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Category: Alzheimers and Dementia Care

Latinos and Dementia: Some Differences in How Alzheimer’s Presents

A new study sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association reveals some unexpected results in how dementia may show differently in Hispanic people. While further exploration of Latinos and dementia is necessary to fully understand whether these differences are due to social/cultural nuances or dementia itself, it is valuable information for Latino families to understand. Daily Activities […]

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Dementia Research Breakthrough: Understanding the 4 Types of Alzheimer’s

For decades, researchers have been examining the development of Alzheimer’s through one particular basic model, despite the fact that not all Alzheimer’s diagnoses present with the same symptoms and progression. However, a new dementia research breakthrough is on the horizon. Now, a new, collaborative study between the US, Sweden, Canada, and Korea is revealing some interesting […]

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Understanding the Stages of Dementia

Among the first questions in most people’s minds when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer's or another dementia is what can be expected in the time to come. We know that the hallmark of dementia is the progressive decline in cognitive abilities and also the skills needed to manage daily life. Yet, every person […]

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When Lucidity Returns in the End Stages of Dementia and What It’s Teaching Us

Even as memory loss and confusion escalate throughout the progression of dementia, there is an interesting and pleasant reprieve that often occurs. Previously termed “terminal lucidity,” it’s more frequently known as “paradoxical lucidity.” It signifies an unexpected, temporary return of clarity to a nearly pre-dementia state of mind during the end stages of dementia. During […]

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Six Activities for Seniors with Low Vision and Alzheimer’s

Finding fun and engaging activities for seniors with low vision can be a challenge. Add in Alzheimer’s, and it may seem overwhelming. Nevertheless, it’s important to make certain each day holds possibilities for purpose, joy, and meaning – decreasing the level of frustration, agitation, as well as other challenging behaviors and emotions in dementia. The […]

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Shadowing and Dementia: How to Help Overcome the Fear of Being Alone

Primary caregivers for those with Alzheimer's disease in many cases are all too acquainted with the difficulty experienced in trying to take a quiet moment or two alone – to use the restroom, get a brief shower, and even walk into another room. Shadowing and dementia sometimes go hand in hand, and shadowing usually takes […]

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Overcoming Challenging Behaviors: Refusal to Change Clothes and Dementia

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia requires empathy, creativity, and patience, being able to step away from your own reasoning and logic and understand why a certain behavior is happening, and then to understand exactly how to successfully manage it. Refusal to change clothes and dementia can sometimes go hand […]

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Simple Solutions for Managing Disinhibited Behaviors Common with Alzheimer’s

Disbelief. Shame. Awkwardness. Discomfort. Each one of these feelings can cycle through a family caregiver’s mind when a senior with dementia showcases disinhibited behaviors, such as: Rude or tactless comments Inappropriate sexual remarks or advances Removal of clothes at improper times Other socially unacceptable actions The complicated changes that occur to the brain in Alzheimer's disease […]

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Wrongly Accused? How to Respond When Dementia Induces These Delusions

It can come seemingly out of thin air: you place your loved one’s favorite tuna sandwich in front of her – light on the mayo, no onions – something which usually brings her enjoyment. But this time, she shoves the plate away and does not want to take a bite, insisting that you’ve poisoned the […]

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Providing Alzheimer’s Care During COVID-19

Confusion. Isolation. Loneliness. These feelings are becoming common for a number of us during the COVID-19 pandemic, however when you factor in the element of Alzheimer's, the challenges and frustrations are increased to an entirely new level. Consider, for instance, the short-term loss of memory inherent in Alzheimer’s disease. A family care provider attempting to […]

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