When Your Loved One Has Dementia: A Simple Guide for Caregivers

When Your Loved One Has Dementia: A Simple Guide for Caregivers

Language: English

Pages: 152

ISBN: 0801881145

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

When Your Loved One Has Dementia: A Simple Guide for Caregivers

Language: English

Pages: 152

ISBN: 0801881145

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Eighty percent of persons with dementia live at home, and the family members caring for them are often overwhelmed by the enormous responsibility and the complexities of care. This book is designed to support the caregivers and help them understand the needs and feelings of the person for whom they are caring. A central focus is the goal of sustaining a loving family relationship between the caregiver and the patient.

Developed from a training program for professionals and family caregivers, this book teaches the basics of dementia care while emphasizing communication, understanding and acceptance, and personal growth through the caregiving experience. The result is a guide that integrates the practicalities of caregiving with the human emotions that accompany it.

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and sticks to him “like glue” when they are there. Harvey looks forward to these visits but cannot enjoy them when his wife stays so close. The problem is that Harvey’s wife is uncomfortable around men other than her husband. Approaches Harvey could use: Once he figures out that it is specifically men who bother his wife, Harvey is prepared for it and handles it better. He gets his daughter to come by occasionally, she takes his wife into another room, and Harvey then slips out to visit with

are easier to manage than others, because they are something real and concrete which you can usually modify to some extent for comfort. When Does the Problem Occur? Patients have more behavior problems when they are tired. Therefore, they tend to have fewer problems in the morning and more later in the day. This tendency to have problems late in the day is called sundowning. Sundowning is usually expressed as anxiety, restlessness, or refusal to do anything. It is also common for a person

connections ahead of time (make sure you can get home from transfer points or your destination quickly if necessary) If your partner is only mildly impaired, a cruise may be a good choice because you can stay in one place once you get there. Be sure to purchase trip insurance in case you must cancel or leave the trip partway through. Involve Your Partner in the Flow of Daily Life To help your partner use remaining memory skills, involve him or her in the flow of daily life. Unless your

reengage. To reorient someone to a task when he or she appears to be losing interest or to have forgotten what he or she is doing. A person with dementia requires this assistance due to the short attention span. residential care facility. A small long-term care community (also called a “board and care”) usually regulated by a state’s Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing division. It is nonmedical and is not required to have nurses or a resident physician. It tends to be ten

Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR), is a good source of information on finding reputable clinics, among other things (phone: 800-438-4300). Perspectives: A Newsletter for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease (phone: 858-622-5800). Index acetylcholine, 15, 121 Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), 81, 121 body mechanics, 60–68 difficulty with, 8, 27–28, 44, 49, 71 Instrumental, 8, 104–110, 124 managing, 38–42, 44–45, 53, 81, 88, 102–103 safety for,

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