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How True

I found this in my local newspaper and thought I would share w/everyone. A POEM FROM AN ALZHEIMER PATIENT TO HIS LOVED ONES DO NOT ASK ME TO REMEMBER. DON'T TRY TO MAKE ME UNDERSTAND. LET ME REST AND KNOW YOU'RE WITH ME. KISS MY CHEEK AND HOLD MY HAND. I'M SO CONFUSED BEYOND YOUR […]

Sundowning

It's that magical time of day when the body snatchers come and take away our loved ones and leave the EVIL TWIN!  I have a little trick that circumvents the body snatchers!  TURN ON EVERY LIGHT IN THE HOUSE!  I have to do this if the clouds roll in, too!  I even have my Mom […]

Dealing with the Diagnosis

Finding out that a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease can be stressful, frightening, and overwhelming. As you begin to take stock of the situation, here are some tips that may help:

Choosing a Nursing Home

For many caregivers, there comes a point when they are no longer able to take care of their loved one at home. Choosing a residential care facility—a nursing home or an assisted living facility—is a big decision, and it can be hard to know where to start.

Visiting a Person with AD

Visitors are important to people with AD. They may not always remember who the visitors are, but just the human connection has value. Here are some ideas to share with someone who is planning to visit a person with AD.

Coping with Holidays

Holidays are bittersweet for many AD caregivers. The happy memories of the past contrast with the difficulties of the present, and extra demands on time and energy can seem overwhelming. Finding a balance between rest and activity can help.

Visiting the Doctor

It is important that the person with AD receive regular medical care. Advance planning can help the trip to the doctor’s office go more smoothly.

Driving

Making the decision that a person with AD is no longer safe to drive is difficult, and it needs to be communicated carefully and sensitively. Even though the person may be upset by the loss of independence, safety must be the priority.

Home Safety

Caregivers of people with AD often have to look at their homes through new eyes to identify and correct safety risks. Creating a safe environment can prevent many stressful and dangerous situations. The ADEAR Center offers the booklet, Home Safety for People with Alzheimer’s Disease, which lists many helpful tips. See page 20 for information […]

Wandering

Keeping the person safe is one of the most important aspects of caregiving. Some people with AD have a tendency to wander away from their home or their caregiver. Knowing what to do to limit wandering can protect a person from becoming lost.

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