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Caregiver Stress for Daughters

Compared with wives who care for a spouse with Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia, daughters caring for similarly afflicted parents experience more cardiovascular stress, a new study shows. Dr. Abby C. King, of Stanford Medical School, and Colleagues studied 81 women, ages 50 – 85, who acted as primary caregivers to a […]

Communicating with Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease

by Maria C. Appelzoller, PhD One of the most tragic symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the worsening ability to communicate. Deterioration of verbal communication is evident as pauses in conversation increase, word substitutions become more prominent, and “empty” communication is the norm. Poor memory, poor judgment, poor comprehension of spoken and written material, and […]

The ACE Philosophy and Dementia Capable Caregiving

by Catherine Harris PhD, RNCS The physical and emotional difficulties in caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) cannot be underestimated. However, the research literature, recognized experts, and the National Alzheimer’s Association (AA) support key and basic principles of caregiving that will minimize the behavior problems associated with AD. When activities of daily living […]

What If Your Person Is Missing?

When you suspect your loved one may be easily confused about direction and surroundings, or when he or she is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, immediately make plans to prevent them from getting lost. Notify neighbors of your concern and ask for their help by observing. Lock doors at night and consider installing […]

When Your Person Says “I Want to go home.”

By Mary Ann Matteson, PhD, RN, FAAN Persons with dementia often “perseverate” about going “home” or have delusions about “home”. Home can mean different things to a person with dementia. It may mean the home, a home where they lived in another stage of their life, it may mean the home they recently left or […]

Home Modification and Home Safety

FIXING TOILET TO CONTROL FLUSHING This can enable a caregiver to determine if a person with dementia has been using the toilet regularly. Directions on how to disable the lever: Most toilets have an external lever that is pressed to open the flow valve which allows the water in the tank to flow quickly into […]

Activity Based Alzheimer Care

by Catherine Harris PhD, RNCS Activities are the foundation of Alzheimer care. Every event, interaction or procedure is an activity. It may be an outing, a backrub, a dance or a meal. The principle involved is one of focusing on the person’s retained capacities, flexibility in planning and grading activities to their level of functional […]

FAQ’s About Alzheimer’s

1. How are Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease alike or different? Dementia is not a disease, but rather a group of symptoms characterized by a decline in intellectual functioning severe enough to interfere with a person’s normal daily activities and social relationships. Alzheimer’s disease is but one of the many types of dementia, but is the […]