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Month: April 2016

Alzheimer’s is not dumb

Alzheimer’s is not dumb

Working with Alzheimer and dementia patients, I often witness family and/or staff talking about a person right in front of them. Things will be said that are demeaning or degrading to the person. Often the attitude is that because the person has Alzheimer’s or dementia, then s/he does not understand what is being said about them. I’ve discovered through observing my residents that this is not often the case. Yes, there are times when they may not understand.  However, more…

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8 Simple Activities for Alzheimer’s

8 Simple Activities for Alzheimer’s

Even simple things are enjoyable for someone with Alzheimer’s. Often they can do these and there is not a lot of stress or expectation in these activities. This can include: Singing a song Clapping hands Playing with a baby doll Having an ice cream cone Enjoying a hand or shoulder massage Having a special treat A visit from a loved one Time with a child or pet While this may seem very simple for us, for a person with Alzheimer’s…

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9 Tips for Hiring caregivers

9 Tips for Hiring caregivers

Hiring good caregivers can be a challenge. A few things you can do is: Make a list of what is needed and expected Interview the candidate Determine if the person will be a good fit with your loved one Know what you can afford to pay Determine other responsibilities person has outside of work Check background and references Make sure can work hours needed Check for any possible irritants {such as smoking, etc} Go with your gut What questions do…

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13 Ways to Reduce Stress

13 Ways to Reduce Stress

Last week, I discussed the stresses of caregiving and how it can affect your health. So what are some ways you can reduce stress? Take time for yourself Make list of what needs to be done Prioritize Be willing to say “no” Ask for help and then accept the help Stay physically active Keep a sense of humor Research caregiving resources in your community Don’t feel guilty Don’t try to be “perfect” Join a support group Make time for family…

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