APP process.Graphical abstractThe picture of normal brain and Alzheimer's brain was adapted from an online resource: INTECH open accesses. URL:https://www.intechopen.com/books/neurodegenerative-diseases/therapeutic-interventions-in-alzheimer-disease
Source: Journal of Ethnopharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
ConclusionsTrazodone use is increasing in elderly patients, and a high proportion of use in non-approved indications was observed. Trazodone is not being used at high doses, but interacting medicines were frequent, and it may pose additional risks for elderly patients.ResumenIntroducciónLa trazodona se autorizó para el tratamiento de la depresión en los años 70, y se han propuesto otros usos por su mecanismo de acción heterogéneo. Este estudio tiene como objetivo caracterizar la utilización de trazodona en ancianos en España.MétodosSe llevó a cabo un an&...
Source: Revista de Psiquiatria y Salud Mental - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
“To see the light in her eyes when she has a baby in her arms, I don’t care if it’s real or if it’s pretending,” said Ellen Swarts. “If that gives her comfort, I am A-OK with it.”Many caregivers resist the idea of using baby dolls as a therapy for Alzheimer's patients because they don't want to treat a person living with dementia like a child.This is not the case. Many of our experts including Rachael Wonderlin and Nancy Wurtzel havewritten about the wonderful calming effect baby dolls can have on patients in memory care facilities.The Importance of Socialization in Dementia CareBa...
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Conclusion: Our study findings suggest that anxiety and depression may play different roles as risk factors for FTD and AD.Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord Extra 2018;8:414 –425
Source: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra - Category: Geriatrics Source Type: research
The study looked at compounds called phenylindanes that may help protect against dementia. → Enjoying these psych studies? Support PsyBlog for just $4 per month (includes ad-free experience and more articles). → Explore PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: NEW: Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do
Source: PsyBlog | Psychology Blog - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Dementia Source Type: blogs
By Arman Azad, CNN (CNN) — If you’re sitting down while reading this, stand up. Guidelines released Monday by the federal government show that most Americans are not getting the exercise they need, costing the health care system over $100 billion each year. The new standards are similar to those released 10 years ago, but the government is scrapping a recommendation that physical activity occur in 10-minute blocks, instead telling Americans to “move more and sit less” whenever possible. Any amount of exercise has some health benefits, officials say, and some benefits are even immediate, like better ...
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Authors: Lai AX, Kaup AR, Yaffe K, Byers AL Abstract OBJECTIVE: To compare occurrence of clinically diagnosed psychiatric disorders and suicidal behavior (mental health disorders) across dementia subtypes in the largest healthcare system in the United States. METHODS: We aggregated two national databases (Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] National Patient Care Database, National Suicide Prevention Applications Network [SPAN]) and estimated 2-year prevalence of mental health disorders across five dementia subtypes during fiscal years 2012-2013. Using VA healthcare systems throughout the United States, the samp...
Source: The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Am J Geriatr Psychiatry Source Type: research
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