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]

Aging: Aging with Independence – we’ve got tech support.

Baby boomers need their "stuff", we got stuff. Well it happened to me, and I look out for pot holes like it is my profession. But turning into the bank last at 4:30 p.m., the unthinkable happened. It was like the pot hole jumped out and pulled the … [Continue reading]

Caregiver Tips: Alzheimer’s Disease/Stroke When The Elderly Start Undressing In Public.

When confused elderly always want to take their clothes off.   What could possibly be harder than caring for your parent, and now not only are they incontinent – but they want to get those clothes off – and are undressing. Trying to preserve the … [Continue reading]

Caregiver Tips: The Pain of Shingles – so much worse for the confused, elderly with Alzheimer’s

It’s 2 o’clock in the morning and I can’t sleep. I’m thinking about my dear friend who was just diagnosed with shingles. And a particularly severe and painful attack involving not only her skin and nerve endings but her eyes. “Attack” is really a … [Continue reading]

Caregivers Tips- for Celebrating the Holidays with Elderly with Alzheimer’s Disease in a Nursing Home.

Change expectations of the "Perfect Holiday"   I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas, sometimes that perfect picture of the “oh, so perfect holiday” needs to be re-visited when a family member has dementia. Many times try as they may to have that Merry … [Continue reading]

Caregiver’s Tips: Caregiver approach makes a difference for elderly with Alzheimer’s Disease

Caregiver Approach Affects Behaviors of Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease When working with elderly with Alzheimer’s disease make sure that you are calm, not in a hurry and able to focus your attention on this individual. Remember that people with … [Continue reading]