Our philosophy, from the beginning, is that when someone develops Alzheimer’s disease, it is a diagnosis for the entire family. Spouses, siblings and adult children are usually the first line of caregivers for the affected family member. You may struggle to handle ordinary symptoms such as personality and behavioral changes. How to Explain Alzheimer’s Disease to Children Although it may
Music is one of the most powerful forms of expression for mankind. It can reach us and affect us while we are still in the womb and take us back in time when we are older. Music has been used to stimulate, entertain, soothe, excite, celebrate, and mourn. In some instances, music may have the ability to break through barriers
Among the many struggles of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s is communication. It can be extremely frustrating, for both parties. The first concern that caregivers and family members bring up during a consultation or support group is usually a problem with communication. This can range from hyper-repetitive questions, usage of incorrect words and even cursing or offensive language. There are
It looks as if winter is behind us as the days grow warmer and spring flowers can be seen poking through the dead leaves and brown grass. This is the time when avid gardeners start planning their projects and getting everything in shape for the season. Many of us look at these masters of the soil and envy their diligence
Sundowning is a term given to those with Alzheimer’s who exhibit an increase in agitation and restlessness in the afternoon. It has something to do with our circadian rhythm and everything to do with increased confusion. My responsibility after school was to start the dinner that my mother had usually prepared in advance. In addition, I was to set the
Written by: Nancy McCaffrey, Director of Operations, Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace & Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Ambassador I’m often asked how I got involved with Alzheimer’s care, both professionally and politically. The reason is personal. My Grandmother developed dementia when I was still a teenager. My mother, her only child, was in her 40’s. Our family lived on the East
One of the most frustrating issues a dementia caregiver faces is the word “no”. It seems to be the go-to answer for those with Alzheimer’s; “Do you need to go to the bathroom?” No. “Are you hungry?” No. “Let’s get you a shower?” No. Even the most persistent caregiver can be worn down by the constant negative responses.