Caregiver Tips: Angels of Mercy: The Blessing of Being a Caregiver for an elder with Alzheimer’s disease.

"The King will reply, `I tell you the truth whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' (Matthew 25:40) Whether you are a family member, spouse, son, daughter or have had the good fortune to have picked … [Continue reading]

Caregiver Tips: Confused Elderly Man with Alzheimer’s Disease Scared by Snowman

Thinks Someone is in His/Her Room in the Nursing Home. It was an early winter’s day and the family was in to visit Dad, who had Alzheimer's disease, in the Nursing Home. While they were there they played some cards with their Dad, ate some of his … [Continue reading]

Aging: Elderly Woman with Alzheimer’s Disease no Longer Able to use Reasoning Ability – First sign Weight Loss.

Confused elderly function well with routine. An elderly woman, in her early 80's, still lives on her own and seems to be doing fine. Her daughter checks in on her frequently, usually everyday. Her mother has her life long routines in place and the … [Continue reading]

Caregiver Tips: Elderly with Alzheimer’s disease, lose the ability to care for themselves in reverse order they gained ability.

Losing the ability to care for yourself. We know that no two people are exactly alike, and that Alzheimer's disease affects people differently, depending on what area of the brain is most affected. The loss of function usually follows a pattern. … [Continue reading]

CAREGIVER TIPS: Confused elder with Alzheimer’s Disease, wants to wear the same clothes all the time.

Can't get confused elder to change clothes.   Many times I have heard family caregivers say that one of the hardest tasks is to get the individual who is confused to change clothes. Sometimes the favorite outfit is also used to sleep in. Recently a … [Continue reading]

CAREGIVER TIPS: How to help the confused elder with Alzheimer’s get dressed.

Know the elder's routine.   What was their routine? Keeping to persons routine is so important. If someone was used to - for many years- getting up in the morning and eating breakfast in their robe, and then getting dressed, you want to continue to … [Continue reading]

Caregiver Tips: Assisting the confused elder with Alzheimer’s Disease to Shave.

Elderly with Alzheimer's disease are in the moment. Anytime you are working with a person with Alzheimer’s disease you must provide enough time. People with Alzheimer’s disease are very aware of tone of voice and body language. If the caregiver … [Continue reading]

Caregiver Tips: Assisting Confused Elder with Alzheimer’s disease to Brush Their Teeth.

Caregiver needs to be in the moment with confused elder. Anytime you are working with a person with Alzheimer’s disease you must provide enough time. People with Alzheimer’s disease are very aware of tone of voice and body language. If the … [Continue reading]

Caregiver Tips: Watch for Signs of Pain and Change In Skin Condition For Confused Elder with Alzheimer’s.

What does a change in the elder's condition mean? What should the caregiver be looking for? What is the most effective way to communicate? So many times, when asked the caregiver had all of the information, but didn't know how to pass that … [Continue reading]

Caregiver Tips: Working with Elderly with Alzheimer’s disease using their Body Memory.

What is body memory?   An elderly man with Alzheimer’s disease is walking down the hall in a Nursing Home in full view of the staff. Suddenly he blacks out, loses consciousness and instead of falling and possibly breaking a leg or a hip – he tucks … [Continue reading]