Caregivers

HOARDING: Keep…Donate…Dump

Hoarding is or may become an issue for some individuals with dementia. It’s one of those behaviors where “some will…some may…some won’t” experience the behavior. Hoarding is characterized by self-neglect, domestic squalor, isolation, indifference to life in general and serious safety issues. It is the excessive accumulation of “things” that are perceived to be important…

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The Dilemma of Holidays

Easter ~ Mother’s Day ~ Memorial Day ~ Father’s Day ~ Birthdays ~ Anniversaries…….  And then there’s Ramadan, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah… And the list goes on. What do we do about Mum or Nana or Uncle Bill on holidays? There’s no simple answer to this question. Families must look at…

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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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FUN ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY !

What does your Mom (or Dad) still like to do?  You may or may not know the answer to this question.  What did she used to like to do? Putting a list together, that is readily available, will help you at different times when you need to distract your loved one. You may need to…

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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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FUN AND GAMES!

Many caregivers are so caught up in the stress of daily life and the care of their loved one, that they forget that their Mom or Dad can still have fun with them. Alzheimer’s patients are still capable of laughing and thoroughly enjoying themselves if it is the right atmosphere.  When playing a game or…

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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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