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Month: February 2016

10 Memory Stimulating exercises

10 Memory Stimulating exercises

Stimulating the mind and memory are great tools for dementia and Alzheimer’s patient.  Even in the most advanced stages they can do simple task. The interest and ability of each person is different, however some suggestions are: Checkers Tic tac toe Cards—Uno, Old Maid, etc. Puzzles—even if it is the simple 10 piece puzzle Word Search Puzzles Fill in the Blanks—we will take a familiar hymn, song or piece of scripture and remove 1-2 words to allow the patient to…

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7 Ways to Help Alzheimer’s when have Trouble expressing self

7 Ways to Help Alzheimer’s when have Trouble expressing self

Many people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia have a difficult time expressing themselves. Often they cannot find the work or get the word to roll off of their tongue, although they long to. Some ways in which to combat this are: Teach sign language for simple words {drink, eat, bathroom, etc.} Have picture cards for the person to point to {food, bed, family, shower, etc.} Watch non-verbal cues such as facial expressions, posture, gestures, clenched hands, etc. Understand a native language…

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Interruptions in daily routine

Interruptions in daily routine

Many people enjoy their routine, whether they are children, adults or the elderly. Sometimes interrupting a daily routine can be confusing for the elderly.  This is especially true with dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. This can lead to increased agitation and confusion. Make a note of when there is increased agitation and confusion.  Are there interruptions that brought this about? How do you deal with interruptions to your routine?

The importance of Fellowship and Outings in the Elderly

The importance of Fellowship and Outings in the Elderly

We all need fellowship with our friends and peers. I’ve met some families that long to constantly take family members out.  I’ve met other family members that refuse to take their family members out, although it is enjoyable for that person. There are instances when it is not possible to have outings, such as if the person is bed bound. However, short outings are encouraged for the elderly. Doing so gets them out and about and allows them to interrupt…

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The Elderly Need a Lot of Sleep

The Elderly Need a Lot of Sleep

Working with the elderly, I’ve discovered one thing.  They all need a lot of sleep. The amount of sleep is different for each person. There is no set age when this sets in. There are numerous factors that play into these factors, such as effects of medicine diseases they have been diagnosed with {Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, etc} activity level age the more activity wears them out the more rest they usually need {for example if just getting in and out of…

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