Five Ways to Reduce Agitation for a Senior with Dementia

People with dementia aren't able to solve problems the same way that they did before they developed dementia. This can lead to situations in which they're agitated and upset because they have no way to correct what's going on. Here's what you can do. Check Her Comfort Levels. If your aging family member is experiencing discomfort on even a minor level, she might become agitated. This is … [Read more...]

Unexpected Situations That Stress Alzheimer’s Caregivers

No one can predict what Alzheimer's care will be like. As your parent's needs and abilities change, it can be alarming and unexpected. Here are situations families have encountered while offering senior care that they wish they'd known about in advance. Repeated Questions Get Asked and Can Seem Alarming. You may have heard that Alzheimer's can lead to repeated questions. It does. Some of … [Read more...]

What’s Sundowning and What Can You Do If It Happens?

Sundowning is a troubling symptom of Alzheimer's disease. It's called sundowning because it tends to hit later in the day when the sun starts to go down. Not every Alzheimer's patient gets it, but if it does happen, it can be stressful for all. End Afternoon Naps. If your parent is prone to take a nap in the afternoon, try to end this habit. By keeping your parent active all afternoon, … [Read more...]

Communicating Effectively with an Elderly Adult in the Early Stage of Alzheimer’s Disease

The symptoms that elderly adults exhibit during the early stage of Alzheimer's disease tend to be mild and may even be barely noticeable to many of the people that interact with your aging parent. One type of symptom that you may notice as their family caregiver is changes in their communication. Changes in the way at that your parent expresses themselves and is able to interact with others are … [Read more...]

Effective Solutions for Alzheimer’s Biggest Challenges

When your mom or dad is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, challenges occur with even the simplest tasks. Things you never expected to be challenging present amazing hurdles. Here are some of the challenges you'll face. Haircuts. A haircut can be a traumatic event for someone with Alzheimer's. Fear of a new person blends with fear of the entire process. You might find your mom or dad pushing … [Read more...]

Three Things Adult Children Wish Someone Told Them About Alzheimer’s Care

Your dad's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He was okay for the first few years, but his abilities are declining now. You've decided to save money and work with your siblings to provide the care he needs. Are you really ready for all it entails? Here are three things adult children wish they knew in advance. 1. Anger and Resentment Are Bound to Appear. Your dad is upset with the … [Read more...]

Can Home Care Help a Senior Cope with Their Wandering Tendencies Effectively?

Approximately three out of every five adults who are living with Alzheimer’s disease will develop wandering tendencies. This is approximately 60 percent of those with the disease. Wandering can be one of the most dangerous issues related to cognitive decline, leaving seniors vulnerable to getting lost or ending up in hazardous situations such as wandering into traffic or ending up in a risky area. … [Read more...]

Tips for Communicating with a Loved One Who Has Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer's disease creates a variety of changes for your loved one, most notably her communication style. Learning how to properly communicate with a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease can be complicated, but not impossible. Use these tips to help. Tone of Voice Can Be More Important than What You're Saying. People who have Alzheimer's disease are a little more sensitive to your tone … [Read more...]

How to get your Parent with Dementia to Take a Shower

One of the common topics discussed in dementia support groups for caregivers is the dreaded shower. As your parent’s memory declines, they may simply forget to take a shower or believe that they just took one. The only problem is that the one they “just took” may have been a week ago. Here, then, are some tried, tested, and workable solutions from those that have walked a mile in your … [Read more...]

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