Behaviors

LIVING IN THE MOMENT

A moment in time is brief and very specific. It may only be a matter of seconds or minutes. Perhaps it’s a moment when you remember a childhood secret or the moment when the love of your life slipped your wedding band onto your finger. A moment when you see a beautiful fall tree that…

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FULL CIRCLE OF LIFE

This is a beautiful piece that was sent to me on my personal FaceBook.  It is applicable to all of us and I felt the need to share it with you in my blog (credits below).  Beautiful words of wisdom……… and so appropriate for Mother’ Day, May 11, 2014.   “My dear girl, the day…

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Enhancing Communication Skills

Many of the challenging behaviors we see in Alzheimer’s and dementia patients are related to lack of proper communications skills on the part of the caregiver. Now, don’t misunderstand me, I am not trying to make the caregiver the “bad guy.” Caregivers have much on their minds and are usually very tired and stressed, so…

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THEIR TRUTH !

What is truth?  Should we look at the world through rose colored glasses and be positive or to be more precise and realistic?  Or is it more important to view the world as right or wrong; “black and white” or are the shades of gray where we need to be? Perspective is critical.  If you…

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THE DAY WE COULD NO LONGER PRETEND

SHOCK ~ DISBELIEF ~ DENIAL ~ FEAR ~ ANGER ~ SPEECHLESS ~ FLABBERGASTED These are the responses loved ones and patients feel when they hear the dreaded words.  “You have Alzheimer’s disease.” Not one of us ever wants to hear these words, yet thousands & thousands of people hear this phrase each year. “And so…

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CAREGIVERS – TAKING A BACK SEAT

I’m sure you can think of many times when you have been put in a position where you felt you had been relegated to the “back seat” ~ “the end of the line” ~ “playing second fiddle.”  We find ourselves in circumstances, that we have no control over, that place us in positions that we…

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ADLs – What are they?

Activities of Daily Living ~~ These are the tasks that we all take for granted each day of our lives. They are the things that allow us to live successfully within the family structure. Things that we learned as children that enabled us to become independent and proud of who we were. As individuals’ progresses…

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Repetitive Speech & Behaviors

Mom keeps asking me the same question over and over……Dad tells us a hundred times a day he needs to go to work (he’s been retired for 20 years)…..Dad insists on taking the car to the garage (we sold his car 3 years ago)…Mom thinks she has to cook a huge meal for our family…

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