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13 Safety Tips for caring for a Person with Dementia

Submitted by Alberto Chaves on 16:09

13 Safety Tips for caring for a Person with DementiaWhen caring for a loved one with dementia, necessary precautions need to be taken in order to accommodate them better and to make sure that they are kept safe. Dementia is a condition that progresses over time and being prepared to keep everything in order for peace of mind is fundamental. Caregiving for a person with dementia is not limited to assisting on daily tasks, it goes beyond that and making sure a safety environment is provided for them.

9 tips to deal with Alzheimer’s disease ambiguous loss

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 16:25

9 0tips to deal with Alzheimers disease ambiguous lossResearcher Pauline Boss coined the term ‘ambiguous loss’ in 1977 and defined it as a type of loss that offers no closure and leaves the person with more questions than answers, thus hindering the grieving process. There are two kinds of ambiguous loss; physical and psychological. Physical ambiguous loss is the type that Penelope and Telemachus must have experienced during Ulysses’s 20 year absence from home, during which he was thought to be dead but there was always the remotest chance that he might come back. In that case, the person is not there physically but is still remembered psychologically by those left behind. Conversely, psychological ambiguous loss what people who care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease may experience. The person remains there in the flesh but their minds are going or have already been long gone. The following tips may help caregivers cope with psychological ambiguous loss.

The loneliness of the long distance dementia caregiver

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 18:05

The loneliness of the long distance dementia caregiverCaregivers are number one, as far as we’re concerned. Unfortunately, one is the loneliest number; even when adding the care receiver to the equation – let’s just say that sometimes two can be just as bad as one. Often there is a divide between caregivers and society at large – enforced by either the former or the latter and sometimes both. Moreover, spending all of your waking hours with someone who is a loved one but who doesn’t recognize you anymore – someone who in the best of cases ignores you and at worst, in the words of Lou Reed, someone who actively despises you (who actively despises you) – can be hell on your own mental health. Next thing you know, somebody’s having rat for dinner.

Sexy and they know it (or do they?): Sex and Dementia

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 13:35

Sexy and they know it (or do they Sex and DementiaCaregivers are often at a loss as to how to deal with the sexual changes that dementia can cause in a person, even – or especially – if the caregiver happens to be that person’s spouse. Fifteen years into the 21st century sex is still something of a taboo subject, but add aging and mental illness – which are often intertwined – and the result is almost anathema. The fact remains though that people with dementia have as much right as anyone else to enjoy a rewarding sexual life. Having said that, caregivers/spouses must realize that, among other things, and to paraphrase Comic Book Guy, for many of you, this will be much less breeding; for others, much, much more.

74 tips for coping with the many faces of dementia

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 14:59

74 tips for coping with the many faces of dementiaDementia caregivers have to deal with somebody who cannot communicate, with a paranoid individual, with someone who can’t sleep at night, and another who wets the bed when they do sleep, and an overall unpredictable person – all of them embodied by a single loved one. The following pieces of advice may come in handy when tackling each different area.

How to handle Alzheimer’s disease’s erratic behavior

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 17:41

How to handle Alzheimers diseases erratic behaviorAlzheimer’s disease can be to patients like gamma radiation to Dr. David Bruce Banner; if triggered, it’s all “you won’t like me when I’m angry” or anxious, or aggressive, or frustrated, or confused. It is up to the caregiver to identify and address these negative behaviors before anyone gets hurt.

New at Dementia Caregiving? Here are a few tips!

Submitted by Mariela Miranda on 17:40

New at Dementia CaregivingDementia might affect someone’s ability to reason or impair them from performing everyday activities, however, someone who suffers from this cruel illness is able to feel and respond to love and other emotions. People with dementia should be treated with respect for their uniqueness and value despite their condition.

When someone becomes aware of the fact that they are suffering from dementia or are made aware by the doctor they experience vulnerability and fear. They become uncertain of their future and although they get irritated and difficult to deal with, they need to be re-assured by their loved ones, family and care-givers that they are not alone.  One important detail to remember is that the last part of the brain affected by dementia is the parts where emotions are present. 

Communication tips for each Alzheimer’s disease stage

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 10:17

The progress of Alzheimer’s disease may feel like a Three Stages of Hell match between the caregiver and the care receiver. However, these tips may help you get the three count on your dementia communications issues. But first let’s establish what communication is and is not.

Let’s communicate with people who have dementia

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 13:14

Have dementia

People with dementia – for example Alzheimer’s disease – are often perceived as being worse off than they may actually be. As a result, people around them may treat them as subhuman beings – sort of like the Apes treated the humans in The Planet of the former. This lack of proper interaction may cause the patient – in a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy – to actually descend to unreachable depths of non-communication. As a caregiver, it is upon you to maintain a link with the person with dementia in such a way that they are neither overwhelmed nor unstimulated.

Cool Caregiver: Serenity now, Alzheimer’s disease later

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 13:42

Cool caregiver

The mental and physical challenge of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease would break even a trained professional, let alone an unpaid caregiver. The tension can build up to the level of a Mexican stand-off. But like Sam Jackson said in Pulp Fiction, we’re gonna be a bunch of Fonzies. And what’s Fonzie like? Come on, what’s Fonzie like? He’s cool? Correct-amundo! And that's what we're gonna be, we're gonna be cool. However, we cannot be like a cucumber – as in ‘cool as a’ – if we’re all stressed out. Problem is, we can’t always tell when we’re stressed; perhaps we even think that’s the normal state of being a caregiver. So the very first step is to be able to recognize the signs of caregiver stress.

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