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Why Won't Family Help, and Why Do They Criticize Us?
The worst part of being a caregiver for a person living with dementia is that you seldom get much real help from family.By Donna StClairAlzheimer's Reading RoomTime and again I have heard the same refrain:the worst part of being a caregiver is that you seldom get much real help from family and close friends who should be able to pony up and provide just a smidgen of assistance.I ’ve got something worse than worst.Instead of help and assistance, I get criticism.Learn More -Dementia care why won't family helpSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading - This is a Free Service - Join NowHave you ever heard these words?Why aren...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - May 18, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's caregiver alzheimer's caregiver support Alzheimer's Dementia alzheimer's new s care of dementia patients dementia care dementia care why won't family help dementia family Source Type: blogs

Dementia Care, Do You Need to Change?
I thought I had changed. But, it wasn't until I had my great epiphany, of sorts, that I found a way to cope and communicate effectively with a person living with dementia.By now many of you have heard me say:By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomIt took me 18 months of trying to figure out how I could best deal with my mother before I came to the conclusion that I had to change. It finally happened at 1 AM on May 7, 2005.Prior to my revelation and new inspiration I was already convinced that I had changed.Finding Alzheimer's WorldThe issue. If I had (in fact) changed and accepted Alzheimer's, why was it that I was"ben...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - May 17, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care Alzheimers Dementia care of dementia patients caregivers and dementia dementia care elder care memory care memory care facility senior care Source Type: blogs

Connecting with a Person Living with Dementia
Do you ever feel disconnected or detached from a person living with Alzheimer's and dementia? What do we do in order to understand, cope, and communicate with a person living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia?By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomIt is very easyto feel disconnected from a person living with dementia.Let's face it, the person living with dementia changes while we remain the same.Our tendencies is to continue communicating with them inthe same way we always have. This usually worked well in the past.Now, all of a sudden it is not working.Topic -How to Convince an Alzheimer's Patient They Need Help?For e...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - May 17, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's awareness Alzheimer's Communication Alzheimer's Dementia alzheimers care dementia care dementia help for caregivers help alzheimer's help with dementia memory care senior care Source Type: blogs

Communicating in Alzheimer's World
In order to begin the process of dealing with communication in a world filled with Alzheimer's you first need to make a simple important decision-- you want to decrease both your stress as caregiver, and the stress of the person living with Alzheimer's disease.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomYou want to reduce stress. You want to change the dynamic.You want to change for the better --you want and need to change the way things are.What ’s the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and DementiaAfter repeatedly correcting my mother, telling her she just ate, and watching her get frustrated or angry, I finally realiz...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - May 15, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: Alzheimer's Communication alzheimers care alzheimers world help alzheimer's help with dementia care how to communicate with dementia patients memory care facility nursing home quote quotes Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's and The Invisible Siblings
Many of us who are the One have experienced intense disappointment, hurt, and anger when we feel like we've been abandoned by those with an equal stake in our loved one ’ s care.By Pamela R. KelleyAlzheimer's Reading RoomBuried in the comments to Bob ’ s article,In the Bunkhouse, Random Thoughts Edition, and in reference to the growing number of Alzheimer's caregivers (almost 15 million), I noticed this exchange:Carole: "What I'd really like stats on, are those who have a close relative with Alzheimer's ... and they refuse to help. I want a stat on the deadbeats so they can see themselves officially identi...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - May 14, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: abandoned Alzheimers Dementia Alzheimers Disease alzheimers information alzheimers siblings caregivers family dementia care health life news Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's Tries to Kill Everyone It Touches
Alzheimer's disease tries to kills everyone it comes in contact with.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomIf allowed to do so Alzheimer's will try tokill everyone it comes in touch with.A person living with Alzheimer's dies from complication from Alzheimer's disease.Death by Complications from Alzheimer's, What does this mean?But Alzheimer's doesn't stop there. It tries to kill the brain of the Alzheimer's caregiver. Nearly40 percent of AD caregivers end up living with depression for a time. How to Adapt the Caregiver Brain to Alzheimer's and DementiaAlzheimer's destroys family relationships. Alzheimer's causes famil...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - May 7, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's kills . Alzheimer's Communication alzheimers care alzheimers world dementia care help alzheimer's help with dementia care how alzheimer's kills Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's Tries to Kill Everyone It Touches
Alzheimer's disease tries to kills everyone it comes in contact with.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomIf allowed to do so Alzheimer's will try tokill everyone it comes in touch with.A person living with Alzheimer's dies from complication from Alzheimer's disease.Death by Complications from Alzheimer's, What does this mean?But Alzheimer's doesn't stop there. It tries to kill the brain of the Alzheimer's caregiver. Nearly40 percent of AD caregivers end up living with depression for a time. How to Adapt the Caregiver Brain to Alzheimer's and DementiaAlzheimer's destroys family relationships. Alzheimer's causes famil...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - May 7, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's kills . Alzheimer's Communication alzheimers care alzheimers world dementia care help alzheimer's help with dementia care how alzheimer's kills Source Type: blogs

New Research on Treating Alzheimer's and dementia
A research study by scientists in Australia and the US provides an explanation for why clinical trials of drugs reducing proteins in the brain that were thought to cause dementia and Alzheimer ’s have failed.ByAlzheimer's Reading RoomThe study has opened the way for potential new treatments with existing drugs.What is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and DementiaSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading - This is a Free Service - Join NowThe researchers assembled evidence from a wide range of human studies and animal models ofdementia-related diseases to show that inflammation is a major cause of dementia, not ju...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - May 7, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: Alzheimers Dementia alzheimers information alzheimers podcasts alzheimers research new research Source Type: blogs

Research Shows Music Activates Brain in Alzheimer ’s Patients
This study set out to examine amechanism that activates the attentional network in the salience region of the brain.The results offer a new way to approach anxiety, depression and agitation in patients with dementia.Learn More -Alzheimer's Care Anger, Frustration, and AgitationActivation of neighboring regions of the brain may also offer opportunities to delay the continued decline caused by the disease.The StudyFor three weeks, the researchers helped participants select meaningful songs and trained the patient and caregiver on how to use a portable media player loaded with the self-selected collection of music.“When...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - May 2, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: Alzheimer's disease Alzheimer's Patients brain health memory music research science Source Type: blogs

Research Shows Music Activates Brain in Alzheimer ’s Patients
This study set out to examine amechanism that activates the attentional network in the salience region of the brain.The results offer a new way to approach anxiety, depression and agitation in patients with dementia.Learn More -Alzheimer's Care Anger, Frustration, and AgitationActivation of neighboring regions of the brain may also offer opportunities to delay the continued decline caused by the disease.The StudyFor three weeks, the researchers helped participants select meaningful songs and trained the patient and caregiver on how to use a portable media player loaded with the self-selected collection of music.“When...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - May 2, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: Alzheimer's disease Alzheimer's Patients brain health memory music research science Source Type: blogs

Toy Parrot Improves Mood and Behavior in Alzheimer's Patient
This article is about Alzheimer's disease,Pete the Repeat Parrot, and my mother Dotty who lived with Alzheimer's disease.He might not look like much in the image (see image at the bottom of this article); but he is powerful and will provide you with hours of stress free respite. Most caregivers assume this parrot won't work for them. In almost every case, over 900 caregivers, it worked. You might pay about $20 for one hour of respite care. You can buy this parrot for around $20. By my own estimate this parrot provided me with about 3,000 hours of respite care at a cost of less thanone cent (.006) per hour.By...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - May 1, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's patient Alzheimer's Reading Room alzheimer's toy best talking parrot harvey health memory loss Source Type: blogs

Toy Parrot Improves Mood and Behavior in Alzheimer's Patient
This article is about Alzheimer's disease,Pete the Repeat Parrot, and my mother Dotty who lived with Alzheimer's disease.He might not look like much in the image (see image at the bottom of this article); but he is powerful and will provide you with hours of stress free respite. Most caregivers assume this parrot won't work for them. In almost every case, over 900 caregivers, it worked. You might pay about $20 for one hour of respite care. You can buy this parrot for around $20. By my own estimate this parrot provided me with about 3,000 hours of respite care at a cost of less thanone cent (.006) per hour.By...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - May 1, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's patient Alzheimer's Reading Room alzheimer's toy best talking parrot harvey health memory loss Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's Care Be a Guide
The effort to explain to, or convince, a person who is living with dementia is often met with frustration on the part of the Alzheimer's caregiver; and, refusal on the part of the person living with dementia to cooperate.Long winded explanations or trying to convince with lots of words does not work with persons living with dementia.They usually end up refusing to cooperate, or just say "no".In order to care effectively it is often necessary tochange communication tactics. In other words, adjust to the present and the way things are now.Be a Guide.How the Smile is the Most Powerful Communication of Them All in De...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - May 1, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: Alzheimer's Communication Alzheimer's Dementia alzheimers care dementia care dementia help for caregivers family caregiving help alzheimer's help with dementia help with dementia care Source Type: blogs

Music Brings Alzheimer's Patients Out of the Box
When Dotty started singing I realized that the Alzheimer's box is bigger then I ever thought or imagined.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomWhile Dotty and I were watching -- TREME on HBO (the show is set in post Katrina New Orleans), One of the main characters Antoine (Wendell Pierce) was walking down Bourbon street when he came up on characters Sonny (keyboard) and Annie (violin).They were playing a song that I had never heard. Amazingly, my mom started singing along with him.How to talk and communicate with dementia patients effectivelyAntoine starts singing the song. As he does this on TV, Dotty starts singing along...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - May 1, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alive inside alzheimer's alzheimer's care dementia care health life news music music for alzheimers patients singing Source Type: blogs

Music Brings Alzheimer's Patients Out of the Box
When Dotty started singing I realized that the Alzheimer's box is bigger then I ever thought or imagined.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomWhile Dotty and I were watching -- TREME on HBO (the show is set in post Katrina New Orleans), One of the main characters Antoine (Wendell Pierce) was walking down Bourbon street when he came up on characters Sonny (keyboard) and Annie (violin).They were playing a song that I had never heard. Amazingly, my mom started singing along with him.How to talk and communicate with dementia patients effectivelyAntoine starts singing the song. As he does this on TV, Dotty starts singing along...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - May 1, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alive inside alzheimer's alzheimer's care dementia care health life news music music for alzheimers patients singing Source Type: blogs

What is The Difference Between Alzheimer's and Dementia
Dementia presents as a group of symptoms, and Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomWhen someone is told they have Alzheimer's or dementia,it means they have significant memory problems as well as other cognitive and behavioral issues.Most of the time dementia is caused by Alzheimer's disease.There is great confusion about the difference betweenAlzheimer's anddementia.In a nutshell, dementia isn't a specific disease. Instead, dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning. Alz...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 26, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's Alzheimer's Dementia Alzheimer's disease alzheimer's symptoms alzheimer's vs dementia the difference between alzheimer's and dementia Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's Affects the Way a Person Thinks, Feels, and Acts
One of the biggest issues we face as Alzheimer's caregivers is learning to understand how a person living with dementia thinks and feels, and why they act the way they do.Early on,many of us conclude that the person living with dementia is being mean to us.The changes that come with dementia can bedistressing to a caregiver.As caregivers we often feelangry, disconcerted and sometimes, we feela sense of heavy burden, hopelessness, and even heartbreak.What is The Difference Between Alzheimer's and DementiaBy Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading - This is a Free Service - Join NowAs caregive...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 20, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer communication alzheimers care alzheimers caregiving awareness dementia help for caregivers family caregiving help alzheimer's help with dementia help with dementia care Source Type: blogs

13 Things Every Alzheimer's Caregiver Needs to Know
The biggest challenge we face as Alzheimer's caregivers is learning how to understand, cope, and communication with a person living with dementia.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomThe task of caring for a person living with dementiais often overwhelming.I took care of my mom, Dotty, for eight and a half years, 3,112 days,so I know how you feel. I understand how you feel.Dementia and Difficult BehaviorThe articles below offersolutions to some of the problems we face each day. They have been tested over timeby thousands of caregivers and they work. Most times it takes a littlepractice and a lot of patience. Some work imm...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 19, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer communication alzheimers awareness alzheimers care alzheimers caregiving dementia help for caregivers family caregiving help alzheimer's help with dementia memory care facility Source Type: blogs

The Easiest Way to Collect a Urine Sample from a dementia patient or elderly person
From our reader Judith:How do you get a urine sample from someone who doesn't understand what you're trying to do or resists the invasion of privacy?This is an excellent question and I have not written about this in some time. So here we go.Yes, getting a urine sample from a person living with dementia or an elderly person can be quite a task - sometimes near impossible.Well, I have a solution to this problem thatworks 100% of the time if the person can take a pee on a toilet.Did you know? An Undetected Urinary Tract Infection Can Kill an Alzheimer's Patientby Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomSubscribe to the Alzheimer's...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 18, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: collecting a urine sample from a dementia patient how to get a urine sample from an elderly person urinary tract infection urine collection urine sample alzheimer urine sample dementia Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's Care, Don't Argue
Arguing with a person living with dementia is a common caregiver practice. Eventually caregivers learn this doesn't work, and it only makes things worse. What can you do about it?By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomI received an email today from our long time reader, Jean. She reminded me of these two little words- don't argue.I remember when I argued with Dotty every day. Guess what -- it made our lives miserable.I wonder what percent of Alzheimer's caregivers argue - like 98.6 percent?Do you argue?How to Get a Dementia Patient to CooperateI was at "wits end".Dotty would tell me to get out, and she didn't need...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 15, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's awareness Alzheimer's Dementia alzheimers care dementia care dementia help for caregivers family caregiving help alzheimer's help with dementia help with dementia care Source Type: blogs

5 Tips How to get an Alzheimer's Patient to Shower
Getting a person living with Alzheimer's or dementia to take a shower or bath is one of the most common problems we face as caregivers.One of the earliest problems I faced with my mother, Dotty,was getting her to take a shower.In the beginning, I would typically make a common Alzheimer's caregiver mistake -I would try to convince my mom to take the shower.Learn More -Care of Dementia PatientsThis usually resulted in me tryingto convince her that she needed a shower,the importance of the shower for good health (hygiene), or trying to convince her she would "stink" if she didn't take a shower.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheime...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 14, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care alzheimer's tips care of dementia patients how to get a dementia patient to shower how to shower a patient in a nursing home memory care facility Source Type: blogs

How the Discovery of Alzheimer's World Changed My Life
Once you make it to Alzheimer's World the stress and anxiety associated with caregivng are greatly reduced.Amazingly, many of the behaviors that were driving you crazy become normal.Learn More -How to talk with someone who has dementiaBy Bob DeMarcoAbout Alzheimer's Reading RoomWhen I arrived on the scene to take care of Dotty in 2003 you would think all I had to do was use the communications skills I had developed over the course of my life and everything would be "Hunky-Dory".3 Ways to Redirect a Dementia Patient and Embrace RealityAs is turned out it was more like "heartbreak hotel" in the beginning....
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 13, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: Alzheimer World Alzheimer's Communication alzheimers caregiving behavior dementia care help alzheimer's help with dementia care learning memory care facility nursing home stress Source Type: blogs

Accepting Repetitive Alzheimer's Behavior as the New Normal
It was only after I finally understood that the behaviors my mother was engaging in were normal for a person living with Alzheimer's disease that I was able to finally accept Alzheimer's.I contemplated the problem for years.how can you stop a person that has Alzheimer's disease from asking the same question over and over?How can you stop a person living with Alzheimer's disease fromengaging in the same behaviors over and over?Help me.Article -10 Things a Person Living with Dementia Would Tell You If They CouldBy Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomWe enlisted the advice of a geriatric psychiatrist to help us come up with a ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 12, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's awareness alzheimer's care Alzheimer's Dementia care of dementia patients at home caregiving dementia care family caregiving memory care facility searches related to alzheimer's Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's Breakthrough: Researchers Fix Genetic Risk Factor for Alzheimer ’s Disease in Human Brain Cells
Scientists have known for decades that people with two copies of a gene called apolipoprotein E4 (apoE4) are much more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.One copy of the apoE4 gene variantdoubles the risk (likelihood) of developing Alzheimer's disease.Having two copies of this genetic variantputs people at 12 times the risk.The apoE4 variant is the largest known genetic risk factor for the development of Alzheimer's disease.What is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and Dementiaby Alzheimer's Reading RoomSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading - This is a Free Service - Join NowScientists Fix Genetic Risk Factor for...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 11, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: Alzheimers Prevention alzheimers research alzheimers risk alzheimers symptoms alzheimers treatment APOE4 brain science Source Type: blogs

My Transformation from Sadness to Joy as a Caregiver
I realized that little by little and without noticing, I had accepted his illness and I had found new ways to relate to him, ways that were genuinely satisfying for both of us.I went to theAlois Alzheimer Center one day to visit Ed, my Romanian soul mate of 30 years. I didn't really want to visit because my visits were boring. And, I was angry about Ed's condition. I wanted my old Ed back, but I knew that was impossible. So I just forced myself to visit that day.Once I was there I spontaneously got an idea for a little game to play with Ed.I started the visit by handing him one of his many stuffed animals, an act that alwa...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 10, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care care of dementia patients caregiving dementia care fun games health help alzheimer's impact of dementia on caregivers joy transformation Source Type: blogs

Empathy, Compassion and Joy in Alzheimer's Care
I am sitting here thinking about the role of empathy in dementia care.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomThe caregiver begins to acquire empathy by asking how, why, what.How is the person who is deeply forgetful feeling?Why is the person who is deeply forgetful acting this way?What do they need?Topic - Alzheimer's communication tipsThe only way the caregiver can come to understanding and then empathy is by looking at the world out of the eyes of the person who is living with Alzheimer's or the other types of dementia.Topic -Do you correct someone with dementia?All to often, we spend our time telling others how we f...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 10, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's awareness alzheimer's care Alzheimer's Dementia dementia care dementia help for caregivers help with dementia care memory care nursing home Source Type: blogs

3 Ways to Redirect a Dementia Patient and Embrace Reality
Some caregivers find it difficult to redirect Alzheimer's patients - why not try these simple methods?Learning how to redirect an Alzheimer's patient is often difficult. The concept itself is difficult to grasp.Learning how toembrace the reality of a dementia patient is also difficult.Learning how toredirect a person living with dementia andhow to embrace reality are essential components of effective caregiving.Learning how to do this takespatience and a little practice.Topic -Redirecting dementia patientsBy Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomWhen ever possible you should include these two nonverbal communication...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 9, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's awareness alzheimer's care Alzheimer's Dementia care of dementia patients at home caregiving dementia care dementia help for caregivers family caregiving memory care Source Type: blogs

Urinary Tract Infection, You Can Learn From My Experience
When a UTI goes undetected in an Alzheimer's patient they can become mean, delusional, dull, disoriented or worse. Undetected UTIs are common in Alzheimer's and dementia patients.Yes, there is such a thing as asilent urinary tractinfection.Silent means no clear cut sign of physical pain, no burning sensation, and no discernible odor.The Connection Between UTI and Worsening DementiaBy Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading - This is a Free Service - Join NowThere arediscernible symptoms of a UTI indementia patients, but the symptoms arerarely connected to UTI by caregivers. This is especiall...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 7, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's dementia symptoms alzheimer's urinary tract infection dementia care elder care health help with dementia care memory care memory care facility nursing home uti alzheimers Source Type: blogs

Death by Complications from Alzheimer's, What does this mean?
Some people might think or believe that Alzheimer's causes brain death. In other words, it causes the complete brain to stop functioning.The simple answer, Alzheimer's does not kill a person directly.Some people might think or believe that Alzheimer's causes brain death. In other words, it causes the complete brain to stop functioning.This is not true.Article-What ’s the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and DementiaHow do you die from Alzheimer's disease?By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomWith Alzheimer's the entire brain does not stop functioning all of a sudden(or it is very rare).Topic -Care of Dementia Pat...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 6, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimers care alzheimers caregiving alzheimers death care of dementia patients coping with dementia dementia help for caregivers how do you die from dementia Source Type: blogs

Death by Complications from Alzheimer's, What does this mean?
Some people might think or believe that Alzheimer's causes brain death. In other words, it causes the complete brain to stop functioning.The simple answer, Alzheimer's does not kill a person directly.Some people might think or believe that Alzheimer's causes brain death. In other words, it causes the complete brain to stop functioning.This is not true.Article-What ’s the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and DementiaBy Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomWith Alzheimer's the entire brain does not stop functioning all of a sudden(or it is very rare).Topic -Care of Dementia PatientsWhat happens as Alzheimer's progres...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 6, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimers care alzheimers caregiving alzheimers death care of dementia patients coping with dementia dementia help for caregivers help alzheimer's help with dementia Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's Disease Variation with Frontotemporal Dementia
Dear Bob,My husband has Alzheimers andgulps his food down without stopping. and sometimes spills it on himself. When I try to correct him by saying eat slower,he gets agitated. It's embarrassing since we eat in public where we live.He's defensive whenever I try to correct him . His behavior with other women is very bold, hugging them and calling them darling. that's also embarrassing. I read your column but have never seen this in your informative advice. I would appreciate greatly your response. Thank you for all you do.God bless .What is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and DementiaIn is...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 6, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care Alzheimer's disease answers to questions about alzheimer's brain dementia care Frontotemporal dementia health memory Source Type: blogs

7 Ways To Deal With Difficult Behavior Caused By Alzheimer's and Dementia
Lately I have been receiving a lot questions from readers asking how to deal with the difficult behavior that is often expressed by persons living with Alzheimer's and dementia.Often these behaviors can be stressful and sometimes combative.Here is an example of a question that popped up on one of myFacebook pages.What can you do when the Alzheimer's Patient gets combative and you want to avoid Nursing Homes.Learn More -Dealing with Difficult Behavior Caused by DementiaBy Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomI decided to put together a list of articles from the Alzheimer's Reading Room that address this issue.Please take the ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 5, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care Alzheimer's Dementia dementia care dementia falls dementia help for caregivers family caregiving help alzheimer's help with dementia care memory care searches related to alzheimer's Source Type: blogs

Mayo Clinic to Coordinate New Effort to Expand Medical Research, Expert Care for Lewy Body Dementia Patients
Lewy body dementia is the second most common type of dementia after Alzheimer ’s disease - but it is not well diagnosed by doctors and neurologists.The Lewy Body Dementia Association announced today the launch of the Lewy Body Dementia Association Research Centers of Excellence.This collaboration, coordinated by Mayo Clinic, features 24 academic medical research centers across the U.S.The new program is designed to improve the diagnosis of Lewy body dementia, raise awareness about clinical trials, and to support caregivers.What is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and DementiabyAlzheimer's Reading RoomSubscri...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 5, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: Alzheimers Dementia expert care LBD LBDA lewy body Lewy Body Dementia lewybody treatment mayo clinic research Source Type: blogs

FAU Named a ‘Research Center of Excellence’ for Lewy Body Dementia
The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) named Florida Atlantic University as a LBDA Research Center of Excellence (RCOE).ByAlzheimer's Reading RoomThe LBDA is the leading advocacy group dedicated to raising awareness and advancing research about Lewy Body Dementia (LBD)LBD affects 1.4 million Americans and their families, making it one of the most common forms of dementia.What is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and DementiaThe centers are selected for their clinical expertise in LBD, experience running clinical trials, capacity of facilities and geographic location (combined, the 33 principal investigators have...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 4, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: dementia dementia test fau james galvin LBD LBDA Lewy Body Dementia lewy body dementia test Source Type: blogs

FAU Named a ‘Research Center of Excellence’ for Lewy Body Dementia
The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) named Florida Atlantic University as a LBDA Research Center of Excellence (RCOE).ByAlzheimer's Reading RoomThe LBDA is the leading advocacy group dedicated to raising awareness and advancing research about Lewy Body Dementia (LBD)LBD affects 1.4 million Americans and their families, making it one of the most common forms of dementia.What is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and DementiaThe centers are selected for their clinical expertise in LBD, experience running clinical trials, capacity of facilities and geographic location (combined, the 33 principal investigators have...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 4, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: dementia dementia test fau james galvin LBD LBDA Lewy Body Dementia lewy body dementia test Source Type: blogs

How to Take Care of a Dementia Patient in the Hospital
Keep in mind that bad behaviors in the hospital can be attempts by your loved one to communicate that there is a problem, an unmet need, fear, fatigue or pain.Be a detective and try to figure out what it can be. Advocate for your loved one, they can ’t do it for themselves.I attended a wonderful lecture given by my friend Sydney Farrier, LCSW, in Dallas, TX.She was speaking to professionals onChallenges in Caring for a Hospitalized Dementia Patient.I will attempt to translate some of the lecturefor families so they can help the hospital personnel treat/manage their loved one in a way that will reduce agitation as muc...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 3, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer care alzheimer's hospitalization Alzheimer's information care of dementia patients dementia care help alzheimers help dementia hospital dementia memory care nursing home senior care Source Type: blogs

3 Ways to Talk to People Living with Alzheimer ’s
In caring for someone living with Alzheimer ’s, we encourage you to celebrate each moment of recognition, each gesture of connection, every laugh and every smile!For people living with Alzheimer ’s it is often difficult, if not impossible, to begin a conversation or engage with another person.When we try to talk with a person who has memory loss, we areoften greeted with the thousand mile stare. There just seems to be nothing there.For family members and friends this is, of course, heartbreaking.Is there anything that can be done; is there any way to reach people who seem to be unreachable?Learn More About the ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - March 30, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's. talk alzheimers communication alzheimers conversation dementia health life news memory talk to person with alzheimers Source Type: blogs

How to talk and communicate with dementia patients effectively
One of the biggest mistakes we make as dementia caregivers is to use too many words.In other words, we try andexplain to persons living withdementia why what they are saying or doing is wrong.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomOr,we try to explain to them why it is important to take a shower or take their medication. When they say No,we try to explain to them why they should say, Yes.This doesn't work.Learn More -How to Listen to an Alzheimer's PatientWhen Alzheimer's patients are given theMini-Cog test to diagnose dementia they are asked to remember 3 words. If they have dementia they won't be able to remembe...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - March 28, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimers care alzheimers communication tips family caregiving help alzheimer's help with dementia care how to communicate with dementia patients how to communicate with dementia patients effectively Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's Quotes, She Says, He Says
Husband and wife describe life with Alzheimer's.Exasperated by the disappearance of their friends and relatives, Ann and Jim Luckey shared this.She said."It ’s not measles and it’s not contagious and it’s not fattening," said 83 year old Ann Luckey in a letter to friends announcing she was suffering from Alzheimer's disease.He said.“It’s almost like you have leprosy or something,” said Jim Luckey husband of Ann Luckey.This still remains one of my favorites..What do you think?More Article on Alzheimer's and Dementia CareWhat is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and Demen...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - March 28, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's quotes alzheimers care alzheimers communication dementia care husband wife alzheimers Source Type: blogs

Reducing the Stigma Attributed to Alzheimer's Disease is Vital to Clinical Research
ConclusionsThe study findings suggest respondents continue to have concerns about documentation in themedical record or test results, despite the fact that there are some protections in place against gene-based health care insurance discrimination through the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). However, those concerns of the public also include issues not addressed by that legislation, including brain imaging results.The study authors found that when told the fictional person'sprognosis would improve over time, 24 percent to 41 percent fewer respondents expected that the person would encounter discrim...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - March 28, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's stigma Alzheimer's Treatment alzheimers cflinical trials dementia care diagnosis memory testing Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's Stigma, Glenn Campbell, Pat Summitt
So there they were, Pat Summitt and Glen Campbell, sitting there and announcing to the world, I have Alzheimer's.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomI think it is safe to say that a large fraction of the American public were greatly saddened by the news that both Pat Summitt and Glen Campbell have been diagnosed with probable Alzheimer's disease.I can tell you this. On the day when the news was released about Pat Summitt we had a record number of people coming to theAlzheimer's Reading Room via search looking for information on dementia. This continued for a few days.Two articles stood out,What is the Difference Between ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - March 27, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimers announcement dementia Glen Campbell health life life news lifestyle Pat Summitt Source Type: blogs

Physically Fit Women Nearly 90 Percent Less Likely to Develop Dementia
Women with high physical fitness at middle age were nearly 90 percent less likely to develop dementia according to a new study.byAlzheimer's Reading RoomThe information in this study is significant.An important finding of the study is thatwhen highly fit women did develop dementia, they developed the disease an average of 11 years later than women who were moderately fit, or at age 90 instead of age 79.Previous studies indicate that if the onset of Alzheimer's could be delayed to the age of 90,the number of people living with dementia would be cut in half.Currently,at age 80 there is a thirty percent of being diagnosed wit...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - March 15, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer care alzheimers alzheimers research alzheimers statistics care of dementia patients dementia care exercise fitness women Source Type: blogs

The Importance of Self Concept and Self Esteem in Alzheimer's Care
When it comes to Alzheimer's caregiving it is very difficult to be positive because at the outset few of us have any concept of what to do.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomSelf concept, the concept of self.Self concept defines how you think or feel about yourself. Basically, self concept is a determining factor in what youbelieve you can do; and, what you believe you can't do.What is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and DementiaListen Now or Continue ReadingThe concept of self is determined by ourexperiences.In the case of Alzheimer's caregivingit is very difficult to be positive because at the outset fe...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - March 9, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: Alzheimer's dementia care alzheimer's care alzheimer's caregiving care of dementia patients elder care help home care how to memory care Self Concept Self Confidence senior Source Type: blogs