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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

5 Conversation Starters When Talking to Someone with Dementia

 

What should I talk to them about? Will I make them even more frustrated if they can’t remember? These are some of the questions that come to mind when we think of talking to someone living with dementia. Especially as their condition progresses, it may be even harder to communicate with them but it is not an impossible task.

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Non-drug Approaches To Tackle Dementia

 

When it comes to dealing with almost any kind of illness or disease, medical intervention – specifically drugs and medicines – are what we often turn to first. For dementia, it is no different. A person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or any of the other less common dementias may ask questions like, “Is there any medicine I can take to feel better?” While there are currently no medicine that can either completely cure dementia or even delay its spread, treatments are in place to help alleviate some of the symptoms brought about by dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s Disease.

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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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6 Symbols of a Forgotten Singapore

 

In the five decades since our independence, Singapore has undergone a myriad of changes. There exist objects in our memory that we hardly see any more; evocative fragments that draw aged memories to the surface of things.

For persons with dementia who often remember things from long ago and forget more recent happenings, perhaps these will bring forth memories and be a good conversation starter this National Day!… Read the rest

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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Building Dementia-Friendly Communities in Singapore

 

 

Dementia can be a socially alienating illness. Many spend their time cooped up indoors, or in a nursing home, no longer able to lead normal lives. It’s a shame as many persons with dementia (PWD), can continue their daily routines if given a safe environment to do so.

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5 Essential Books On Alzheimer’s

 

An Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis can be frightening and initially overwhelming. The first step toward taking control of your life is to learn and understand the disease as much as you can. Whether you’re a patient or a caregiver, the best resources you can get your hands on are books.

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