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Strategies to Help Deal with Wandering

 

Thomas’ mother, who lives with Alzheimer’s Disease, gave him had a rude shock one morning. When he awoke at 3am and came out for a drink, he found his mother wandering around the dark kitchen in her night gown. When quizzed on what she was doing, all she did was smile and say hello, while being unable to explain her bewildering action.

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Coping With Hallucinations

 

In the process of caring for your loved one with dementia, you may have come across times when she says that she just saw her dead husband walk pass the window, or shout at non-existent bugs crawling on the floor.

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Uncovering The Facts Of Vascular Dementia

 

Vascular dementia is the second most common type of dementia after Alzheimer’s. Here are the facts that you should know about this form of dementia.

There are many different forms of dementia, with vascular dementia being second to Alzheimer’s disease in terms of prevalence.… Read the rest

Finding Joy in Caregiving

 

Caregiving can seem difficult, but there is also plenty of joy that is waiting for you if you change your perspective a little.

As a caregiver, it can be hard to find joy in what you do at times. Watching your loved ones decline over an extended period is not an easy experience to go through, and nothing you’ve experience in life really prepares you for the day-to-day challenges of caring for a person with dementia.… Read the rest

Making Shower Time More Dementia-Friendly

 

There are many persons with dementia who develop a fear of showers even though this is a normal part of each day. Here are some tips that can help encourage your loved one to keep clean.

Showers can be a constant struggle for many caregivers of persons with dementia as what used to be a daily activity becomes a source of frustration.… Read the rest

End-of-life Care For Dementia

 

Death might be inevitable but witnessing it is still a harrowing experience. As caregivers, knowing what lies ahead can make it easier for both you and your loved ones.

Watching your loved one deteriorate because of dementia is difficult. End-stage dementia can be even more traumatic to witness.… Read the rest

Dementia, Pet Care and You

 

When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, it shouldn’t mean that they have to give up their beloved pets. There are ways to integrate them to ensure they remain lifelong well-loved members of the family.

 

Pets are a lifetime commitment, but it is understandable that most of us would wonder if a person with dementia is able to continue looking after their pet.… Read the rest

Reframing Blame

 

Caregiving is never a walk in the park, and in the process of caring for a loved one or ward with dementia, caregivers may find themselves dealing with a common, underlying theme – blame. When talking to caregivers of dementia patients, it is common to hear them remark about their loved ones being not understanding enough or blaming them for being ungrateful.

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Redirecting the Dementia Brain

 

Caregivers of loved ones living with dementia may find this example familiar and relatable: “She is insisting that she is hungry all the time even on occasions when she had just finished the last of her three square meals for the day.

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Keep Calm And Carry On … Caring

 

Caregiving, and the physical and emotional stress that comes with it, are part and parcel of the process. After all, it is an act of love and kindness that requires one to put in a large part of him or herself into the role.

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