activities

Activities are the “things that we do,” like getting dressed, doing chores, playing cards – even paying bills. They can be active or passive, done alone or with others. Activities represent who we are and what we’re about. A person with dementia needs assistance from a caregiver to organize the day. These planned activities can…

helping a family cope

  The following are tips and things one can do to in helping a family cop with an aging crisis.  In particular, helping a family cope with a recent diagnosis and dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia support. 1 Stay in touch – show you care a card, a call or a visit all mean a…

alzheimer's

Physical appearance contributes to a person’s sense of self-esteem. For the person with alzheimer’s or dementia, choosing and putting on clothes can be frustrating. The person may not remember how to dress or may be overwhelmed with the choices or the task itself. There are many reasons why the person with Alzheimer’s might have difficulty…

stages of alzheimer

Some people tend to ask, “what are the stages of Alzheimer’s?” or “where can you find options for this illness?” Alzheimer’s is an ongoing, growing disease that with age can affect many seniors in different ways. Experts have come up with a way to explain the changes in a person’s abilities and functions by forming…

wandering behavior

Those with Alzheimer’s or Dementia are at greater risk for dangerous wandering behavior. Alzheimer’s disease causes millions of Americans to lose their ability to recognize familiar places and faces. Six in 10 people with Alzheimer’s disease will wander. Many people cannot even remember their name or address. They may become disoriented and lost, even in…

Planning Ahead For Long Term Care Expenses Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can be taxing and physically exhausting. There will likely come a time when you will need to turn to outside help. This is called long-term care, and it can range from in-home assistance to skilled care in a residential facility. Although critically…

dementia

Having dementia does not mean that it’s necessary to stop participating in meaningful activities such as travel; it just requires planning to ensure safety, comfort and enjoyment for everyone. Whether taking a short trip to see friends and family or traveling a far distance for vacation, it’s important to weigh the costs and benefits of…

medicine

There is no medication to prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease, but a number of drugs and medicine are used to treat Alzheimer symptoms. Physicians may also prescribe drugs to manage delusions and hallucinations, depression, agitation or sleeplessness. Although these medications can help manage symptoms, they can also produce side effects such as agitation, dry mouth,…

safety

Providing for safety is an important job for caregivers. A safe environment can help prevent injuries, and it can help the person with dementia feel relaxed and less overwhelmed. To enhance safety, assess the environment for hazards. Try to see the world through the eyes of a person who has Alzheimer’s and adapt the environment…

medic alert

The Alzheimer’s Association and MedicAlert have formed an alliance to improve the safety of individuals with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® is a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia that wander or who have a medical emergency. How MedicAlert + Safe Return works…