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Month: June 2015

Caregiving Monday: The Power of Music

Caregiving Monday: The Power of Music

Time and time again I’m amazed at the power of music.   I’ve shared many times how I believe this is the universal language and that still rings true. So why do I believe this? Well, let’s visit the Alzheimer’s unit and take a look: Resident #1 has terrible flashbacks from a traumatic event as a child.  Talking only agitates her more in these moments.  However, as soon as I begin to sing she calms down.  Before the end of the…

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Caregiving Monday: Reasoning with Alzheimer’s

Caregiving Monday: Reasoning with Alzheimer’s

For a while, GG had hallucinations, until her medicines were changed.  We tried to explain to her that although we believed her, we could not see the children she saw.  She would look at us like we’d lost our minds.  In time, we discovered sometimes the best thing was to go along and talk with the children and tell them to leave.  This seemed to suit her much better. Alzheimer’s is a very difficult disease on everyone involved.  Hallucinations, past…

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Alzheimer’s Awareness

Alzheimer’s Awareness

  Sunday is the longest day of the year and the Alzheimer’s association is asking that everyone wear purple to raise the awareness of Alzheimer’s. Have you taken the pledge to raise Alzheimer’s awareness? How has Alzheimer’s effected your life? How do you raise Alzheimer’s awareness?

Caregiving Monday: Celebrating 100 Years

Caregiving Monday: Celebrating 100 Years

Living 100 years is a major accomplishment.   The history, heartache and joys that have been experienced during this time are numerous.   I love to talk with those that have made reached this milestone {and those nearing it by 10-20 years}.  There is so much history and life lessons that can be learned.  If you know anyone close to such a monumental celebration, I encourage you to take the time to record a living history {record their memories and…

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Caregiving Monday: Dealing with Trauma

Caregiving Monday: Dealing with Trauma

    Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease and there are times when traumatic moments and horrific memories return to traumatize the patient. So what are some ways to calm the patient?   Redirect the patient and see if you can get their mind on something else Allow the patient to speak about the incident—some need to express their feelings and what was experienced in a safe and loving environment. Never judge or push for information, but allow the patient to…

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Caregiving Monday: It’s Not Personal

Caregiving Monday: It’s Not Personal

When dealing with Dementia/Alzheimer’s patients we get a variety of responses. One moment the resident may be the sweetest and calmest person, and a moment later s/he may be cussing you out. This is not personal.  This is not a personal attack on the second party in any way. The important thing to remember is this is the disease. So how do you respond? First and foremost, with love—stay calm and answer in a calm, loving manner Step away if…

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