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Think Big, Think More There | Alzheimer's Reading Room

Think Big, Think More There | Alzheimer's Reading Room | Caregiving | Scoop.it
The alone of being an Alzheimer's caregiver really worked in my favor. There was no one around to tell me -- you can't do this or you can't do that. No obstacles. No one clouding my mind and creating doubt.

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I think Bob DeMarco has the right idea about his caregiving. Sometimes working alone pays off!

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10 Symptoms of Early Stage Alzheimer's Disease

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7 Tips for Teaching Empathy in Toddlers

7 Tips for Teaching Empathy in Toddlers | Caregiving | Scoop.it
Toddlers think they’re the center of the universe, and although we can’t blame them -- it’s totally normal and probably evolutionarily sound -- it’s still natural to want them to show a gentler, kinder version of themselves every once in a while. Even if your little ones are veritable hug machines, they probably still need some help in the empathy department now and then. But how do you get a toddler to think about someone other than himself?

Here are seven tips for teaching empathy.


1. Acknowledge that they’re capable of it. '\

2. Talk about emotions.

3. Actively encourage empathy.

4. Shift the focus to others.

5. Act it out

6. Reward instead of punish.

7. Empathize with your child


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Will You Allow Yourself to Feel the Joy of Caregiving | Alzheimer's Reading Room

Will You Allow Yourself to Feel the Joy of Caregiving | Alzheimer's Reading Room | Caregiving | Scoop.it
This wonderful and enormous feeling of Joy does not go away after the death of your loved one.

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Causes of Falls in People with Dementia

Causes of Falls in People with Dementia | Caregiving | Scoop.it
Preventing falls is an important goal when caring for someone with dementia. Understanding why people fall is one key to reducing them. Learn about some common causes and contributors to falls, and what you can do to help.

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Pacific Cove's curator insight, November 10, 4:27 AM

One way to reduce falls in people with dementia is to understand why they fall. If we know what makes our loved ones more likely to fall, we can try to anticipate those needs and decrease falls.  #Alzheimers #Dementia #Falls #Caregiving #Caregivers

Clay Leben's curator insight, November 18, 11:13 PM

Important prevention tips.

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Caregiving Requires Compassion and Strength -- For Yourself ...

Caregiving Requires Compassion and Strength -- For Yourself ... | Caregiving | Scoop.it
Being a caregiver is a tall order for a strong, compassionate person. Compassion is what made you decide to take on this role.

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Pacific Cove's curator insight, November 8, 2:06 PM

The feeling of never being enough, never being able to do enough, of watching the person suffer and not being able to make it all better, left us both dealing with depression and exhaustion for a long time.

#Seniors #SeniorCare #HomeCare #Caregiver #Caregiving 

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A bidet and a few other tools make showering or bathing easier for the person with dementia. - Alzheimers Support

A bidet and a few other tools make showering or bathing easier for the person with dementia. - Alzheimers Support | Caregiving | Scoop.it
Late-stage Alzheimers patient may fear water along with showering and bathing, the bidet helps in cleansing the genitals and averts embarrassment for the patient and the care-giver.
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A bidet is especially nice if you're responsible for bathing a parent or relative of the opposite sex.

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A walk a day brings good health to Mind and Body - Alzheimers Support

A walk a day brings good health to Mind and Body - Alzheimers Support | Caregiving | Scoop.it
With few medications helping those with Alzheimer's, some healthy exercise can help body and mind.
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Tech for family caregivers: 3 ways entrepreneurs can help

Tech for family caregivers: 3 ways entrepreneurs can help | Caregiving | Scoop.it
Family caregiving is potentially a huge market, untapped primarily because it is unseen. But the needs are real and widespread, and enticing to bold, innovative entrepreneurs.

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This is so true....and millions more home caregivers will be needed as the baby-boomers age--

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How to help the person with "end stage" dementia to eat - Alzheimers Support

How to help the person with "end stage" dementia to eat - Alzheimers Support | Caregiving | Scoop.it
Many tools can make chewing easier for the person with "end stage" dementia.
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Virgin Atlantic accept invitation from Purple Angel to become dementia friendly

Virgin Atlantic accept invitation from Purple Angel to become dementia friendly | Caregiving | Scoop.it
PURPLE Angel founder Norman McNamara is delighted with the incredible news that Virgin Atlantic have accepted an invitation to learn more about dementia from the Purple Angel Association.

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Well done to all at Virgin Atlantic!

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Can an Alzheimer's or Dementia sufferer read or watch television. - Alzheimers Support

Can an Alzheimer's or Dementia sufferer read or watch television. - Alzheimers Support | Caregiving | Scoop.it
During Middle Stage Alzheimer's reading and watching television become most difficult.
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10 Ways to Avoid Agitation and Aggression in the Defiant Alzheimer's or Dementia Patient - Alzheimers Support

10 Ways to Avoid Agitation and Aggression in the Defiant Alzheimer's or Dementia Patient - Alzheimers Support | Caregiving | Scoop.it
Alzheimer's patients are often mistakenly seen as violent when they are actually overwhelmed with choices or new information.
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Stress May be Harder on Women’s Hearts than Men’s

Stress May be Harder on Women’s Hearts than Men’s | Caregiving | Scoop.it
Researchers have known for decades that stress contributes to heart disease. But a new analysis shows mental stress may tax women’s hearts more than men’s.

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In the Duke study, women under mental stress expressed a greater increase in negative emotions and a greater decrease in positive feelings.  #Women #Stress #HeartDisease

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Can You Tell The Difference Between Alzheimer's and Aging? - Alzheimers Support

Can You Tell The Difference Between Alzheimer's and Aging? - Alzheimers Support | Caregiving | Scoop.it
As you age, memory loss becomes more common. That is why it is so important to understand the difference between normal age related memory problems and more serious diseases, like Alzheimer's.
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Great Gift Ideas for Folks with Alzheimer's - Alzheimers Support

Great Gift Ideas for Folks with Alzheimer's - Alzheimers Support | Caregiving | Scoop.it
Most folks with dementia want love and care, but there are nice activities that please as well
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4 Ways to Cope With the High Costs of Caregiving

4 Ways to Cope With the High Costs of Caregiving | Caregiving | Scoop.it
Nearly half of unpaid caregivers spend more than $5,000 a year on medical expenses and more, a new study finds. Here's how to make sure you're prepared to help.
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In-home Care for Elderly: Tips for Caregivers of Dementia Patients

In-home Care for Elderly: Tips for Caregivers of Dementia Patients | Caregiving | Scoop.it

When you are called upon to care for a person with Alzheimer's disease or some other form of dementia, you must bring two key qualities with you to the task.


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Pacific Cove's curator insight, November 8, 1:13 PM

Above all, practice maintaining your patience when offering a dementia sufferer senior care at home.  #Alzheimer's #Dementia #Caregiver #Caregiving  #Elderly 

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New Study Finds $522 Billion Cost of Caregivers’ Sacrificed Time

New Study Finds $522 Billion Cost of Caregivers’ Sacrificed Time | Caregiving | Scoop.it

Three out of five caregivers under the age of 65 are working; they provide an estimated 22 billion of the 30 billion caregiving hours per year. Many working caregivers are forced to make adjustments in their work schedules and often lose wages...


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Pacific Cove's curator insight, November 1, 5:05 AM

This study points to the growing cost of caring for our elders, as well as the high proportion of that care that family caregivers are providing — often at a high cost to them, both literally and figuratively. #Seniors #Caregiving #Caregivers

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Inability to recognize Lies and Sarcasm may be symptom of early dementia. - Alzheimers Support

Inability to recognize Lies and Sarcasm may be symptom of early dementia. - Alzheimers Support | Caregiving | Scoop.it
New study finds that healthy adults recognize lies and sarcasm in conversation that are missed by someone with early signs of dementia.
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Supporting caregivers | Create the Good

Supporting caregivers | Create the Good | Caregiving | Scoop.it
Show a caregiver you care. With appointments and more, caregivers lack time to care for themselves—but they don’t have to do it alone.
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Does someone with dementia also have Aphasia - Alzheimers Support

Does someone with dementia also have Aphasia - Alzheimers Support | Caregiving | Scoop.it
Aphasia can cause symptoms that are similar to dementia but not caused by dementia
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Avoiding the approaching ‘caregiver cliff’

Avoiding the approaching ‘caregiver cliff’ | Caregiving | Scoop.it
COLUMN | Millions are tending to elderly or infirm family members at huge costs to themselves.

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The Validation Breakthrough: Techniques for talking to People with Alzheimer's - Alzheimers Support

The Validation Breakthrough: Techniques for talking to People with Alzheimer's - Alzheimers Support | Caregiving | Scoop.it
Validation technique for Caregivers of Alzheimer's and Dementia patients to create more pleasant and less stressful results.
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How to Respond to False Accusations from an Alzheimer's Patient - Alzheimers Support

How to Respond to False Accusations from an Alzheimer's Patient - Alzheimers Support | Caregiving | Scoop.it
Caregivers are often accused falsely of stealing or harming Alzheimer's patients. How to respond.
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Helping Elders Feel Less Lonely

Helping Elders Feel Less Lonely | Caregiving | Scoop.it
Joe hasn’t felt engaged in life since he retired. Mary stopped feeling connected when her husband died. Lucy has arthritis and can’t get around well on her own. Bill’s health is fine, but making sure that his wife, who has Alzheimer’s, gets the care she needs consumes his time and energy.

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Do you know the Symptoms for Alchohol Related dementia? - Alzheimers Support

Do you know the Symptoms for Alchohol Related dementia? - Alzheimers Support | Caregiving | Scoop.it
Do you know the Symptoms? Take a short quiz for Alcohol related dementia.
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