Memory books are a great way to help those with dementia store and share memories.
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss
Memories are what bind together our past experiences with who we are today; and for an individual with dementia, confusion around these… Continue reading
Some memory issues are a normal part of aging, but if there is a concern about possible dementia, bring the issue up with your primary care provider.
You altogether forgot about the physician’s appointment scheduled for last Thursday, misplaced your reading glasses for the umpteenth time, and can’t remember the name of your new neighbor… Continue reading
Learn tips to help manage challenging dementia behaviors.
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… Continue reading
Some behaviors common among those with Alzheimer’s can be difficult to manage; but support is available for seniors and their families.
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… Continue reading
Even the most devoted caregivers often face false accusations by loved ones with dementia.
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… Continue reading
Rummaging behaviors in dementia are not uncommon and can be managed.
Searching through boxes, cabinets, and closets, taking out assorted items from drawers, and searching repetitively through many different items can be frustrating for the people providing care for a senior with dementia, but in reality these actions are fulfilling an objective. Rummaging behaviors… Continue reading
Learn how to distinguish between Alzheimer’s and LATE dementia in older adults.
An older adult who displays loss of memory, confusion, poor judgment, repetition, and problems with performing daily activities has the distinguishing signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, right? As a matter of fact, what seems to be a clear-cut case of Alzheimer’s may… Continue reading
Make living with dementia better by implementing journaling.
Being a caregiver for a senior living with dementia is a fluid, ever-evolving undertaking. One day may be calm and peaceful, with your senior loved one taking pleasure in activities, eating healthy meals, and sharing laughter with you; while the following day may be fraught with agitation,… Continue reading
Incontinence is a common issue that affects those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Dementia care requires both compassion and creativity to manage a variety of complicated behaviors and effects, and that’s especially true when it comes to dementia and incontinence, something that is extremely common in Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. These tried-and-true strategies can be effective in minimizing the impact of incontinence and preventing an escalation of emotions in someone you love with dementia. Continue reading
Making home as comfortable as possible is key when caring for those with dementia.
Agitation is among the more challenging effects of Alzheimer’s disease, and may be extremely hard for family members to handle. The important thing is in taking steps to tackle agitation before it’s felt and conveyed by the older adult,… Continue reading
Seniors with dementia often experience various kinds of vision problems.
The complicated steps necessary to enable us to see are mind-boggling. Within the blink of an eye, our brains are able to take transmitted details of the environment all around us, translate that information based on input from other senses, memories, and thoughts, and then… Continue reading
Laughter can be good medicine when caring for someone with dementia.
Caring for someone with dementia is certainly not something to laugh about. Nonetheless, research is increasingly pointing towards the benefits associated with humor, and adding it into dementia care may be just what the doctor ordered to enhance quality of life… Continue reading
For more details about Alzheimer’s treatment options and research, reach out to Midnight Sun Home Care.
After 16 very long years without any truly viable Alzheimer’s treatment options, there’s some optimism on the horizon, in a stunning reversal on the previously-rejected antibody therapy, aducanumab Alzheimer drug. The most recent research uncovers that… Continue reading
Women have long been shown to have increased risk for Alzheimer’s and researchers are beginning to understand why.
Scientists are at long last starting to get a handle on the imbalance between Alzheimer’s diagnoses in females and men. Generally, approximately 2/3 of people with Alzheimer’s in the U.S. are female, and as researchers start to… Continue reading
Do you have a loved one taking one of these common prescriptions?
They’re already understood to cause various short-term unwanted side effects, such as memory issues and confusion, but new research links some of the stronger anticholinergic drugs (such as those prescribed for Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, depression, and overactive bladder) to an increased risk factor for dementia. Continue reading