Dementia Caregiver Guide
A dementia caregiver's guide can help you handle the emotional, mental and physical challenges of caring for an elderly patient. Find out how to get support, advice and guidance through AgingCare's articles, experts and caregiver community.
Articles About Dementia Caregiver Guide
- 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.
- You Never Know What a Dementia Patient Will Do Next
You never know what a dementia patient is going to come up with. Charlie's latest habit is as perplexing as it is frustrating.
- The Outdoorsman Has Had His Wings Clipped
The combination of Charlie's war injuries and dementia mean he can't explore the outdoors like he used to, but there are ways he's been able to maintain his connection with the wildlife in out community.
- Dementia: A Brain Made of Swiss Cheese
What a terrible condition dementia is. It takes the brain of a bright, loving, proud, communicative individual and turns him or her into an infant.
- A Playful Approach to Dementia
Discover why increasing numbers of elder care experts are advocating for a more playful, holistic approach to dementia care.
- Talking with a Dementia Patient Can be Frustrating
Sometimes I get so frustrated trying to talk with Charlie that I end up ignoring him and reading a book. I don't want to hurt him, but there comes a point when I just can't take it anymore.
- You Are Your Loved One's Voice
As dementia advances there will be challenges along the journey. It is your responsibility to contribute to a plan and follow up with the facility to ensure the plan is being carried out. You are your loved one's voice, don't be afraid to use it.
- 5 Ways to Manage Dementia-Related Hallucinations
Dementia-Related Hallucinations are real to the person suffering, but frustrating for the caregiver. 5 ways to manage dementia-related hallucinations.
- Glen Campbell Lawsuit Highlights POA and Alzheimer’s
A lawsuit brought against legendary singer Glen Campbell, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, highlights the serious responsibilities that develop when we delegate authority with a POA.
- Caregiving is All about Love
I don’t resent Charlie for his lack of empathy. It’s just one more thing I have to face as a dementia caregiver. When he isn’t himself I just try to remember the man he used to be, the man I fell in love with.
- Old Memories Last the Longest
Charlie's memories of flying in WWII are still fresh for him, yet he can't remember who his grandson is. When someone has dementia, their oldest memories often last the longest.
- Memory Care Tricks from an Unlikely Literary Source
I recently found a few interesting memory care tricks from an unlikely literary source: "And The Mountains Echoed," by Khaled Hosseini.
- Dementia is a Scourge
Charlie used to be a gadget guru, capable of fixing anything. Now, because of his dementia, I have to explain to him how to turn off the TV every night.
- Caregiving Tips from the ‘Horse Whisperer of Dementia’
Five dementia caregiving tips from Teepa Snow, acclaimed dementia care authority and the newest AgingCare.com Expert.
- Both of my parents have dementia. How can I handle their outbursts?
When both elderly parents have dementia it's a very difficult situation. Seek your doctor's advice to find out about new medication that might control their agitation and verbally abusive behavior.
- How “Role Reversal” or Other Catch Phrases Skew Your Thoughts
Even if you are "parenting your parent," you must remember that they are still your elders. This can be frustrating for both parties, but try to honor their role and yours as you shift into this role as caregiver.