Caring for Alzheimer's Disease Patients
Caring for an Alzheimer's Disease patient is difficult and requires many skills to handle the patient's physical, emotional, mental, medical and financial needs. Understand how to care for an Alzheimer's Disease patient.
Articles About Caring For Alzheimer's Disease
- How Music Affects Memory in People with Alzheimer’s
A video of a man in nursing home with Alzheimer's reacts to music from his era has become a viral sensation. Research shows that music is powerful medicine, with the ability to elevate mood and decrease anxiety.
- Playing Along with A Dementia Patient's Realities
Dementia can cause a number of troubling behaviors in sufferers. Delusions can be especially challenging for family members to deal with. Sometimes a simple change in perspective can improve communication and help daily tasks go more smoothly. Caregivers are often faced with the choice of grounding their loved one or validating their perceptions of reality.
- Who Is Worse Off: People with Alzheimer’s or Their Caregivers?
A person with Alzheimer's disease faces a life-altering and ultimately terminal disease. However, Alzheimer's caregivers might have it worse than Alzheimer's patients.
- How to Make a Hospital Stay Easier for Someone with Dementia
You can make a hospital stay for someone with dementia easier. There are 8 things a caregiver can do to help make a stint in the hospital easier for their dementia-stricken loved one.
- Giving Up Control When You Have Alzheimer's Isn't Easy
Taking control away from someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be an emotional process. You have to know when it's the right time to step in without damaging their self-esteem.
- Review Your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Annually to Ensure your Alzheimer’s Medications are Covered
People with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers should check their Medicare prescription drug coverage annually for changes specific to their prescribed medications and dosage.
- Managing Dementia-Related Outbursts Through Redirection and Relearning
Although it’s common for those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to occasionally become agitated, angry or aggressive, there are effective methods for managing these difficult behaviors.
- Locator Services for Wandering Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients
Any Alzheimer's and dementia caregiver is aware of the risk of their loved one wandering. The issue of wandering is one of the most expensive and life-threatening situations in the United States. Public safety workers and emergency response teams recognize this growing problem. Now there are services with tracking devices for families of loved ones that face this risk.
- Providing a Safe Home Environment for Alzheimer's Patients
If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer's in your home, there are several critical areas you must evaluate to prevent accidents and ensure optimal safety.
- Preparing Elders with Dementia for a Doctor's Visit
Effective communication with the doctor is important for you and your family when someone you love suffers from dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Take a team approach to preparing for Dr. visits to better achieve your health care goals.
- How to Care for Someone Who Has Alzheimer's Disease
Here are some tips for coping with some of the most common challenges that people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s face.
- Is Alzheimer’s Disease Hereditary?
Familial Alzheimer’s disease (FAD) or early-onset Alzheimer’s is an inherited, rare form of the disease, however it affects less than 10 percent of Alzheimer’s disease patients.
- Mom's Having Trouble Swallowing Pills. Is This Normal for People with Dementia?
Alzheimer's disease and dementia can cause people to have trouble swallowing pills. There are a few things you can try to help them eat and take their medications.
- How to Handle Dementia Outbursts
Dementia is a disease that affects the patient's entire family and circle of friends. At some point, during a visit or as a caregiver, there will be an outburst that seems to come from nowhere. The immediate resistance or confusion it can cause can be overwhelming, and the proper reaction is critical to prevent the situation from escalating. This aggressive and inappropriate behavior usually stems from the patient's inability to express and communicate common needs.
- 10 Tips For Talking to Someone with Alzheimer’s
The mental changes that accompany Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia can dramatically alter a person's capacity for communication. Here are ten tips to for talking with a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease.
- Another World: People With Alzheimer's Share Their Perspectives
For a person diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, feelings of chaos and confusion are commonplace. People living with Alzheimer's offer caregivers their perspective on what it's like to live with the disease.
- Canine Caregivers Change the Lives of Alzheimer’s Sufferers
Alzheimer's service dogs can be trained to assist their cognitively-impaired handlers with a variety of daily tasks, including: alerting them when a stove is left on or an appliance is plugged in, helping them identify their car in a crowded parking lot, or their house if they get lost.
- How To Tell Family That Mom or Dad has Alzheimer's Disease
Telling family that an elderly parent has Alzheimer's Disease is a hard discussion to have. Here are some tips that can help caregivers break the news.
- iPods Can Help People With Alzheimer's Remember
Doctors and researchers often recommend music therapy for people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia.
- Grandpa is Scary: How Kids Cope with Alzheimer's in Grandparents
Having a grandparent with Alzheimer's can be scary and confusing for children. Here's how to help them understand the changes because of Alzheimer’s or dementia to Grandma or Grandpa.
- Are people with Alzheimer's responsible for credit card debt?
A person with Alzheimer's disease is legally responsible for paying their credit card debt or other debt unless you can prove that they were not competent at the time they spent the money.
- When a Senior Can’t Remember the Story, Let Them Make It Up
Creative storytelling can help seniors when they start to lose their memory due to dementia. By giving seniors with dementia the opportunity to write new narratives, creative storytelling may help give back a bit of what the disease steals from them.
- AgingCare Teams with ABC News Dr. Richard Besser to Host Twitter Chat
AgingCare.com and ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser hosted a live Twitter chat devoted to Alzheimer's disease and caregiving.
- Caring for A Senior With Alzheimer's At Home
When caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease, each day brings unique challenges, changing abilities and new patterns of behavior. Incorporate these tips and strategies into your daily routine to facilitate caring for your loved one at home.
- Poetry Slam: Art, Alzheimer’s and Long-Distance Care Collide
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's who lives on the other side of the country can be physically, mentally, and emotionally draining. Caregiver and author Judy Prescott turned to poetry to find solace and community while caring for her mother.
- A National Plan to Overcome Alzheimer’s Disease
The 2012 National Alzheimer’s Plan Proposal is an action plan to research, prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease by 2025.
- Why Am I So Happy With My Alzheimer’s?
I'm experiencing some of the unexpectedly positive aspects of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
- Adult Day Care for People With Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia
Some adult day care centers specialize in caring for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, with dementia-tailored activities and staff who are specially trained in the disease.