Browsed by
Month: December 2015

When Alzheimer’s Becomes Fixated

When Alzheimer’s Becomes Fixated

Recently I sat with a man that had Alzheimer’s.  One of the side effects of the disease that was a common occurrence was that he became fixated on things. So what do you do when your loved one becomes fixated? Try to divert attention Try to change the subject Change the location of scenery—such as another room Sing a song Read a story Discuss a memory May be tired and need to sleep As with all things with this disease,…

Read More Read More

Christmas and Alzheimer’s

Christmas and Alzheimer’s

I have one resident that says “Merry Christmas” every morning.  Christmas is a special time and no one wants to be alone for the holiday. However, we have to remember that the holiday can be overwhelming for those with Alzheimer’s. Just make it simple.  Don’t overwhelm your loved one. Carefully observe your loved one and if they are overwhelmed or tired, allow them the time to rest. Understand that while your celebration may not be over, the time may come…

Read More Read More

12 Christmas ideas for the elderly

12 Christmas ideas for the elderly

Often it is difficult to know what to buy senior adults for Christmas. Some suggestions include: Socks Clothing Night clothes Robe and slippers Lotion Baby powder Kleenex Stamps Calendar with family pictures Blankets or throws Gift certificate for grocery store or favorite restaurant Family pictures {frames, blanket, pillow, coffee mug, etc} Often the best gift is just time with those they love. What do you give your elderly loved one for Christmas?

How Alzheimer’s changes people

How Alzheimer’s changes people

Alzheimer’s changes people.  The person we love is slowly slipping away before us. Often people with Alzheimer’s will do or say things they may never have done before the disease. For example, I had one lady whom her family said never cussed before she had the disease.  However, she will begin cussing at various times now. Other times interest and taste may change over the course of the disease. Sadly, the person we knew and loved is slowly disappearing before…

Read More Read More

7 Reasons for Anger in Alzheimer’s

7 Reasons for Anger in Alzheimer’s

Sadly, anger is prevalent at times in those that suffer from Alzheimer’s. Sometimes this is due to their personality and life issues.  Often, this is because the person knows something is wrong, but can’t find the words to express what is wrong. Some reasons for the anger may include: Unable to find words to express him/herself Is bothered by something but can’t express what Knows something isn’t right but isn’t sure what Is confused Is frustrated Is irritated by limitations…

Read More Read More