10 Things a Person Living with Dementia Would Tell You If They Could
Here are ten communications tips that can help Alzheimer's caregivers improve their daily life.Sometimes it helps to look at each situation from the perspective, or from out of the eyes of the person living with dementia.What's the Difference Between Alzheimer's and Dementiaby Alzheimer's Reading RoomSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading - This is a Free Service - Join NowDotty's Ten Tips for Communicating with a Person Living with DementiaYou know what makes me feel safe, secure, and happy?A smile.Did you ever consider this?When you get tense and uptight it makes me feel tense and uptight.Instead of getting all bent o...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 2, 2019 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's Alzheimer's Dementia alzheimer's stages alzheimers awareness alzheimers care alzheimers communication care of dementia patients dementia care health how to care memory loss Source Type: blogs

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?By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomWe 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.Topic -Dementia CareLet me start by making this clear -it is not your fault.It is not your fault th...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - February 27, 2019 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care facilities care of dementia patients caregiver dementia care elderly dementia care help alzheimer's help with dementia care how to care memory care facilities nursing home Source Type: blogs

Last 25 Articles in the Alzheimer's Reading Room
The goal of the Alzheimer's Reading Room is to Educate and Empower the Alzheimer's community.At its core the ARR is about helping Alzheimer's caregivers and families to better understand, cope, and communicate with persons living dementia.This page updates in real time.Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:Voted #1 by Healthline in the Best Alzheimer's Blogs of 2012 - 2018What is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and DementiaHow to Test Your Memory for Alzheimer's and Dementia (5 Best Tests)About the Alzheimer's Reading RoomThe Award Winning Alzheimer ’s Reading Room Knowledge Base is considered to b...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - February 27, 2019 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care Alzheimer's Communication Alzheimer's Dementia dementia care help alzheimer's help with dementia help with dementia care home care searches related to alzheimer's Source Type: blogs

10 Great Inspirational Alzheimer's Quotes
I often hear people say that a person suffering from Alzheimer's is not the person they knew. I wonder to myself - Who are they then?~Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's QuotesAlzheimer's Reading RoomAlzheimer's Care, The Power of Purpose in Our LivesSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:Alzheimer's Care, Sitting in The Front RowAlzheimer's The Emotional Roller Coaster RideYou know, people get frustrated because their loved ones who have Alzheimer's, oh, he doesn't recognize me anymore, how can I recognize this person, if they don't recognize me? They're not the same person.  Well, they are the same person, but they'...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - January 10, 2019 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care alzheimer's quotes care of alzheimer patients dementia care help with alzheimers inspiration alzheimer's quotes quotes from the alzheimer's reading room Source Type: blogs

Learning How to Communicate with Someone Living with Alzheimer's
You start feeling good about yourself and soon the person who has Alzheimer's will start feeling pretty good also. Instead of getting that nasty vibe from you, you will be sending a very different signal -- I care, I'm here for you.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomI finally realized that I was fighting Alzheimer's and this was not working.I needed to change.Like it or not reality had changed.This understandinglead me to a new place that I now call Alzheimer's World.Communicating in Alzheimer's WorldThe person living with Alzheimer's disease can hear you and even respond to you.What they don't do well is remember what ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - January 8, 2019 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care Alzheimer's Dementia care of dementia patients at home caregiving dementia care dementia help for caregivers family caregiving How to talk with someone who has dementia Source Type: blogs

Care of Dementia Patients, It's Not Your Fault
One thing I have learned over the years is that Alzheimer's caregivers tend to blame themselves too much.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomCaregivers often agonize over things that go wrong.They often wish they had done more.Caregiving for a person living with Alzheimer's is not easy. In fact,most would agree that is the most difficult thing they have done during their entire lives.One of the biggest reasons we do not do more is because we often have no clue what to do.In the beginning it would be safe to say most of us have no idea what we can or should do.So let me make this clear to my fellow caregivers -It is not y...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - December 19, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: Alzheimer's Reading Room Alzheimer's support care of dementia patients dementia care dementia care at home understanding alzheimers Source Type: blogs

Study shows how exercise generates new neurons, improves cognition in Alzheimer's disease
A study by a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team finds that neurogenesis -inducing the production of new neurons - in the brain structure in which memories are encoded can improve cognitive function in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease.Research team identifies way to mimic exercise's beneficial effects through pharmacologic and gene therapy."The lesson learned was that it is not enough just to turn on the birth of new nerve cells, you must simultaneously 'clean up' the neighborhood in which they are being born to make sure the new cells survive and thrive.Exercise can achieve that, but we found ways ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - December 19, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimers desease alzheimers research brain structure cognitive function exercise exercise alzheimer's gene therapy learning memory neurogenesis Rudy Tanzi science Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's - They Love Us More
It is not unusual for an Alzheimer's caregiver to wonder if the person living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia still loves them. Do they?The simple actions that person living with dementia perform each day can lead us to only one conclusion.ByBob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomListen Now or Continue ReadingSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:Many Alzheimer's and dementia patientsshadow their caregiver. This means they follow us around, or call out our name when when they can't see us..Article -Alzheimer's Care - Me and My Alzheimer's ShadowYou can learn more about this phenomena and the articles I wrote on...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - December 16, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's alzheimer's symptoms Alzheimers Dementia dementia care family caregiving health help alzheimer's help with dementia care life news love shadowing Source Type: blogs

How to Accept Alzheimer's and Operate in Alzheimer's World
The Alzheimer's patient starts to feel different. They feel your acceptance. Instead of thinking you are the enemy, they start to feel that you are the protector. Their security blanket.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomWhen a person has Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia they are often difficult to deal with.The behaviors they express are often difficult to accept.As caregivers we just don't understand them very well.Communicating in Alzheimer's WorldIt can be hard to deal with a person living with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. It is hard to understand that a person can't remember.Harder to a...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - December 12, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: acceptance alzheimers care alzheimers insights care of dementia patients caring for an alzheimer patient at home caring for elderly parents searches related to dementia care Source Type: blogs

Visiting a Person Living with Alzheimer's
Many people have told me how difficult they find it to visit friends and family who have Alzheimer ’s and dementia.By Marilyn RaichleAlzheimer's Reading Room“We have nothing to talk about. I don’t know what to say.”“It’s so sad – she is everything she never wanted to be.”“She would hate this so much. This was her worst nightmare.”So the pattern begins...Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:Visiting makes you sad or uncomfortable,so you don ’t visit.Not visiting makes you feel guilty, so you put off visiting again.“She won’t remember it ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - December 12, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer s alzheimers care alzheimers caregiving Alzheimers Dementia Alzheimers Disease alzheimers information dementia care health memory memory loss Source Type: blogs

Water is Invisible and Disconcerting to Dementia Patients
The simple fact is many Alzheimer's patients don't like water because they no longer perceive water in the way that you and I do.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomWater is nearly invisible and often disconcerting to the typical Alzheimer's patient. They don't like to drink it, and they don't like to take a shower or bath in it.What is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and DementiaWe often discuss how difficult it is to get an Alzheimer's patients or a patient with a related dementia to take abath.Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:Carole Larkin estimates thatbathing is one of the top three prob...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - December 12, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's awareness alzheimer's care Alzheimer's Dementia dementia care dementia help for caregivers help alzheimer's help with dementia care memory care searches related to dementia care Source Type: blogs

The Estrogen Dilemma and Alzheimer's Disease
This article cuts across a broad spectrum of diseases, but is focused on hormones, estrogen and something called the timing hypothesis.This proposition, that estrogen ’s effects on our minds and our bodies may depend heavily upon when we first start taking it, is a controversial and very big idea. It has a working nickname: “the timing hypothesis.”There are some very interesting hypotheses about the health of the brain and Alzheimer's in the article.If the timing hypothesis proves right and estrogen really does protect brains and hearts as long as we start it "at the right time", the calculation...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - December 11, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: Alzheimer's disease estrogen facts about estrogen health life news women Source Type: blogs

Did You Know Dementia Patients Get Agitated When Left Alone?
Are you dealing with an Alzheimer's patients that is mean and ornery? Or, sometimes mean and hard to deal with?Did you know that past a certain stage dementia patients cannot be left alone? Not even for a very short period of time.You Cannot Leave a Person Living with Alzheimer's AloneBy Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:Early on in my caregiving career I learneda very important lesson.You cannot leave a person with Alzheimer's alone even for a very short period of time.After a while I started noticing thatwhenever I left Dotty alone, and when I came backshe was often me...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - December 3, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: care of dementia patients caregiver dementia care elderly dementia care health help alzheimer's help with dementia care memory care memory care facility searches related to alzheimer's Source Type: blogs

I Finally Realized Alzheimer's Was the Enemy - Not My Mom
I wondered if instead of complaining, could I replace the "bad" patterns of behavior that come along with dementia - patterns of behavior that were driving me crazy - with "new" more positive patterns of behavior?Always Be Kinder Than You FeelListen Now orContinue ReadingBy Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomOne of things I noticed very early on in my care giving effort for my mother,Dotty, was that she was engaging in very distinct patterns of behavior.Not only was she engaging in a long list of behaviors that were driving me crazy, day in day out, she was often doing them at the same time of day.We ev...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - December 3, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: Alzheimer's Dementia care at home care of dementia patients caregiver tips mom searches related to alzheimer's Source Type: blogs

Can an Alzheimer's Patient Wander and Die?
Alzheimer's patients often wander and get lost. This behavior can happen at any time or at any stage of the disease. Just because they have never wandered before, doesn't mean they won't do it in the future. Wandering can sometimes result in death.The Alzheimer's Association estimates that 60 percent of persons living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia will wander.Think about it - 6 out of 10.I can assure you if your loved one wanders away, you cannot locate them, and they are lost to you, it can become one of the most horrible and terrifying experiences of your life.Imagine your heart pounding, a sense of hopelessness...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - November 30, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's wandering statistics alzheimers wandering education how to prevent wandering learning wandering tips Source Type: blogs

My Mother Living with Alzheimer's Wandered, and I was the one that was "scared to death"
When a person suffering from Alzheimer's disease wanders away they are at risk. They can die. Of those lost more than 72 hours, only 20 percent survive.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomHow many Alzheimer's patients wander each year?How many are found? How many die from exposure or in accidents?Here is an educated guess --around 125,000 persons suffering from Alzheimer's disease wander away each year.Is it possible that more than 300 Alzheimer's sufferers wander and/or get lost each day? That is an enormous amount of risk. Could it happen to you?What is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and DementiaCurrent stat...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - November 30, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimers wandering care of dementia patients dementia care elder care help alzheimer help with dementia care home care learning memory care senior care Source Type: blogs

DNA Vaccine Reduces Tau and Beta-Amyloid in Alzheimer's Mice
This study is the culmination of a decade of research that has repeatedly demonstrated that this vaccine can effectively and safely target in animal models what we think may cause Alzheimer’s disease. I believe we’re getting close to testing this therapy in people.” ~ said Dr. Roger Rosenbe rg, founding Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at UT Southwestern.What is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and DementiaThe study was conducted by the UT Southwestern ’s Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute.Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:A DNA vaccine tested in mice red...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - November 26, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's research alzheimers Beta Amyloid dementia dna health memory memory loss science tau vaccine Source Type: blogs

Can Baby Dolls Calm Dementia Patients?
“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...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - November 25, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's awareness alzheimer's baby dolls alzheimer's care dementia care dementia help for caregivers elderly dementia care help alzheimer's help with dementia care memory care Source Type: blogs

Can You Get Your Loved One to Sing this Song on Thanksgiving?
We care every day. It isn't always easy, but we give of ourselves selflessly all year round. For this we should be proud. Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks. So on this day, I say thanks to all of the Alzheimer's caregivers around the world - You are accomplishing more each day than those around you might be imaging.Did you know?80 percent of those living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia are cared for at home.More than 15 million Americans care for someone with Alzheimer's.40 percent of stay at home caregivers are men.Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:I chose this song because it uses the word"Yes...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - November 22, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimers care alzheimers insight caergiving care of dementia patients purpose in life. Thanksgiving Source Type: blogs

What ’s the Difference Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia?
In a nutshell, dementia is a symptom, and Alzheimer's disease is the cause of the symptom. When someone is told they have dementia, it means that they have significant memory problems as well as other cognitive difficulties, and that these problems are severe enough to get in the way of daily living.....Dementia presents as a group of symptoms, and Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia.When 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.By Bob DeMar...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - November 20, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: Alzheimer's Dementia Alzheimer's disease alzheimer's vs dementia symptoms the difference between alzheimer's and dementia Source Type: blogs

16 Ways to Get a Dementia Patient to Eat More Food
Alzheimer's and dementia patients often eat less, and have difficulty eating, because of problems like chewing, swallowing or digesting food.Alzheimer's and dementia patients sometimes lose interest in eating. This can happen for a long list of reasons including loss of taste, the ability to smell, memory loss, and thinking they already ate.Medications can also effect appetite, and can increase constipation.When a person has Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, these problems can becomemore pronounced, and often effect mood, behavior, and physical functioning.Topic -How to Get an Alzheimer's Patient to Eat More FoodB...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - November 19, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: assisted living and memory care facility care of dementia patients dementia care dementia patients refusing to eat do people with Alzheimer's forget they ate help alzheimer's senior care Source Type: blogs

Dementia Patients Face Needless Transitions in Last 90 Days of Life
This study finds such transitions are not consistent with goals of providing dying patients with comfort.By Alzheimer's Reading RoomA study in theNew England Journal of Medicine reports thatnearly one in five nursing home residents with advanced dementia experiences burdensome transitions in the last 90 days of life.This includes moving to a different facility in the last three days of life or repeat hospitalizations for expected complications of dementia in the last 90 days of life."Ultimately, all of these problems are signs of care gone awry.The best care for a patient with advanced cognitive impairment near the en...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - November 10, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: aging alzheimers care alzheimers information dementia elder care health medical science nursing home palliative care Source Type: blogs

My Hospice Care Experience
Hospice care is designed to bring the highest quality of life to persons that are living with a serious illness, and are often close to death.Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomThere is a common notion thatHospice helps people die. I don't see it that way.Both of my parents, Frank and Dotty, died at home in their bedroom with the assistance of Hospice by the Sea, Boca Raton, Florida.Hospice did not help my parents to die,they helped them live to the very end of their life with dignity and compassion.Hospice accomplishes their mission of palliative care with a coordinated team of healthcare professionals.Hospice palliative ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - November 8, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's alzheimer's awareness alzheimer's care alzheimer's dying dementia care elder care family caregiving help alzheimer' s help with dementia care Hospice Care palliative care senior care Source Type: blogs

Artificial intelligence predicts Alzheimer's
ConclusionBy using fluorine 18 fluorodeoxyglucose PET of the brain, a deep learning algorithm developed for early prediction of Alzheimer disease achieved 82% specificity at 100% sensitivity, an average of 75.8 months prior to the final diagnosis.Alzheimer's Clock Draw Test -- Detect the Signs of Alzheimer's EarlyCan An Undetected Urinary Tract Infection Can Kill an Alzheimer's PatientAlzheimer's Care Using the Brain to Create HappinessLearn More from Our Award Winning Knowledge Base - Topics PagesMy mom has dementia and is meanHow do you talk and communicate effectively with a dementia patientHow to live with someone who ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - November 7, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimers alzheimers research Artificial intelligence brain brain imaging health improve diagnosis predict alzheimer science Source Type: blogs

The Importance of Positive Thinking in Dementia Care
You are what you think. How you think and the thoughts you think determine how you feel, perceive the world, and act. You control your brain.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomThere is a continuum of Alzheimer's caregiving that runs fromBurden to Joy.Can how you think affect your Alzheimer's caregiving effort?Can how you act effect your caregiving effort?Can how you talk and the words you use effect your caregiving effort?Can how you speak to a person living with Alzheimer's effect how they feel and act?You bet it can. Communicating in Alzheimer's WorldThere is a continuum of Alzheimer's caregiving that runs from B...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - November 1, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: care of dementia patients care of dementia patients at home dementia care elderly dementia care health help alzheimer's help with dementia care memory care facility think positive Source Type: blogs

Dementia Care 10 Practical Suggestions for Coping With Grief
This article discusses10 practical, down-to-earth suggestions for dealing with grief.Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:Some of the 10 suggestions below were taken from my interview with Dianne Gray, President of the Elisabeth K übler-Ross Foundation. See the end of this article for details about the other sources cited.____________________________Caring for someone during the long decline of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia means enduring many losses. We aren't just taking care of the people we love; we're simultaneously grieving for them. Social workers call this paradox "anticipatory...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - October 31, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: care of dementia patients care of dementia patients at home dementia care dementia caregiver elderly dementia care grief health help alzheimer's help with dementia care memory care facility Source Type: blogs

Caregiver Life - "How to Change Bad Behavior to Good Behavior"
Alzheimer's and dementia patients engage in all kinds of behaviors that we the caregivers find alarming, stressful, and wrong.Alzheimer's caregivers have great difficulty accepting the "normal" behaviors that are often expressed by Alzheimer's patients.I use the word normal because what is perfectly normal behavior for a person living with dementia is not always "normal" to us.We have difficulty accepting these behaviors.Article -1 Fact About Alzheimer's That Remains a MysteryBy Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:When a person living with dementia believes ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - October 24, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer care Alzheimer's Communication alzheimers help and support alzheimers reading room caregiver life dementia care Source Type: blogs

The Alzheimer's Caregiver Blame Game
When you blame a person living with dementia for something they did you should try to remember - it is not their fault.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomI was talking to anelderly woman that was having a particularly difficult timedealing with her husbandwho lives with Alzheimer's disease.When we startedtalking before I knew it she was off and running. She talked non-stop for about twenty minutes. She was clearlystressed out. It did not surprise me,I have seen and heard it before.At the core of what she was saying was a single theme,blame.Learn More -3 Ways to End the Dementia Care Blame GameIn Alzheimer's World person...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - October 24, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: blame care of dementia patients caregiver dementia care dementia help for caregivers elderly dementia care family caregiving health help alzheimer's help with dementia care memory care facility Source Type: blogs

A New Biology of Alzheimer's disease?
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) describe a unique model for the biology of Alzheimer's disease (AD) which may lead to an entirely novel approach for treating the disease.What is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and DementiaBy Alzheimer's Reading RoomSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:Researchers describe new biology of Alzheimer's diseaseScientists have known for a long time that two proteins (amyloid and tau) clump and accumulate in the brains of Alzheimer patients, and this accumulation is thought to cause nerve cell injury that results in dementia.Recent work by these BU...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - October 24, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: Alzheimer's disease biology brain dementia memory science TIA1 tau Source Type: blogs

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?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.Water is Invisible and Disconcerting to Dementia PatientsBy Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomListen Now or Continue ReadingSaying I want to go home, to a place from the past,is a common occurrence among the deeply forgetful (people living wi...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - October 23, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: Alzheimer's podcast alzheimers care dementia care dementia help for caregivers family caregiving help alzheimer's help with dementia help with dementia care memory care youtube Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's Care, The Importance of Face-to-Face Communication
Does face to face conversation have a positive effect on attitude and behavior among the elderly and persons living with dementia?By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomI took care of my mother from November 17, 2003 until the day she went to Heaven on May 25, 2012. 3,112 days.When it all started she was "meaner than a junkyard dog". But then over time, she became sweeter, nicer, kinder, and more alive.To this day I continually ask myself, Why?How I Used My Forehead to Calm My Mother Living with Alzheimer'sWas it the exercise in the gym? The daily injections of bright light? Or, was it socialization, daily face to...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - October 22, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care caring for dementia patients at home communication dementia care dementia help for caregivers family caregiving help alzheimer's help with dementia care Source Type: blogs

How Do You Get an Alzheimer's Patient to Cooperate
What to do when dementia patient refuses care.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomOne of the biggest problems we face as caregivers isHow to get an Alzheimer's Patient to cooperate.In order to get an Alzheimer's Patient to cooperate you need to make some changes in the way you communicate.If you continue to try and explain why you want cooperation you are usually using too many words.Trying to convince a person living with dementia rarely works.Instead of convincing you need to learn how to use fewer words; and,how to guide your loved one.Here are 7 good articles that should help you accomplish this mission.Subscribe to ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - October 22, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care home alzheimer's cooperation care of dementia patient dementia care how to get cooperation Source Type: blogs

3 Questions Every Alzheimer ’s Caregiver Should Ask About Palliative Care
We described palliative care as “aggressive symptom management for maximum quality of life at the present time.”The goal is to treat and remove, or reduce, symptoms that are bothering the person who is deeply forgetful. Symptoms such as pain, or problems like urinary tract infections, are handled in ways that make sense to the person living inAlzheimer ’s World.Learn More -Alzheimer ’s WorldIn the beginning of the journey, when the person is only a little forgetful, diseases and health problems are managed so that the body and mind continue to support each otherFOR MAXIMUM QUALITY OF LIFE IN THE NOW...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - October 18, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimers care alzheimers caregiving dementia help for caregivers end of life care family caregiving help alzheimer's help with dementia care memory care facility nursing home palliative care Source Type: blogs

How I Used My Forehead to Calm My Mother Living with Alzheimer's
Caring for a person living with Alzheimer's is difficult. Sometimes you just don't know what to do. Imagine my mother saying to me - "get out, I can take care of myself". Imagine what that felt like?I took care of my mother, Dotty, for eight and a half years, 3,112 days.I know what itfeels like to be a caregiver.I understand.One of the biggest, most hurtful problems I faced was when she would tell me -"get out, I don't need you, I can take care of myself".There I was. I had quit my job, dropped out of the world,and I was taking care of her 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When she said those words it ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - October 17, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimers care alzheimers mother calm an alzheimer's patient dementia care family alzheimers health help alzheimer's mom Source Type: blogs

Dementia Patient Wears the Same Clothes Over and Over
If you'd met him late in his dementia, you'd invariably see him in a stained plaid shirt and baggy, wrinkled gray trousers -- day after day after day.By Paula Spencer ScottAlzheimer's Reading RoomMy father had always been a careful dresser.After he retired from his life of white shirts and ties, he wore a full rainbow of golf shirts and owned more cardigans than Mister Rogers.Afraid of Making the Wrong Caregiver Moves?But if you'd met him late in his dementia, you'd invariably see him in a stained plaid shirt and baggy, wrinkled gray trousers -- day after day after day.Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:The wor...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - October 13, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimers caregiving care of dementia patients dementia help for caregivers family caregiving help alzheimer's help with dementia help with dementia care wearing the same cloths Source Type: blogs

You Cannot Leave a Person Living with Alzheimer's Alone
It is an enormous sacrifice but you cannot leave a person living with dementia at home alone. They just can't deal with it.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomAt a certain point in the development of dementia, as the dementia progresses, a person cannot be left alone.Dementia patientsdo not "cope" well when left alone.Learn More -Did You Know Dementia Patients Get Agitated When Left Alone?Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:Our reader Blackfin66 left thisinteresting comment and question under the article,When Alzheimer's Patients Say Mean Things, What do you do?Bob,I'd especially like to hear how you...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - October 13, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer can dementia patient live alone care for dementia patients caring for an alzheimer patient at home dementia care help home alone memory care facility nursing home senior care Source Type: blogs

Dementia Care, 4 Suggestions on How to Take the Car Keys Away from a Person Living with Dementia
Our expert Rita Jablonski wrote a very useful article with 4 suggestions on how to take the care keys away from a person living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia.This is a majorproblem for most caregivers and often leads to a lot ofanxiety, stress and arguments.Alzheimer's Care, Don't ArgueAmazingly, Dotty often told me she hired an attorney, and he was going to get her license back for her so she could start driving again. She was still telling people she was driving every day for years after I took her car keys away.Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:Here is an excerpt from her article.1.Take a “br...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - October 11, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimers care tips alzheimers driving care of dementia patients help alzheimer help dementia taking away car keys dementia taking away the car keys suggestions for caregivers Source Type: blogs

Psychotropic drug use is common in Alzheimer ’s disease
This study was part of the nationwide register-based MEDALZ study conducted at the University of Eastern Finland. The study included all 70,718 persons diagnosed with Alzheimer ’s disease in Finland during 2005-2011. Researchers from Utrecht University also contributed to this study.The results were published in European Neuropsychopharmacology.CitationKim Orsel, Heidi Taipale, Anna-Maija Tolppanen, Marjaana Koponen, Antti Tanskanen, Jari Tiihonen, Helga Gardarsdottir, Sirpa Hartikainen. "Psychotropic drugs use and psychotropic polypharmacy among persons with Alzheimer's disease".European Neuropsychopharmac...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - October 2, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer Alzheimers Dementia alzheimers risks health memory test psychotropic drugs research science sleep Source Type: blogs

Cure Alzheimer's Fund - Progress with the Research of Alzheimer ’s Disease
You won't want to miss this year's Cure Alzheimer's Fund Symposium. The participants will be discussing the latest and most important developments in Alzheimer's research (very exciting). They will also update the newest National Institute of Health guidelines and funding for Alzheimer's research.The Cure Alzheimer's Fund's (CAF) annual research symposium takes place on Thursday, September 27.This year's topic -Progress with the Research of Alzheimer ’s DiseaseYou can watch today via a live stream on the Internet.The start button is on the Cure Alzheimer's Fund Home page. The Symposium starts at 5:30 PM (eastern time...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - September 27, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: Alzheimer research alzheimer's webinar Alzheimers Dementia charity navigator alzheimer's cure alzheimer's cure alzheimer's fund endalz science Symposium Source Type: blogs

Deeply Forgetful and a Whole Person
I started to think of my mother as deeply forgetful, not as an Alzheimer ’s patient.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomI was interviewed by Lori La Bey on Alzheimer's Speaks Radio. I had no real expectation going into the interview. I should have known better.Lori caught me off guard when she asked me right up front to explain my construct of the deeply forgetful.Article -What is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and DementiaLater in the day I realized I really couldn't remember what I said. I went back and listened to my own words. I surprised myself while listening.Topic -How to Embrace Reality in Dement...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - September 25, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: activity director alzheimer's alzheimer's care care of dementia patients deeply forgetful dementia care health lifestyle memory care memory care facility nursing home Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer ’s disease and related dementia rates expected to double by 2060
This study indicates that as the U.S. population increases, the number of people affected by Alzheimer ’s disease and related dementia will rise, especially among minority populations.Early diagnosis is key to helping people and their families cope with loss of memory, navigate the health care system, and plan for their care in the future. ” ~ saidCenter for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D.How to Test Your Memory for Alzheimer's and Dementia (5 Best Tests)Racial disparities in future number of Alzheimer ’s patientsAlzheimer ’s disease is the fifth most common cause of...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - September 25, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's disease facts Alzheimer's statistics caregtivers cdc center for disease control dementia health research Source Type: blogs

Coping with Mirror Anxiety in Dementia Patients
People with dementia move backwards in time, and may no longer recognize their current selves in mirrors (or any reflective surfaces, like inside windows at night-time).by Rita JablonskiAlzheimer's Reading RoomSome people “friend” themselves (seeWhen Alzheimer's Patients Friend Themselves).They happily talk to and interact with their reflection.Other people become upset when they see a stranger staring at them in the mirror.Article -Dementia Patients are People TooSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:Reflections can cause paranoia or accusations of infidelity arise.Has your loved one everaccused you o...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - September 19, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's Alzheimers Dementia care of dementia patients caregiving coping coping with alzheimers help alzheimer's help with dementia care mirrors Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's The Day Your Loved One Won't Know You
This article received some of the most heart wrenching and gut wrenching emails I ever received here on the ARR. New emails continue to come in from newly born caregivers that find the article via search, support groups, or social media.It still amazes me when a caregiver that has been forgotten, or abandoned, reads the article and then after an incredible outpouring of emotions, experiences an immediate sense of relief that they are not alone.We the caregivers are every where.Even though as dementia caregivers we often become invisible. I also wroteAlzheimer's Care, Sitting in The Front Rowwhich was about how lonely ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - September 13, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's caregiver Alzheimer's Dementia alzheimers alzheimers care alzheimers information alzheimers quote dementia care memory Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's The Emotional Roller Coaster Ride
I must remind myself that the hard to comprehend behaviors being expressed by a person living with Alzheimer's are part of the disease, and are not a deliberate bad act on the their part.It is difficult to describe the range of emotions an Alzheimer's caregiver might feel or experience in a single day.Imagine being happy and then sad, caring then angry, focused then frustrated --an almost endless stream of feelings and emotions that conflict.What ’s the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and DementiaBy Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomThe caregiver often lives an anxiety filled life day-after-day.Alzheimer's Ange...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - September 13, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer patient alzheimers help care for alzheimers dementia care dementia help for caregivers help alzheimer's help with dementia care memory care facility Source Type: blogs

Sexual Behavior Among Adults with Dementia Living at Home
ConclusionThe majority of partnered, home-dwelling people in the U.S. with dementia are sexually active, according to a University of Chicago Medicine study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. In addition, people with cognitive impairment and dementia often have bothersome sexual function problems they don ’t discuss with a doctor.“Until now, most of what we knew on this topic came from studies or legal cases involving people with advanced dementia living in nursing homes,” said lead study author Stacy Tessler-Lindau, MD, MAPP, and UChicago Medicine professor.“In the next 30 year...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - September 13, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimers dementia dementia care dementia sex health research sexual behavior women Source Type: blogs

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 dif...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - September 11, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care Alzheimer's Dementia dementia care dementia help for caregivers family caregiving help alzheimer's help with dementia care memory care searches related to dementia care Source Type: blogs

New Interactive Video Game Could Help Older Adults Strengthen Their Brains and Bodies
An immersive video game could help older adults maintain physical and cognitive health.A smiling dolphin named Bandit is the star of an interactive video game that could help older adults strengthen their brains and bodies.Michelle Carlson, PhD, MA, a professor in Mental Health, is exploring the game ’s viability as a toolto exercise neural networks that control complex cognition and mobility.Players use a remote control and arm movements to guide Bandit through increasingly challenging game levels, from catching fish to battling a shark.What is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and DementiaSubscribe to the A...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - September 11, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimers bandit brain care of dementia patients care of memory elder care health strengthen brain video game Source Type: blogs

Problems with Balance, Walking, Falling an Early Sign of Dementia
Balance and walking problems often present before the diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment,Alzheimer's ordementia.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomWhen I first came to Delray Beach to take care of my mother, she was falling down all the time.Once,I found her laying in the parking lot and she could not get up. She was shaking like a leaf.Another time she fell down and broke her little finger. It took us over ten hours in the emergency room that time around. She would fall and couldn't get back up.Learn More -Care of Dementia Patients at HomeThis might sound hard to believe but after I got my mother into the gym, she ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - September 11, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer care care of dementia patients dementia care early sign dementia falling down family caregiving help alzheimer help with dementia care problems with balance dementia Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's Care, Me and My Alzheimer's Shadow
Shadowing causes the Alzheimer's caregiver to feel like their personal space is being violated. They feel smothered. Caregivers attempt to separate themselves from the person with dementia and this can lead to the perception on the part of the patient that they are being rejected.By Carole B. LarkinAlzheimer's Reading RoomSome people start exhibiting a behavior I call“shadowing” in the mid-stages of Alzheimer ’s and other dementia. Those who are able to walk or roll in their wheelchairswill literally follow their loved one or caregiver around the house trying to be as close as they physically can to ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - September 5, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer shadowing alzheimer's care care of dementia patients dementia care dementia help for caregivers dementia shadowing following help alzheimer's help with dementia care Source Type: blogs

5 Ways to Redirect Someone With Alzheimer's
Redirection is a handy all-purpose tool for responding to many of the bothersome, inappropriate, or potentially unsafe behaviors of Alzheimer's and dementia patients.By Paula Spencer ScottAlzheimer's Reading RoomTo redirect means to help the person move toward feeling better and acting more constructively —literally, to change the direction of things.So how do you do it?The Importance of Touch and Kindness in Dementia CareLets say your mom isrestlessly pacing back and forth across the room, even though she's not terribly steady on her feet and you're terrified she'll fall.Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmai...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - September 4, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's alzheimer's education Alzheimer's family alzheimers care Alzheimers Dementia care of dementia patients help alzheimer's help with dementia care redirect Source Type: blogs