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Month: May 2016

The Sad Cycle of Alzheimer’s

The Sad Cycle of Alzheimer’s

  Alzheimer’s is a sad disease.  We slowly watch our loved one die. I’ve heard the saying “mourning your loved one now, to mourn all over again.” This is true, we are mourning the loss of who our loved one was with the loss of abilities and interest now. However, when s/he passes we will mourn them all over again. This is why it is importance to raise Alzheimer’s awareness and find a cure.

Understanding When An Action is Important

Understanding When An Action is Important

I often notice while working with the elderly, especially Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, that some stories are repeated over and over.  There have been times I’ve heard the stories so much that I feel that I can tell the story. However, I also learn more about the person while listening to the story.  Sometimes through the retelling I can glean nuggets of insight about the person’s life. However, I recently had a conversation with another worker that got me to…

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12 Ways to relieve stress and anxiety

12 Ways to relieve stress and anxiety

The day has been stressful and you find that you are anxious.  Your loved one has been demanding today and you need to unwind. Some ways to relieve stress and anxiety include: Bubble bath Take a walk Exercise or dance Read a book Find a quiet place to sit, listen to the birds and sip a cup of tea or coffee Deep breathing techniques Journal Talk to a friend Use scents that are soothing, such as lavender, with candles or…

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7 Tips for Planning Activities for Alzheimer’s

7 Tips for Planning Activities for Alzheimer’s

Working with Alzheimer’s patients, I am often challenged.  How do I find activities that are enjoyable and engaging for my residents? Some tips to keep in mind are: Focus on the enjoyment of the activity and not the results. I had one lady that would play checkers with me.  This mainly meant moving the pieces around the board.  We made up the rules as we went along.  Yet, she was enjoying herself so that’s all that mattered. Be aware of…

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Importance of Caregiving Support groups

Importance of Caregiving Support groups

Caregiving can be a very lonely task.  After all you spend hours or days with the person being cared for. During this time family, friends and co-workers may not understand all of the strain and frustration you feel. These groups are important because they provide an outlet of discussion with other likeminded individuals.  These individuals are experiencing the same concerns and struggles and need to vent or talk through their problems.  However, there are groups where you can find support….

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