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11 Tips for Bathing a Person Living with Dementia

Do you care for a person living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia? Has bath time has been a struggle for you both? It’s easy to understand why that may be: All of your adult life you have bathed or showered in privacy, using a routine that fits your personal preferences best. Now imagine someone else trying to undress and b...

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Communication Strategies for Dementia

It’s indescribably painful to witness the deterioration of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, or any other type of dementia. As the disease progresses, we see minor forgetfulness gradually morph into severe impairment and eventually our loved one’s individuality itself is compromised. Understanding how to connect and communicate with o...

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Sun Downing: Symptoms, triggers & strategies

The term ‘sun downing’ or ‘sundown syndrome’ refers to an end-of-day confusion and restlessness that manifests as dusk approaches. It affects people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. This psychological phenomenon causes behavioral problems that begin to occur as the sun is setting. Those affected may go into a ...

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This Little-Known Brain Chemical is the Reason Why Your Memory Is Losing Its Edge

It all started with minor slips you easily dismissed as "senior moments." You forgot your keys. You called someone by the wrong name. The word you were looking for was on the tip of your tongue, but you couldn't quite grasp it. You don't feel any older, but you do feel yourself changing. Researchers agree this could be a sign of something more seri...

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Validation Therapy for Dementia: Calming or Condescending?

People with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia often live in an altered reality that doesn't mesh with ours; yet their perceptions are as real to them as our perceptions are to us. That's a tough concept for many adult children and spouses of people with dementia to absorb. Validation of our loved one's reality is very often the ...

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Dementia and Alzheimer’s: Related But Not the Same

What is Dementia? Is it the same as Alzheimer's? This is a question frequently asked.  The terms dementia and Alzheimer's disease are frequently interchanged in the medical community and in written articles, so it is understandable that people would think they are the same thing.  But they are not the same.  Knowing what dementia is can be a ...

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Sensory Stimulation for Dementia Care

Sensory stimulation is the activation of one or more of the senses such as taste, smell, vision, hearing, and touch. Sensory stimulation enables us to engage with the environment and communicate in multiple and complex ways. Confusion & isolation can prevent sensory stimulation People are usually bombarded with sensory stimulation all day lon...

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10 Ways to Avoid Agitation and Aggression

Avoid Agitation and Aggression The person with Alzheimer’s often appears to be stubborn, obstinate, argumentative, and aggressive and downright mean at times. I say “appears to be,” because in reality they are none of those things. Someone who has dementia is someone with a brain injury and damage to the brain prevents him from reactin...

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Making Memory Books for People with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia.

Even before mom and dad started showing symptoms of dementia, I had made photo books for myself and my family.  Some of my early books were made from vacation photos on www.kodakgallery.com or www.shutterfly.com.  My children had also made books using those same websites depicting a year in their lives or stories their children had written. Th...

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How to Solve Hygiene Problems Common to People with Dementia

Odd or frustrating behaviors around clean clothes, bathing, oral care, hairstyling, and shaving seldom come "out of nowhere." Usually there's a trigger, and ways to work around it. Dementia Hygiene Problem: Wears Same Dirty Clothes Over and Over Possible causes The person: Forgets the clothes are dirty after they're removed (so they neve...

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