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5 Simple reasons Alzheimer’s are happy

5 Simple reasons Alzheimer’s are happy

We’ve all heard the saying the simple things make us happy. This seems to even be more true with the elderly. They don’t care about how much clout a person has, the money in the back, the reputation, etc. What they know is: They are loved They are wanted They are protected They are care for They are safe What little things make your loved one happy?

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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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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Caregiving Monday: 10 Activities for sensory stimulation with dementia

Caregiving Monday: 10 Activities for sensory stimulation with dementia

Are you looking for ideas for sensory stimulation with your loved one that has dementia? If you’re not sure what I mean, sensory stimulation uses the five senses of sight, touch, hearing, taste and feel to hopefully evoke positive emotions. I’ve discussed numerous activities with music, but what are some others that can be completed? Hand massage or shoulder massage—these are always a big hit when we do them in the nursing facility where I work. {touch} Relaxation satchel—these don’t…

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