2 Nonverbal Communications Tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers
Are you having difficulty understanding, coping and communicating with a person living with dementia? Try these 2 nonverbal communication tips.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomIt isn't easy to learn how persons living with Alzheimer's think, feel, and act; and, why they do what they do.  How to listen to an Alzheimer's patientThis is understandable. No one taught us how to do it, and we are not prepared in life to deal with behaviors that are caused by brain disorders.When a person living with dementia changes the way they communicate with us most of us become what can best be calleddiscombobulated.Discombob...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - July 13, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care alzheimer's caregiving tips Alzheimer's Communication alzheimer's tips alzheimers caregiver ’s dementia dementia and caregivers dementia care senior care Source Type: blogs

Why People with Dementia Say No (And What to Do About it)
There are ways you can interact with someone who has dementia to minimize the use of the word “No”, and to get them to cooperate more easily.By Rita JablonskiAlzheimer's Reading RoomPeople with dementia say “NO” to nearly every question or request.This is an incredible challenge for caregivers.In this article, I explain one reason for the non-stop no ’s …and offer strategies for preventing and managing the negativity.Dementia Patients are People TooSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:Patterns of Memory Loss and Retrieval ProblemsAll dementias share this same common feature:mo...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - July 13, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer Alzheimer's family care of dementia patients dementia care strategies elderly dementia care help alzheimer's help with dementia care no say no Source Type: blogs

Dementia Patients are People Too
One of the biggest problems we face in the Alzheimer's and dementia care communities is the abandonment of both the caregiver and the person living with dementia by family, relatives and friends.This causes a great deal of psychological and emotional pain forboth the caregiver and the person living with dementia.How to redirect an Alzheimer's patientSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:It is not unusual for caregiver to tell me that as time goes on, and as Alzheimer's worsens, one by one their family and friends fade away.Abandonment of Alzheimer's Caregivers is CommonIn the articleAre Alzheimer's Caregivers the ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - July 13, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's awareness Alzheimer's Communication alzheimers care dementia care help alzheimer's help with dementia care how to communicate with dementia patients Source Type: blogs

Communication 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 - July 11, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: #alzheimersworld 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 quotes Source Type: blogs

Do Persons Living with Dementia Feel Abandoned?
When I left Dotty alone she quickly became scared, confused, anxious, and I soon learned she feared that I was going to abandon her.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomDoes you Alzheimer's patient get angry, act mean, and start accusing you of things that just were not true?Any of these?Topic -How to talk and communicate with dementia patientsDo you leave your patient alone while you go to work? Are they angry or difficult to deal with when you come home?Do you sometimes go out for 15 minutes or an hour or so and leave your Alzheimer's patientalone? When you return, or shortly after you return are theymean, or diffi...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - July 11, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's alzheimers communication care of dementia patients caregiver dementia care dementia help for caregivers health help with dementia care memory care facility smile Source Type: blogs

How to Give the Greatest Hug Ever Invented
I took care of my mother who lived with dementia for 8 and a half years. 3,112 days.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomI understand how Alzheimer's caregiver feel. I was one.As part of learning how to communicate more effectively with my mom,I invented the greatest hug ever.This hug is not limited to persons living with dementia; in fact, it works with everyone and will improve your life.Alzheimer's Care The Power of Purpose in Our LivesIf you don't touch your loved one who will? The Importance of Touch and Kindness in Dementia CareAre you hugging someone you care about at least 3 times a day? 3 times you ask? I st...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - July 11, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: #alzheimersworld alzheimers connect Alzheimers Dementia care of dementia patients caregiving caring for dementia patients dementia help for caregivers hug Source Type: blogs

7 Ways to Cope with Dementia Patient Who are Aggressive, Angry or Mean
Studies indicate that agitation or aggression is seen in up to 80 percent of Alzheimer's patients.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomI think about Alzheimer's, dementia, agitation, and meanness all the time. Why?Agitation or aggression can lead to an Alzheimer's patient being placed in a nursing home, or a memory care facility.6 reasons why you might have to put someone with dementia in a memory care facilityHere are 7 ways to decrease, manage, and cope with difficult behaviors on the part of Alzheimer's and dementia patients.Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading - This is a Free Service - Join Now1. Frequent Urinary Tra...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - July 8, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimers aggressive anger alzheimers care alzheimers caregiving caring for someone with dementia at home help with dementia how to care how to deal with dementia patients memory care facility Source Type: blogs

"Skinny Fat" in Older Adults May Predict Dementia, Alzheimer ’s Risk
This study was supported by grants from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health (R01 AG040211 and P30 AG008051), the Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund and the New York State Department of Health.About the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine:FAU ’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is one of approximately 151 accredited medical schools in the U.S.About Florida Atlantic University:Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves mo...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - July 8, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimers alzheimers research Cognition cognitive performance dementia fat science skinny fat various cognition tests Source Type: blogs

Deficits in Executive Function in Alzheimer's and Related Dementia
Executive function is an umbrella term for cognitive processes that regulate, control, and manage other cognitive processes. These processes include planning, working memory, attention, problem solving, verbal reasoning, inhibition, mental flexibility, task switching, and initiation and monitoring of actions.By Carole LarkinAlzheimer's Reading RoomShall we ponder some of the issues regardingslowly losing executive functions in Alzheimer ’s and related diseases today?First, let ’s define what executive function is.Dealing with Confusion in Dementia CareAn article by Leilani Doty, PhD, the Director of the Univers...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - July 7, 2018 Category: Neurology Authors: rtdemarco at gmail.com Tags: #executivefunction alzheimer s dementia executive function health life news memory symptoms alzheimers Source Type: blogs

4 Important Lessons I Learned About Alzheimer's Caregiving
I learned that people living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia are not the enemy, they are our loved one's.ByAlzheimer's Reading RoomMy name is Bob DeMarco. I am an Alzheimer's caregiver.I took care of my mother for 8 and a half years -3,112 days -  until the day she went to Heaven on May 25, 2012. If you are a caregiver, I know how you feel.I understand how you might be feeling each day. I understand because I lived it myself.Topic -What to do when dementia patient gets agitatedContinue Reading orListen to the PodcastSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:As it turned out for us it was a long and ar...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - July 4, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care alzheimer's caregiving Alzheimer's Communication Alzheimer's Dementia dementia care help alzheimer's Source Type: blogs

Can Aspirin Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer's Disease?
A regimen of low-dose aspirin may reduce plaques in the brain, which will reduce Alzheimer's disease pathology and protect memory, according to neurological researchers at Rush University Medical Center.ByAlzheimer's Reading RoomBuilding on previous studies demonstrating a link between aspirin and reduced risk and prevalence of Alzheimer's disease, researchers were able to show that aspirin decreases amyloid plaque pathology in the brain.Note to readers. I put this up because I started taking one quarter of an aspirin daily about 25 years ago. You might want to consider this and the findings of this research study.Wha...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - July 3, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer Alzheimers Prevention alzheimers research alzheimers risk alzheimers treatment aspirin brain health memory Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's World and the Positive That Comes With It
It took me 18 months before I finally stopped judging my mother on a set of standards that were unreasonable for a person living with dementia. Instead I started listening, paying attention, and observing.Once I made it toAlzheimer's WorldI changed.Instead of gettingbent out shape, frustrated, or angry when a problem arose, I noticed I started feeling comfortable, and oftencalm.This happened after I started looking at my mother's actions and behaviors from her point of view. I asked myself, why? Why is she doing this?3 Ways to Redirect a Dementia Patient and Embrace RealityBy Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomSubscribe to...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 28, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer care Alzheimer's Dementia assisted living with memory care care of dementia patients dementia care help alzheimer's help with dementia care memory care facility nursing home dementia Source Type: blogs

Dementia Care, Should A Caregiver be Truthful or Kind?
Alzheimer's care, is it more important to be truthful and cruel, or to be kind?By Bob DeMarcoAbout Alzheimer's Reading RoomI had an interesting and wonderful conversation withSusan Frederickson, the Caregiver Program Specialist, for the Area Agency on Aging of the Permian Basin (Midland, Texas).Susan is full of knowledge and hasa deep understanding of Alzheimer's caregiver life. We talked about a long list of issues that Alzheimer's caregivers deal with each day, and as a result I decided to write about"Lies".About how difficult it can be when a person living with Alzheimer's asks a question that if answered &quo...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 26, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer care care of dementia patients care of dementia patients at home dementia care elderly dementia care health help alzheimer's help with dementia care kindness memory care facility quote Source Type: blogs

Why the Eye Could be the Window to Brain Degeneration and Alzheimer's Disease
Researchers from Queen ’s University Belfast have shown for the first time that the eye could be a surrogate for brain degeneration like Alzheimer’s disease (AD).ByAlzheimer's Reading RoomThe researchers studiedperipheral retinal blood circulation in Alzheimer's disease. The team found thatpeople with Alzheimer's disease have wider blood vessels close to the optic nerve, but these thin faster than in control subjects towards the retinal periphery.Both of these are likely to slow blood flow and impair nutrient and oxygen flow in the peripheral retina.What is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and Dementia...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 26, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer Alzheimers Disease alzheimers research brain eye eye health science Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's Reading Room Testimonials
Ranked #1 by Healthline in the Best Alzheimer's Blogs - 2012 - 2018"The Alzheimer ’s Reading Room is what it claims to be – and more.""This comprehensive site is run by full-time caregiver and gifted advocate Bob DeMarco. Filled with wonderful contributions from a variety of talented writers, this site offers everything you need to know about the challenge of caregiving, learning about your loved one ’s condition, and taking care of yourself as well. Thanks to the tireless efforts of everyone at the Alzheimer ’s Reading Room, you have a go-to place for advice, education, and...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 24, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer communication tips Alzheimer Reading Room alzheimers care alzheimers caregiving dementia help for caregivers family caregiving help alzheimer's help with dementia help with dementia care Source Type: blogs

6 Questions You Need to Ask About Surgery, Anesthesia and Dementia
This article -3 Things Everyone Should Know About Anesthesia - should be helpful in helping you ask the right questions and how to formulate those question. You might want to print the article and have it in hand if surgery is on the horizon.Does Anesthesia Cause Dementia or Memory Loss in the Elderly?Related ContentTest Your Memory for Alzheimer'sUrinary Tract Infections Can Hasten Memory Loss in Alzheimer's PatientsCan An Undetected Urinary Tract Infection Can Kill an Alzheimer's PatientCan you die from Alzheimer's disease?Learn More from Our Knowledge Base Topics PagesAlzheimers Dementia SymptomsCare of Dementia Patient...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 22, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's and anesthesia Alzheimers Dementia anesthesia dementia family health memory surgery anesthesia Source Type: blogs

How to Use Bright Light to Improve Mood and Behavior in Alzheimer's Patients
One of the most important things I learned as an Alzheimer's caregiver was how to use bright light to change my mother's mood and behavior.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomMy mother, Dotty, had a tendency to get in a bad mood around 4:30 PM each day. It was like a form of sundowning. Learn more about that situation by following this link.Twilight Moments in Dementia Patients - Sundowning SyndromeShe might say things like I'm going to bed,or something much worse.What really struck me was the look on her face. It seemed like she wasn't there; or, sometimes like she as very unhappy. I didn't like the look on her face and...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 22, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: Alzheimers Dementia alzheimers reading room bright light bright light alzheimers care of dementia patients how to learning Source Type: blogs

Light Exposure in Nursing Homes Decreases Sleep Disturbances, Depression and Agitation in Alzheimer's Patients
This study tested whether atailored daytime lighting intervention could improve sleep and behavior in Alzheimer's patients living in long-term care facilities.Compared to baseline and to the inactive lighting condition,the lighting intervention significantly decreased sleep disturbances, depression and agitation.Learn More -What to do when dementia patient gets agitatedWhile all measures improved,the most significant improvement was seen in sleep quality."Here we show that if the stimulus (light dose) is carefully delivered and measured, it can have a strong impact on sleep, depression and agitation. De...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 19, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer alzheimer wandering bright light care of dementia patients daytime light mood nursing home sleep Source Type: blogs

How Often Should You Visit a Memory Care Patient
Dr. Rita A. Jablonski is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced persons I know when it comes to memory care, dementia and caregivers.I forwarded Rita a question from one of our readers."How Often Should You Visit a Memory Care Patient When They First Go In"?This is an important question, and is often a great source of anxiety for Alzheimer's caregivers.The answer often depends on the actual circumstances at the time.Topic -Memory CareBy Rita A. JablonskiAlzheimer's Reading RoomSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:Hi, Bob.The answer depends on the physical and mental condition of both parties. Som...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 18, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer care Alzheimers Dementia care of dementia patients dementia care help alzheimers help dementia memory care nursing home senior care Source Type: blogs

The Importance of Touch and Kindness in Dementia Care
One of the biggest challenges Alzheimer's Caregivers face is how to communicate effectively with someone living with Alzheimer's disease. This challenge is particularly difficult when a person living with dementia becomes nasty and mean.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomAt the beginning, my mother turned meaner than a junkyard dog.She said mean and nasty things to me every day.This was new. My mother had never engaged in these behaviors with me before.What is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and DementiaI had a leg up on this one because I studied communication in college and graduate school.Subscribe to the A...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 17, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer communication alzheimers care alzheimers caregiving dementia help for caregivers help alzheimer's help with dementia touch touch in dementia care Source Type: blogs

Dementia Care Here is the Silver Lining in Losing Your Temper
It takes the patience of a saint to deal with many of the odd, frustrating, STRESSFUL behaviors of dementia.by Paula Spencer ScottAlzheimer's Reading RoomUm, I'm no saint.I admit it: I've groused, "Dad! I just told you!" after he asked the score for the tenth time in five minutes.I've argued with my father-in-law that no, his"new bride" (imaginary) was not "coming any minute in the Buick,"even though I knew his frontotemporal dementia was behind his frequent delusions and hallucinations. I've walked out of a room when I couldn't stand any more crazy behaviors.Even as I knew better.Topic -Alzhe...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 14, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: Alzheimer's family alzheimers care anger care of dementia patients dementia care help alzheimer's help with dementia care stress temper Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's Patients Can't Make Decisions, So You Must Become Their Guide
It is very common for Alzheimer's (and dementia) patients to say No. There is a simple solution to this problem - become a guide, and if necessary, lend them your brain.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomOne thing that really frustrates Alzheimer's caregivers is the tendency for most persons living with dementia to say -No.Learn More -Alzheimer's Patients Can't Make DecisionsSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:No, I don't want to take a shower (bath). No, I don't need to go to the bathroom. No, I don't want to take my medication.No.What is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and DementiaI conducted two ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 14, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care alzheimer's caregiving Alzheimer's Dementia brain care of dementia patients dementia care health help with dementia care lifestyle memory care facility nursing home Source Type: blogs

How Do You Convince an Alzheimer's Patient They Need Help?
Dotty never knew she had Alzheimer's. In the beginning when I was trying to explain this to her one of three things happened -- she became angry and said mean things to me, she started crying, or she went into the bedroom and wouldn't come out.How to Convince an Alzheimer's Patient They Need Help?A reader came to the Alzheimer's Reading Room from Google after entering the search term above.The person searching for an answer to their question was clearly determined and sophisticated because h/she searched across several pages on the Alzheimer's Reading Room until they landed onArticle -Ten Tips for Communicating with an Alz...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 14, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer communication alzheimers care care of dementia patients dementia care dotty elderly dementia care help with dementia how to alzheimer how to convince Source Type: blogs

16 Things I Would Want, If I Get Dementia
Just in case I do get dementia, I've written a list of rules I ’d like to live by.When you work in dementia care, people tend to ask you a lot of questions. Probably one of the most common questions that I hear is,“Are you afraid to get dementia when you’re older?”What is the Difference Between Alzheimer's and DementiaBy Rachael WonderlinAlzheimer's Reading RoomHonestly, there are many things that scare me much more than dementia does. Don ’t get me wrong: dementia is a terrible group of diseases. I've been fortunate, however, to see many of the beautiful moments that people with dementia can ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 14, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: 16 alzheimers care care of dementia patients dementia care dementia communication tips elderly dementia care help with dementia help with dementia care memory care what if i get dementia Source Type: blogs

Dementia Care Coaching: An Option for Caregivers
The best dementia caregiver coach of them all - Dr. Rita Jablonski ~ Bob DeMarco, Alzheimer's Reading RoomYou have read the articles and the blogs. You ’ve scoured the internet and watchedYouTube videos.You ’ve checked out Facebook and Pinterest. You’ve readThe 36-Hour Day and other books.You have talked with countless medical professionals, perhaps even some “experts.” Maybe you even took a Dementia Certification class.Yet, you are having some real problems as a caregiver. Nothing seems to be working. The frustration and anger just keep building. You have no idea how long you can keep this up...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 12, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care coaching alzheimer's caregiving care of dementia patients coaching caregivers dementia care coaching dementia coaching health help alzheimers help for caregivers Source Type: blogs

How Alzheimer's Changes the Brain - Video
In healthy people, all sensations, movements, thoughts, memories, and feelings are the result of signals that pass through billions of nerve cells, or neurons, in the brain.In a person living with Alzheimer ’s toxic changes in the brain destroy the nerve cell (or neurons). These changes may occur years, even decades, before the first signs of dementia.Researchers believe that this process involves two proteins called beta-amyloid and tau.What is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and DementiaSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:How to Test Your Memory for Alzheimer's and Dementia (5 Best Tests)4 Memo...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 12, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's progression alzheimer's risk brain Brain disease memory memory problems memory systems what parts of the brain are affected by alzheimer's Source Type: blogs

Stress Intensifies Alzheimer's Disease and Challenging Behavior in Dementia Patients
It is my belief that reduction of stress can reduce the progression of memory loss in Alzheimer's patients; and, could lead to a happier, more easy to deal with, person living with dementia.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomStress has a negative impact on our health and can make us sick.12 Ways to Control CareGiver Stress and SadnessI wonder how many Alzheimer's caregivers knowthat scientific research indicates that stress can lead to an increased build up of nuerotoxic beta amyloid in Alzheimer's patients?This research and this new understanding of Alzheimer's had a major impact on the way(s)I decided to deal wit...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 8, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's Alzheimer's family alzheimer's story alzheimers care Alzheimers Dementia alzheimers stress care of dementia patients help alzheimer's help with dementia care Source Type: blogs

Stress Intensifies Both Alzheimer's and Challenging Behavior in Dementia Patients
It is my belief that the reduction of stress could reduce the progress of memory loss in Alzheimer's patients; and, could lead to a happier, more easy to deal with, person living with dementia.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomStress has a negative impact on our health and can make us sick.12 Ways to Control CareGiver Stress and SadnessI wonder how many Alzheimer's caregivers knowthat scientific research indicates that stress can lead to an increased build up of nuerotoxic beta amyloid in Alzheimer's patients?This research and this new understanding of Alzheimer's had a major impact on the way(s)I decided to deal ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 8, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's Alzheimer's family alzheimer's story alzheimers care Alzheimers Dementia alzheimers stress care of dementia patients help alzheimer's help with dementia care Source Type: blogs

Grief and the Emotional Evolution of the Alzheimer ’s Caregiver
As I reviewed descriptions of the stages of grief, I realized that Alzheimer ’s and dementia caregivers may go through them as well.Elisabeth K übler-Ross was the author of the groundbreaking bookOn Death and Dying, in which she laid out her theory of the five stages of grief.They are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:By Marie MarleyAlzheimer's Reading RoomAs I reviewed descriptions of the stages, I realized that Alzheimer ’s caregivers may go through them as well. I realized that having a loved one living with Alzheimer’s is a kind of...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 8, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: acceptance alzheimer's care anger bargaining caregiving dementia care denial DEPRESSION how to grieve stages of grief alzheimer's dementia Source Type: blogs

Reassurance in Alzheimer's Care (Podcast)
How much time have you spent thinking about the role of reassurance in Alzheimer's care?by Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomReassurance - the action of removing someone's doubts or fears. A statement or comment that removes someone's doubts or fears.Is you loved one living with Alzheimer's mean to you? Did you ever considerreassuring them during the dayto help them feel safe and secure? If you try this you might find that your loved isless mean, and, easier to deal with.Here is a simple example.Have you ever put your arm around them, put you head against their head (attached yourself to them), and said, "don't worry...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 6, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care alzheimer's caregiving alzheimers podcast care of dementia patients dementia care health help alzheimer's help with dementia care lifestyle reassurance Source Type: blogs

Dying from Dementia, Suffering Often Unnecessary
This discussion and research on Dying with Dementia and the unnecessary care that often accompanies the late stages of dementia is worth discussing and considering.ByAlzheimer's Reading RoomThis topic is often overlooked and avoided until it is too late.I believe these issues should be considered, and when possible,discussed in support groups. This information is worth sharing and discussing with family members.Learn More -Coping with Alzheimer'sSince individuals with advanceddementia cannot report their symptoms, these symptoms often are untreated, leaving them vulnerable to pain, difficulty breathing and various other co...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 6, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: Alzheimer's Dementia assisted living and memory care facility care homes for elderly with dementia care of dementia patients care of dementia patients at home dementia care elderly dementia care Source Type: blogs

Research Links Tau Protein to Cell Death in Alzheimer ’s disease
In this study we provide novel insights into how accumulation of Tau protein may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.”Although scientists have studied for years what happens when Tau forms aggregates inside neurons, it still is not clear why brain cells ultimately die. One thing that scientists have noticed is that neurons affected by Tau accumulation also appear to have genomic instability.“Genomic instability refers to an increased tendency to have alterations in the genetic material, DNA, such as mutations or other impairments.This means that the genome is not functioning correctl...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 6, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's science Alzheimers Prevention alzheimers research brain dna genome health memory memory experiments tau Tau Protein Source Type: blogs

The Alzheimer's Yakker - Joanne
This article should help members of your family, or friends,understand that you can talk to a person living with Alzheimer's and you should not be reluctant or fearful.Communicating in Alzheimer's WorldHere goes.I am in another roomlistening to my sister Joanne talking to my mom. Dotty is living with Alzheimer's disease. I feel like I am in the"wayback machine" -- in the past before Dotty was diagnosed.How to Listen to an Alzheimer's PatientJoanne is talking to Dotty in the same way she had 10, 20, 30 years ago. They talk about great grand kids which delights Dotty. They talked about friends, cousins, and long ag...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 4, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's Alzheimer's family alzheimer's story Alzheimers Dementia care of dementia patients communication and alzheimers conversation help alzheimer's help with dementia care Source Type: blogs

10 Tips for Communicating with an Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients
Do not argue with a person living with Alzheimer's. It gets you nowhere.Ever feel like you just weren ’t getting through or able to deal effectively with a person living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia?Try some of these tips to see if they help.What is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and DementiaBy Carole LarkinAlzheimer's Reading RoomArticle -Tips for communicating with Alzheimer ’s and dementia patients1. Make eye contactAlways approach them face-to-face and make eye contact. Use their name if you need to. It is vital that they actually see you and that their attention is focused on you.Read ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 4, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care Alzheimer's Communication Alzheimer's Dementia care of dementia patients communication and alzheimer's dementia care help alzheimer's memory care Source Type: blogs

3 Ways to End the Dementia Care Blame Game
Are persons afflicted with dementia inherently mean?The answer is no, and studies prove it.What can you do?1.Look for patterns of bad behavior, and when they are happening.2.Establish a dailyroutine.3.Introduce activities into your day thatkeep dementia patients occupied.The Alzheimer's Caregiver Blame GameBy Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:1. Identify the Patterns of BehaviorOne of the most effective things I did as a caregiver isstart keeping track (writing down) thenegative episodes that my mother would perform each day.I started to realize that many of these difficult b...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 4, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimers alzheimers caregiving blame care of dementia patients dementia activities dementia blame dementia care dementia help for caregivers dementia routine help alzheimer's memory care Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's Patients are Capable of More Than We Can Imagine
It is my belief that if you get in the habit of positively reinforcing your dementia patient, praising them, and coming to each situation with great emotion you will find that they are capable of more than you can imagine.Previously I wrote,2 Alzheimer's Tips That Worked with Dotty, and in that article I alluded to my simple belief thatAlzheimer's and dementia patients are capable of more than we can imagine.Topic -6 reasons why you might have to put someone with dementia in a memory care facilityBy Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomWhen I say this I mean,we the caregivers are constrained by our own brains; and as a resul...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 3, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer alzheimer's care alzheimer's caregiving Alzheimer's Dementia care of dementia patients dementia care health help alzheimer's help with dementia care lifestyle memory care facility Source Type: blogs

What If Your Loved One Keeps Telling You the Same Stories Over and Over?
If I wanted her to be “normal” I might have told her she’d told that story the last time and that we should talk about something else.By Marie MarleyAlzheimer's Reading RoomMylast article was about what to do if your loved one keeps asking you the same questions over and over.Today I ’m writing about what to do if the person keeps telling you the same storyrepeatedly.3 Ways to Redirect a Dementia Patient and Embrace RealitySubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading - This is a Free ServiceAs I ’ve mentioned before I volunteer to visit three ladies with Alzheimer’s at a local memory care facili...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - May 31, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's alzheimer's stages alzheimer's symptoms alzheimer's test Alzheimer's Treatment Alzheimers Dementia alzheimers story alzheimjers information health memory loss Source Type: blogs

When Dotty Went to Heaven She Had Learned Her Final Life Lesson
Dotty was always convinced she could take "care" of herself, and then something changed.Dotty, 95 years oldDorothy Olive DeMarco was born on June 29, 1916. She went to Heaven on May 25, 2012.10 Things a Person Living with Dementia Would Tell You If They CouldBy Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:I was convinced for thirty years thatDotty would live to be more than one hundred years old. I did waver on this a bit when Alzheimer's disease came into our lives.In 2004,I started to believe that Dotty would go to Heaven when she learned the most important lesson of her lif...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - May 28, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's Alzheimer's family alzheimer's story Alzheimers Dementia care of dementia patients dorothy demarco dotty help alzheimer's help with dementia care Source Type: blogs

Vitamin B12 Deficiency and dementia
The Framingham Offspring Study found that Vitamin B12 Deficiency is a big problem. How bad? As many as forty percent of the population might be at risk of a vitamin B12 deficiency.by Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomI wrote the following,I Cured My Neighbors' Alzheimer's, andexplained how my neighbor was cured of his Alzheimer's like symptoms with a series of Vitamin B 12 shots.His dementia like symptoms were being cause by a Vitamin B12 deficiency -- a low blood level of vitamin B12.The odds that an older person is suffering from a Vitamin B12 deficiency is quite high. This happens because as we age our bodies lose the ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - May 28, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care Alzheimer's Dementia B12 Deficiency b12 deficiency dementia dementia care dementia help for caregivers help alzheimer's memory care facility nursing home Source Type: blogs

I Cured My Neighbors' Alzheimer's
Today I learned an important lesson. But first, let me tell you how I cured a neighbor of Alzheimer's.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomOh happy day. I just learnedfor the first time ever that someone in the Pines finally listened to me.I live in a community where there are a lot of people over 80 years old.The simple statistics tell me thatone in every three will suffer from dementia. If they live long enough,one in every two.Those are the odds.13 Things Every Alzheimer's Caregiver Needs to KnowFor some reason when a person starts showing signs of dementia here, and I suggest they get a full blown evaluation and full ...
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Study predicts most people with earliest Alzheimer ’s signs won’t develop dementia
This study should be of great interest to anyone that is worried about developing Alzheimer's disease later in life.byAlzheimer's Reading RoomIt should also be of great interest for Alzheimer's caregivers.Researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health conducted the study to determine risks based on age, gender and biomarker screening.What is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and DementiaSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading - This is a Free Service - Join NowDuring the past decade, researchers have identifiednew ways to detect the earliest biological signs of Alzheimer ’s disease.These early signs, w...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - May 26, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: Alzheimers Disease alzheimers research alzheimers risks alzheimers symptoms alzheimers women can you get alzheimers Early Alzheimers Source Type: blogs

Can you die from Alzheimer's disease?
A person does not die directly from Alzheimer's disease; but instead, from complications caused by Alzheimer's disease.How do you know when a dementia patient is dying?Over time, and as Alzheimer's progresses, the body's immune system weakens, increasing susceptibility to infection and other causes of death related to the elderly.Typical complications from Alzheimer's and related dementia are:heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, and lung infections due to aspiration of food. Multi-organ failure is often the cause of death in dementia patients.Learn More -Can you die from Alzheimer's disease?By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Rea...
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Alzheimer's World - The New Reality
Once you accept Alzheimer's World and learn how to operate in Alzheimer's World you'll learn that opposites can indeed attract. And stick together like glue.To understand Alzheimer'sYou must redefine realityThis new reality is calledAlzheimer's WorldWhat is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and DementiaBy Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading - This is a Free Service - Join NowImagine communicating with someone for 50 years or longer. Then they change.They are not the person you always knew? If not, then who are they? Who?This person you always knew,starts acting and coping with th...
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4 Ways to Deal with Anger and Confusion on the Part of a Loved One Living with Dementia
The more confused a person living with dementia becomes the meaner they get.On the other hand, greater activity on their part creates better awareness and self esteem.How to talk and communicate with dementia patients effectivelyBy Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading - This is a Free Service - Join Now1. When a person living with dementia is left alone it is very easy for them to get angry and confused.Persons living with dementialose the ability to tell time. Not only what time it is, or what day it is; but also, duration of time.When you go out, or are unseen for a short period of time...
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Alzheimer's Care Why Do the Deeply Forgetful Say No So Often
Many Alzheimer's caregivers accept the word "No" from the deeply forgetful without ever trying to figure out why they say it.By Bob De MarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomS/he says no all the time, the caregiver complains.It is very common for a person that is deeply forgetful to say "no" when you ask them to do something. I don't know why, but it seems like this is a secret to many in the dementia communityeven though this is a common occurrence.What is The Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and DementiaSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading - This is a Free ServiceI knew for a long time when Dotty said &quo...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - May 22, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care Alzheimer's Dementia dementia care help alzheimer's help with dementia memory care facility nursing home searches related to dementia care Source Type: blogs

The Frightened, Angry, Anxious, Mean Dementia Patient
Don't get angry at the actions of someone that is living with dementia. Instead remind yourself - it is not their fault.by Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomBored, frightened, bewildered, apprehensive, anxious and angry. I can say that everyone of those words applied to Dotty when I first arrived in Delray Beach to care for her.It just amazed me how easy it was for Dotty to get out of balance.To get mean.How simple? Consider this.Topic -Alzheimer's Care and CommunicationDotty would be standing there with the door wide open on the refrigerator and making a sandwich. She didn't do it the way most of us do it. We usually tak...
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Advice and Insight Into Alzheimer's and Dementia
"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest." -- Thomas MooreAlzheimer's DementiaBy Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading Room1.The Metamorphosis of This Alzheimer's CaregiverThe more I learned the more I wanted to know. I learned a great deal about Alzheimer's disease and dementia--including the science. It helped me understand a very mystifying disease. It helped me to put a frame around something that is difficult if not impossible to describe.________________________________________2.Communication in Alzheimer's WorldLearning how to communic...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - May 21, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care family caregiving help alzheimer's help with dementia help with dementia care memory care senior care resources Source Type: blogs

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...
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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...
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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...
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