Positive Communication

The Alzheimer’s Society of the UK has shared a helpful guide to positive communication about dementia, as well as techniques to successfully communicate with those with dementia. [3d-flip-book mode=”fullscreen” urlparam=”fb3d-page” id=”30584″ title=”false”] To view the original PDF, click here. Content created by Alzheimer’s Society of the United Kingdom.

Diet and Nutrition

Meals are a fundamental part of everyone’s day, yet they are often the most difficult part of the day for dementia caregivers . Diet and nutrition are critically important for the well-being of those with dementia, yet many lack the faculties to maintain proper nutrition on their own. As such, diet is a common source […]

Caring for the Caregiver

Taking care of loved ones with dementia is one of the most difficult tasks any of us may face. Numerous studies have shown that the strenuous labors of caregiving have an adverse effect on mental and physical health of caregivers, especially as dementia diagnoses worsen. Thankfully, researchers, former caregivers, and healthcare professionals from around the […]

Getting Outdoors

Feeling cooped up indoors? You aren’t alone! Research shows that physical isolation indoors can lead to anxiety, restlessness, and the desire to wander in individuals with dementia.¹ Find a trail in a nearby state or city park, or even just the patio at home, and take your loved one on an outdoor excursion. Things to […]

Behavior and Personality Changes

Behavior and personality changes are a normal yet frightening part of the progression of Alzheimer’s Dementia. If your loved one has recently received an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, or if you do not know what to expect when this happens, please see the link below, as well as the attached video: Behavior & Personality Changes (Weill Institute […]

Keeping Clean with Good Hygiene!

  Personal hygiene is one of the most important – and most difficult – aspects of caregiving to maintain, especially as decreased mobility complicates facility access. It is important, therefore, to develop positive hygiene habits early on, and to maintain a steady supply of essential hygiene products. Below, we list a selection of products that […]

Dealing with Aggression

Aggression in individuals with Alzheimer’s dementia can be a surprising and scary development, especially the first time it happens. It is important to remain calm in the face of aggression, and to identify the cause as quickly as possible. TIP: work backwards. Think about the recent past and what happened right before the behavior change? […]

Dementia Friendly Activities

No matter the season, it’s always a good idea to have ready a playbook of activities that are safe and fun for loved ones with dementia. Key Strategies: Be flexible! Rainy days, sleepless nights, illness, or mobility issues can often complicate excursions or physical activities, so make sure your playbook includes activities suited to a […]

Dealing with Restlessness

What is Restlessness? Restlessness is a common and completely normal response to isolation caused by limited change in environment. Common causes of restlessness are: Extended periods of illness, or injury-related recovery Seasonal changes, particularly extreme temperatures or prolonged periods of inclement weather Lack of mobility and mobility assistance Difficult physical or social environment around home […]

Tips on Oral Care

 DENTAL PROBLEMS WITH DEMENTIA CARE  Many times, a person with dementia may be unable to communicate pain or discomfort in their mouth.  SIGNS THERE MAY BE A DENTAL CARE PROBLEM:  Refusing food, especially hot, cold or hard foods.  Rubbing or touching their cheek or jaw.  Moaning or shouting out.  Pulling at the face or mouth.  Head rolling, nodding & flinching, especially […]

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