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Month: January 2016

7 Ways to Calm Agitation in Alzheimer’s

7 Ways to Calm Agitation in Alzheimer’s

I shared recently about how Alzheimer’s patients can become fixated on various things. Alzheimer’s patients can easily become agitated. So what do you do when nothing works to redirect your loved ones? Use a lot of patience Try a change of scenery {go to another room or outside} Continue to keep trying to redirect and divert attention See if softly singing or playing a CD will help Walk out of the room and see if being left alone helps {sometimes…

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Ways to Volunteer at a nursing home

Ways to Volunteer at a nursing home

    Are you looking for a way to volunteer? Sadly, senior adults are often over looked when it comes to the volunteer pool. Working in a skilled nursing facility I can assure you we are in great needs for volunteers. Some ways you can help are: Performance {music, dance, etc} Present a class on a hobby or interest Help with special events Offer to help with regular activities {Bingo, various games, etc} Read to residents Help residents write a…

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Dealing with Hallucinations in Alzheimer’s

Dealing with Hallucinations in Alzheimer’s

I had one lady that often saw people were not there.  There were times when she would have conversations with them for hours on end. Often these conversations were very informative and entertaining. Hallucinations are common for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. There are a variety of reasons but the most common are the interaction of medicines and the disease. However, I’ve also spent enough time with Alzheimer’s patients that I believe they often see things we can’t see.  For…

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Loss of independence in Old Age

Loss of independence in Old Age

“Growing old isn’t for sissies,” was a common phrase Papa said.  I’ve also heard this from others. Growing into old age is never easy. The common struggle I’ve seen is the loss of independence. This means: Giving up driving Unable to live alone Unable to handle finances Often a change in living arrangements Loss of cooking privileges Loss of other privileges or interest Five years ago, GG quit driving, but she still talks about how much she misses it. We…

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