Let’s face it. When a family member develops Alzheimer’s or Dementia, it affects the entire family in some way. Caring for a parent in their home or having them move into a family member’s home brings on a myriad of issues. Lots of adjustments must be made. Unfortunately, we sometimes forget about the most vulnerable and sensitive members of the family: the children. Youngsters see things through different eyes and conger up all sorts of misconceptions and fears. If you are dealing with Alzheimer’s home care, let us give you some direction for how to help kids understand Alzheimer’s. Don’t Pretend Everything Is The Same It’s important to spend time with children talking them through changes they are witnessing. Even in the early stages of the disease, explain what is going on in a language a child can grasp. If a loved one with Alzheimer’s has moved into a caregiver’s…> Read More
Watching the deterioration of a loved one with Alzheimer’s and trying to communicate with them can be heartbreaking. That once vibrant individual doesn’t seem to be the same person. The first and most important tip to know when speaking to your loved one is – they are still there inside. It doesn’t matter where they fall on the Alzheimer spectrum, communication is possible, and they are yearning for it. If you are struggling with Alzheimer’s home care in Toronto, let us give you some valuable tips for speaking to a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Have Patience This is one of the toughest communication skills to develop as you care for your loved one. Don’t try to finish their sentences. Wait for them to remember or find the right words. At the same time, don’t interrupt. Give them the time to complete their thought or request. Never Argue This is another…> Read More
That beautiful Barbra Streisand song from the movie The Way We Were has the poignant line “for it’s the laughter that we remember, whenever we remember the way we were.’’ This rings true for most everyone, and it includes those with Alzheimer’s disease. If you assist with Alzheimer’s care in Toronto, you know how important it is to evoke memories in those who are losing them little by little. Preserving those memories is a valuable tool to improve communication and provide a sense of belonging for our loved ones. In some cases it can help manage their behaviours and improve their sense of well-being. Start With Memory Triggers All our senses can open the door to lost and long-forgotten memories, especially for Alzheimer’s patients. Music triggers can bring out lovely memories from your loved one’s youth. Music is also a beneficial way to soothe a difficult senior. Certain aromas from…> Read More
The most common cause of Alzheimer’s disease is dementia. In a recent blog post we discussed at length the confusing difference between the the two. The cognitive impairment of Alzheimer’s disease progresses slowly once symptoms appear. The family and friends of a patient with Alzheimer’s are challenged as routine activities become more difficult with each passing day. This emotional roller coaster can be lonely, frightening and frustrating for caregivers. This sadly debilitating disease has some early signs and basically 3 stages. Although there are those who break the stages into 5 or 7 parts, we will deal with the 3 main stages. Before Symptoms Appear New imaging technologies can determine someone’s propensity for developing Alzheimer’s long before any symptoms appear. Protein deposits may be found in the brain, forewarning its development. Genetic tests and biomarkers can also indicate increased risk of the disease. These new discoveries may aid in finding…> Read More
How often do you find yourself driving in the car and a familiar song from your past comes on the radio? It evokes memories, most likely good memories, and you are instantly taken back to that time of your life. Music can do amazing things! Music can do the exact same thing, and even more, for Alzheimer’s patients. Music does not require any mental processing, and in fact, music appreciation and aptitude are the last two abilities that Alzheimer’s patients retain. For this reason, using music in Alzheimer’s care has countless benefits. Why Use Music in Alzheimer’s Care? The key brain areas associated with musical memories are not damaged in Alzheimer’s patients. Music can help evoke emotions and memories and improve communication. Researchers have concluded that caregivers can use music to positively address the cognitive and emotional symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s. The right kind of music can: Relieve stress…> Read More
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