Alzheimer’s Disease – Points to Ponder

affordable home care assisted home care at home caregivers care for older people companion home care elder care in Minnesota home care services for seniors home help for the elderly in home care MinneapolisRight at Home, a company offering home care in Minnesota, provides ongoing training for our caregivers about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.  After one of these trainings, I compiled the following list of “points to ponder” to help those who are taking care of elderly parents with dementia.  These points are what I know to be true about the management of Alzheimer’s disease.  Of course, this is not an all-inclusive list.

 

Humor is a good coping mechanism.

Just because someone looks good, doesn’t mean they don’t have memory loss.

A supportive community is good.

Loss of independence is difficult.

Life is in the moment.

Calm caregivers = calm clients.

A person’s perceptions, even if they are inaccurate, are that person’s reality.

Even people with Alzheimer’s disease need to be touched.

Family caregivers get overwhelmed.

It is possible to have quality of life even when you can’t remember it.

People with Alzheimer’s do not lose their memory for music.

People with Alzheimer’s disease are still people.

When people with dementia exhibit behaviors that are not acceptable, there is a reason behind the behavior.

Alzheimer’s disease never gets better; it always gets worse.

People with Alzheimer’s do not lose their intelligence.

The land of Alzheimer’s disease is a new frontier every day.

Keep trying until you find what works and then do that.

The disease of Alzheimer’s robs families of their loved ones.

Caregivers who are creative problem solvers work well with people who have Alzheimer’s.

The tone of your voice is important.

Patience is a virtue.

Families with members who have Alzheimer’s disease are families living with loss.

Good solutions to caring for those with Alzheimer’s are not always black and white—there are lots of gray areas!


We’d love to hear from you about what you know to be true from your experience with the management of this disease!

Julie Ellingson, LSW

October 24, 2013

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