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How to Respond Safely to Dementia Aggression Using the 6 R’s

Of the many challenging behaviors common in Alzheimer’s, dementia aggression is probably the most difficult to manage. A senior loved one who has always been mild-mannered can abruptly lash out in outbursts that are truly intimidating: hitting, cursing, kicking, yelling, biting, or throwing objects. How can you, as a family caregiver, safely help restore a feeling […]


Alzheimer’s Sleep Problems and How to Help

If it looks like a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s has entirely rewritten the rules on how and when to sleep, you are not dreaming. For reasons that are not yet fully understood, Alzheimer’s sleep issues are not uncommon and arise from changes to an individual’s circadian rhythm, resulting in sleepless nights and drowsy days.  […]


Alzheimer’s and Sexual Behavior: Appropriate Caregiver Responses to Inappropriate Behavior

Alzheimer’s disease transforms a person’s behavior and personality. As the disease progresses, people with Alzheimer’s increasingly communicate through behavior instead of speech and their inhibitions can become reduced. In some cases, it can even bring about inappropriate sexual behaviors such as: Making sexual advances to others Undressing or touching themselves in public Using vulgar or […]


How to Discuss a Potential Dementia Diagnosis with a Doctor

Shame. Embarrassment. Fear. The feelings surrounding a potential dementia diagnosis may cause older adults to keep their suspicions to themselves. A newly released AARP survey peeled away a few of the layers of emotion to get to the reason – namely, worry over losing independence and becoming a concern to others. While there is some […]


Signs of Dysphagia in Older Adults

On a hot summer day, there is nothing more satisfying than a tall, cold drink, but for a person with dysphagia, this simple pleasure can be downright dangerous. Dysphagia – or difficulty with swallowing – impacts millions of seniors, as a result of weakened mouth and/or throat muscles. Cancer, Alzheimer’s, MS and stroke are typical […]


What Does It Mean when Lucidity Returns at the End Stages of Dementia?

Even as confusion and memory loss escalate throughout the end stages of dementia, there’s an interesting and welcome reprieve that frequently occurs. Formerly coined “terminal lucidity,” it’s more frequently now known as “paradoxical lucidity.” It signifies a sudden, short-term regaining of clarity to a nearly pre-dementia frame of mind. During this period, the effects can […]


Entertaining Activity Ideas for Seniors with Low Vision and Alzheimer’s

Finding activities that are fun and engaging for a family member with Alzheimer’s can be a challenge. Add in vision impairment, and it might seem extremely daunting. Even so, it is very important to ensure every day holds possibilities for purpose, joy, and meaning – decreasing the level of agitation, frustration, and other challenging behaviors […]


Latest News on Alzheimer’s Research: Milestones Reached This Past Year

With so much negative news in the forefront of 2020, it is worth reflecting on several of the remarkable achievements the year brought – such as the latest news on Alzheimer’s research. Katie McDonough, director of programs and services for the Alzheimer’s Association, shares, “There are many things that we’re learning and it’s an exciting […]


Getting Started in a New Caregiving Role

It might have come totally out of the blue: an unexpected fall that resulted in a broken hip and the requirement for Dad to have assistance to stay at home. Or, it may have been building up over time, such as through the incremental and slow progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Whatever the circumstances, you’ve now […]


Shadowing Behaviors and What They Really Mean for Seniors with Dementia

Primary caregivers for a loved one with Alzheimer’s are typically acquainted with the difficulty experienced in trying to take a quiet minute or two alone – to use the bathroom, get a brief shower, or even walk into another room. Those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can experience enhanced fear when a loved one is out of […]


Create a Memory Book for Seniors with Dementia

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss Memories are what bind together our past with who we are today; and for a senior with dementia, confusion around these memories can have a profound impact. One of our goals in taking care of seniors with […]


Is It Senior Forgetfulness – or Dementia?

You entirely forgot about the doctor’s appointment scheduled for last Tuesday, misplaced your reading glasses for the umpteenth time, and can’t remember the name of the new neighbor for the life of you. Is all of this simply an ordinary part of growing older, or could it be the beginning of Alzheimer’s disease or another […]