When your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, you may be nervous about the future. As this is a form of dementia that doesn't have a cure, the goal is to provide treatment and care that helps ease the symptoms of your loved one and gives them a sense of safety. Early signs of dementia can include forgetfulness, trouble cooking, fear of staying home alone, or even difficulty remembering basic tasks that used to be easy.
9 March 2017
Wandering is a very real risk for those suffering from Alzheimer's, affecting 3 out of 5 patients. When disoriented, Alzheimer patients are at risk of wandering around aimlessly, and those who are not found after 24 hours are likely to suffer serious injuries or even death. If you don't have the resources to provide the constant care and supervision that is needed for a relative with Alzheimer's, consider signing them into a memory care facility.
19 July 2016
It is not abnormal for a person's appetite to decrease as they age. There are numerous factors that can cause an elderly individual to eat less, many of which should be expected as the years advance. However, when an older person begins to reduce their food consumption to the point where it causes negative health effects, it is time for caregivers and loved ones to intervene. Below are a few ideas that can help an elderly person increase their appetite:
18 April 2016
If you have an elderly family member who lives in a convalescent home, your visit will probably be very important to him or her! Although most nursing homes have a variety of social opportunities and dedicated staff members who fill in as a surrogate family, nothing beats a visit from much-loved family or friends. When you go to visit your relative, you might wish to bring some comforts of home or other small gifts.
29 December 2015
As Alzheimer's Disease affects cognitive thinking, memory and behavior, it can have a devastating effect on all those involved. If your loved one suffers from this most common form of dementia, there are measures you can take to help improve his or her quality of life, while strengthening your bond and connection. Whether in the early or progressive stages, help keep the Alzheimer's care patient mentally sharp with the following activities and memory-enhancing routines.
20 October 2015
If you've ever had a serious medical procedure performed on you, then you know that your recovery doesn't end when you leave the hospital. Often, significant physical issues remain that require short-term rehabilitation programs and other healing support. They also require significant alterations to your lifestyle and mindset. The combination of these factors often makes it difficult for patients to maintain mental toughness during the healing process--resulting in disrupted thinking, decreased mood, and an inability to relate to friends and family.
16 July 2015