Tag: communication

21
Aug

10 Supportive Technologies to Help Keep Seniors Safe & Connected

It’s hard to remember what life was like prior to the invention of smartphones, televisions, computers, and other types of technology. We have become accustomed to being connected with family and friends at a moments notice. Although it may be easy for young adults and children to adopt the latest technology, it is often harder for older adults to become

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21
Aug

4 Ways to Help Your Child Understand Alzheimer’s Disease

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

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19
Aug

5 Ways Music Affects Individuals With Alzheimer’s & Dementia

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

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28
May

8 Ways to Communicate With Someone That Has Dementia

It’s not always easy to communicate with an individual that has dementia or Alzheimer’s. A lot of emotions are involved and it is difficult to assess what your loved one is thinking or going through. If you’re looking for ways to make your family member comfortable, we have outlined 8 tips you should utilize while talking to someone with dementia.

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11
Oct

Do Iron-Rich Vegetables like Spinach lead to Alzheimer’s?

Recently published research from the University of Melbourne suggests that iron-rich vegetables may cause a rusting effect on the brain for those who are at risk to develop Alzheimer’s. The study found that those who have a high iron content in their bodies, along with the protein amyloid associated with Alzheimer’s could see a faster decline of cognitive function. Those

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29
Apr

War of the Words

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

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19
Apr

Find Your Green Thumb

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

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8
Apr

Why I Advocate – Part 2

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

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15
Mar

Its Time to Man Up

March is “Women’s History Month” and with that have come numerous online posts and articles about famous women in history, from Rosa Parks to Christa McAulliffe.   Although women have been making history since the existence of mankind, often their stories are given little recognition or not even told.   Currently, there is a large group of women whose stories need

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4
Feb

Don’t Take “No” for an Answer!

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.

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