Alzheimer's

Dementia & Spousal Safety: How to Manage Aggressive Behavior

Dementia & Spousal Safety: How to Manage Aggressive Behavior

Considering the changes one goes through as their dementia progresses – the loss of memories, confusion, sensory problems, diminishing abilities, the struggle to communicate – it’s no wonder that aggression is a common response to their ever-changing world. For the spouse of a loved one with memory loss, dealing with aggressive behavior can be emotionally trying and, in some cases, dangerous for both partners’ safety. If your spouse becomes violent, learning how to manage their aggression is vital. 

Understanding Your Loved One’s Dementia Diagnosis

Understanding Your Loved One’s Dementia Diagnosis

Although dementia affects millions of seniors and middle-aged adults, few fully understand the disease or the extent of a dementia diagnosis until it hits close to home. More than just forgetfulness, dementia involves memory loss that interferes with daily life. For those recently diagnosed with dementia and the family members who plan on caring for them, understanding the nature of the disease can make all the difference in their quality of life.

Lighten Up Your Lifestyle: Benefits of Humor in Caregiving

Benefits of Humor in Caregiving

In the face of a serious injury, chronic illness or age-related challenges, finding humor may often be the last thing on a caregiver’s mind. Stressed or overwhelmed caregivers may even consider laughter to be inappropriate around a loved one who is suffering. However, many loved ones, their family members and health care experts have discovered life-enhancing benefits from embracing everyday humor in caregiving situations.

A Guide to Guardianship: Legal Considerations for Memory Loss

Legal Considerations for Memory Loss

When you’re caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of memory loss, some difficult choices might need to be made in order to ensure your loved one’s health, safety and well-being. By the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease, your loved one’s cognitive decline often goes below the capacity to make rational decisions. When this occurs, it might be time to consider taking a legal guardianship of your loved one.

Alzheimer’s and Communication: Techniques for Talking with Your Loved One

Alzheimer’s and Communication

Communication is at the core of our interactions with one another. It’s how we exchange thoughts, express needs and feed relationships. When communication is difficult, we can easily feel disconnected from those we love.

Unfortunately for those living with progressive Alzheimer’s disease, the ability to communicate easily diminishes as time goes on. The degeneration of the brain not only affects the person’s memory, but also their ability to form words, think clearly, follow conversations or understand others.

Understanding the Effects of Spirituality on Dementia and Memory Care

 Effects of Spirituality on Dementia and Memory Care

For many, a spiritual connection provides a source of reassurance, hope and meaning in times of trouble. Those living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia might turn to their spirituality for comfort or connection to a higher power in the midst of the cognitive and physical changes brought on by their disease.

How to Coordinate Your Caregiving Team

How to Coordinate Your Caregiving Team

Caring for an aging loved one, especially one with a degenerative disease like Alzheimer’s or dementia, is no easy task. Often, family caregivers are not only faced with the challenges of their loved one’s health, but also their own as the stress and exertion of full-time caregiving takes its toll on the body and spirit. 

7 Ways to Educate Your Family About Memory Loss

Educate Your Family About Memory Loss

Experts on memory loss agree that Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss affect the entire family, not just the person diagnosed. Everyone feels the stress of watching – and caring for – their loved one’s progressive decline. If you are the primary caregiver for someone with memory loss, the responsibility of educating your family and close friends, as well as keeping them updated on your loved one’s condition, usually falls on you.

Tips on Using Music Therapy to Care for those with Memory Loss

The Benefits of Music Therapy for Those with Memory Loss

Music Therapy for Those with Memory Loss

For those living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of memory loss, the progressive decline of their cognitive functioning eventually makes it difficult to communicate and interact with the world around them. In addition to decreasing skills and behavioral changes, the isolation that Alzheimer’s causes significantly affects one’s quality of life. Fortunately, research shows growing evidence for the cognitive, emotional and social benefits of music therapy for those with memory loss.