10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Caregivers

Do you have a friend who is a caregiver for a loved one? Or, do you know someone whose professional job consists of taking care of others? Whether this role is paid or unpaid, life-encompassing or part-time, for a family member or a patient, there are some things better left unsaid. Good Intentions Most of our comments…

Five Ways to Help a Parent with Dementia who Refuses Care

The terrible thing about dementia is that in its early stages, people are aware that their brain is changing. They often recognize the signs of memory loss, confusion and the inability to handle daily activities. It is a frightening time. The slight personality shift can dramatically change your approach to dementia care. It isn’t really…

Responding to and Treating Hallucinations in Dementia

Is Your Loved One Seeing Bugs that Aren’t Really There? What Are Hallucinations? Hallucinations are inaccurate perceptions of a person’s surroundings which involve at least one of the five senses: Visual Auditory Touch Smell Taste The most common hallucinations are auditory and visual in nature. Some hallucinations are anxiety-provoking and distressing, such as seeing bugs…

10 Things People with Dementia Wish You Knew about Them

If people with dementia shared their thoughts and feelings with us, these 10 things might be some of the many things they’d point out. 1. They’d like a little respect. People with Alzheimer’s or another dementia aren’t children. They’re adults who had jobs, families and responsibilities. They may have been very accomplished in their field. They are mothers and fathers, sisters…

10 keys for caregivers in Alzheimer’s disease

10 Keys to caregivers in Alzheimer’s disease What is it? Alzheimer’s is a degenerative dementia that usually affects people over 65 years, although there are cases in children under 40 years. Its evolution is slow and progressive, frequently presenting deterioration of language, memory and / or recognition of objects and people. PHASES Initial As a main…

Communication Tips for Each Stage of Alzheimer’s

Those who have a family member or friend with Alzheimer’s disease probably know full well that communication can be a challenge. The disease lowers the normal brain function involved in comprehending and listening and interferes with a person’s ability to clearly express their ideas and thoughts. As people with Alzheimer’s progress into the late stage of…

10 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s You May Have Missed

Although memory loss often occurs with age, Alzheimer’s disease goes beyond forgetting to pay a bill or losing things every now and then. As the Alzheimer’s Association describes, Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. It impairs intellectual abilities and memory enough to interfere with daily life and it accounts for over half of all dementia…

Devastated mother diagnosed with Alzheimer’s age just 27

A YOUNG mother yesterday told of her devastation after being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease – at the age of just 27. Jayde Greene is hoping to find a cure for the deadly illness after being told she may not live to see her young son Freddie finish secondary school. The mother of one…

Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Found in Young Adults

While age is the number one risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, Alzheimer’s is not a natural part of aging and the disease affects more than just the senior age group. In fact, a recent study has found evidence of amyloid buildup in the brains of people as young as 20 years old. Learn more about…

Pros and Cons of Doll Therapy in Dementia

The Research Behind Doll Therapy in Alzheimer’s Disease Doll therapy involves offering dolls to adults who are living with dementia and other medical conditions with the goal of improving their comfort, engagement, and quality of life. Doll therapy is typically used for people who are in the middle or late stages of dementia. There are multiple companies the sell…