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Five Alternative Ways to “Talk” With Someone Living with Dementia | Alzheimer's Reading Room

Five Alternative Ways to “Talk” With Someone Living with Dementia | Alzheimer's Reading Room | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
For many caregivers, one of the most frustrating challenges they face occurs when they try to have a meaningful conversation with someone living with Dementia.

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Bob DeMarco's curator insight, October 20, 2013 8:28 PM

The Alzheimer's Reading Room is the number one source of Alzheimers care and information on dementia care, health, memory loss, and treatment for the entireAlzheimer's and Dementia community worldwide. The goal of the Alzheimer's Reading Room is to Educate and Empower.

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Who Gets Dementia, What Causes Dementia, What are the Symptoms of Dementia, How is Dementia diagnosed, What are the treatments for Dementia?

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My Mom Fooled the Doctor about her Memory--How does that happen?

My Mom Fooled the Doctor about her Memory--How does that happen? | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
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Sandy Whelan, ADC, QDCS's curator insight, April 25, 2015 7:13 PM

It's not so difficult to fool someone if you are just asking general questions or talking about memories of the past. But do you know how to spot the signs?  How many times does your loved one give you a roundabout answer when you have asked a question? Or have they said things like I don't really keep up with the news? 

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Lack of Organizational Skills comes with Alzheimer's - Alzheimers Support

Lack of Organizational Skills comes with Alzheimer's - Alzheimers Support | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Organization is not easy work for the person who has dementia, especially concerning money, clothes, time, or even how to take a shower.
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Empathy not Sympathy

Empathy not Sympathy | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it

Peter Kinderman, President of the British Psychological Society, calls for more empathy in mental health care

 

We recognise that, like us, other humans have insecurities and ambitions; we fall in love and have relationships that end in heartbreak; we worry about our children’s wellbeing; we say things we regret; we’re occasionally kept awake by fears or worries; and we try to impress people we look up to. We see things in others that we see in ourselves, and that binds us together. But what happens when we no longer see a specific group as human?”

This is powerfully true of our attitudes to migrants, but – as Owen points out – it’s equally true for our attitudes to other vulnerable people; “in Britain, benefit claimants have long been subjected to relentless demonization … Injustice becomes less tolerable if the victims are human beings rather than cockroaches.”

 

I can only praise and echo this… and wish I could write so well. Empathy, not just sympathy, is key to compassionate care.


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Great Article! This is exactly what the folks who have Alzheimer's dementia need. They don't need  sympathy, but can always use a little empathy from caregivers and others who offer help.

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Healthy Aging Has Never Been Sweeter 

Healthy Aging Has Never Been Sweeter  | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it

Honey is good for sure.!  Peanut butter and crackers with honey is even better~ Thanks for the reminder of honey!

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What is Sundowning for the Person with Alzheimer's? - Alzheimers Support

What is Sundowning for the Person with Alzheimer's? - Alzheimers Support | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
What is sundowning and why does it leave you exhausted the next day?
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I was surprised when I first read this article a few years ago. It was more than amazing to me that I had used this method of pain relief on myself and taught my children to calm fragile nerves or slight pains exactly in this way. Now, I understand more about why it works.

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Is Cure for Alzheimer's a Computer for the Brain - Alzheimers Support

Is Cure for Alzheimer's a Computer for the Brain - Alzheimers Support | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Is a cure for Alzheimer's a Computer for the brain? Will a Memory Maker be as common as a Pacemaker?
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Fidget Quilt for dementia, will it help your loved one - Alzheimers Support

Fidget Quilt for dementia, will it help your loved one - Alzheimers Support | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Does your loved one with dementia have a Fidget quilt or other toys?
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The Fidget quilt can do more than entertain. When someone with Alzheimer's dementia is actively "working," whether it be a game or tool, they are using their brain. I look at it kinda of like exercise for the body. It's exercise for the brain. Has to be a good thing! 

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Shrewd Foods and Good Health: Pioneer Woman

Shrewd Foods and Good Health: Pioneer Woman | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it

All the reasons I love watching and reading about the Pioneer Woman!

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Is Cure for Alzheimer's a Computer for the Brain - Alzheimers Support

Is Cure for Alzheimer's a Computer for the Brain - Alzheimers Support | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Is a cure for Alzheimer's a Computer for the brain? Will a Memory Maker be as common as a Pacemaker?
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Fish Aquarium Tanks and Alzheimer's dementia - Alzheimers Support

Fish Aquarium Tanks and Alzheimer's dementia - Alzheimers Support | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Home aquariums and Fish tanks offer a soothing force when someone is very upset or angry, especially due to Alzheimer's and dementia.
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What's Truth for the Person with Dementia? The Antique Waterfall - Alzheimers Support

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What is Truth for the Person with Dementia?

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Are You Taking Medication at the Right Time of Day? - Alzheimers Support

Are You Taking Medication at the Right Time of Day? - Alzheimers Support | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Are you taking medication at the right time of day, as prescribed?
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Does it really matter what time you take meds? It might, and it might make a big difference in their effectiveness too.

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Lewy Body Dementia - Information and Guidance

Lewy Body Dementia - Information and Guidance | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
At UK Care Guide we have produced a useful page with information and guidance on identifying and supporting Lewy Body Dementia
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An interest page for more information regarding Lew Body Dementia.

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Exercise is Good for You Physically and Emotionally - Alzheimers Support

Exercise is Good for You Physically and Emotionally - Alzheimers Support | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Exercise is good for you physically and emotionally
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Exercise builds muscles so you breathe easier. You feel better and smile more often. Do it! Smile!

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How To Make Your Own Almond Milk

How To Make Your Own Almond Milk | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
The almond milk is very delicious, but also healthy drink - low fat, it is gluten-free and rich in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

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A nice recipe that might be healthy. Almonds are exceptionally good for us.

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The dilemmas of parents aging at home

The dilemmas of parents aging at home | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Staying in a family home can become a strain for both the elderly and their adult children. Forcing an obstinate parent to move can be wrenching. - Stacey Burling
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Caregiving is difficult But with a few hints and tips, there are many ways to make it easier.

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Caring for Someone with Cognitive Decline - Alzheimers Support

Caring for Someone with Cognitive Decline - Alzheimers Support | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Normal cognitive decline in aging or with Alzheimer's dementia or other disease
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Tips for the Holidays - Alzheimers Support

Tips for the Holidays - Alzheimers Support | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Holidays are filled with old family traditions that may be long forgotten by the family member with Alzheimer's or dementia.
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Memory-Loss Stops the Internal Clock for those with Alzheimer's Dementia as they lose "sense of time" - Alzheimers Support

Memory-Loss Stops the Internal Clock for those with Alzheimer's Dementia as they lose "sense of time" - Alzheimers Support | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
The internal clock stops in later stages of Alzheimer's, which makes it impossible to read the hands on a clock but rather they need a digital clock.
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When the person with Alzheimer's dementia loses their sense of time. it is heartbreaking. They can't read a circular clock with numbers and are no longer sure of many things.

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Best Gifts for those with Alzheimer's Dementia - Alzheimers Support

Best Gifts for those with Alzheimer's Dementia - Alzheimers Support | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Best Gifts for those with Alzheimer's dementia
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I've written several articles about Fidget Quilts and Toy Puppies breathing, baby dolls spitting and Chocolate Candy. I'm really quite pleased with the long list of things we've found to entertain those with Alzheimer's.  

 

I have to say, I find more than a few of them quite entertaining myself.  Maybe us folks without Alzheimer's dementia don't realize how easy it is to have fun. Several of these ideas keep me occupied quite easily.

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Alzheimer's Dementia Best Books to Read for Caregivers

Alzheimer's Dementia Best Books to Read for Caregivers | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it

When I learned that my Mom had Alzheimer's, my first trip was to the library. I had no clue what the word meant. All I knew was that Mom could forget anything I said in an instant. And I knew something was wrong besides her hearing.

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Reading Books, Blogs, Forums and Support Groups can grow your education about Alzheimer's and dementia.

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Slips and falls by Seniors – How to prevent them - Alzheimers Support

Slips and falls by Seniors – How to prevent them - Alzheimers Support | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Slips and falls by seniors may be prevented with a little forethought and some common tools such as walkers and sturdy shoes.
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How to Help the person with End Stage Alzheimer's dementia to Eat - Alzheimers Support

How to Help the person with End Stage Alzheimer's dementia to Eat - Alzheimers Support | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Helping the person with end stage Alzheimer's includes learning to eat and swallow.
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Why is Mom Constantly in the Emergency Room? - Alzheimers Support

Why is Mom Constantly in the Emergency Room? - Alzheimers Support | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Why was Mom constantly in the emergency room?
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Dementia Personality Changes Require Caring and Adjusting - Alzheimers Support

Dementia Personality Changes Require Caring and Adjusting - Alzheimers Support | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Patience, caring and the ability to make adjustments are a necessity if you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's dementia..
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Alzheimer's Risk and Tin Foil

Find out why you should ditch your tin foil if you want to avoid Alzheimer's.
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A short but sweet message that sounds like a good idea to me. Recently, I seem to use more parchment paper when baking that foil anyway.

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