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When do you know if your loved one needs a caregiver?
Below are some items you may want to monitor, as you visit your loved one.
-Mail is piling up, bills are not being paid, calls from collection agencies
-The yard or house is no longer being maintained
-Changes in personal hygiene or change in typical behavior (like smoking in the bed, when the person used to only smoke outside).
-Changes in typical habits of eating/diet and exhibiting weight loss (or noticing clothing is now loose)
-Forgetting to take medication
-Unexplained dents or scratches on car (from bumping into objects when driving) Read the rest of this entry »
This week, I had the opportunity to attend a work shop on dementia by one of America’s leading experts on the topic; Teepa Snow. It was both informative, and funny as she kept our attention the entire six hours. Below, is a clip from her site. She has a great deal of information you can use to improve your care for those with dementia.
According to a new study, “calcium supplements may be associated with an increased risk of dementia in older women who have had a stroke or other signs of cerebrovascular disease. The research is published in the August 17, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.”
This article goes on to explain, that the study was small and does not state that there is a direct link between calcium supplements and dementia, however it does say there may be a link and that more research needs to be completed. For more information, see the article below.
Everyone enjoys independence and one of the greatest marks of independence, is being able to drive. It gives an individual great freedom; freedom to work, shop, and socialize with others. But if you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, this topic can be a tricky one- full of legitimate concern.
The question is: “Does mom or dad still have the cognitive ability to drive safely (keeping him or her safe, as well as others)?”
Here are two links that will help you answer that question. The first link is terrific and it lists important facts you should consider- such as having a diagnosis of dementia, taking medications that may affect reasoning, and other issues that may make driving more difficult like vision and hearing loss.
This video is from You-tube, and was posted by a group called Human Kind. Human Kind posts really terrific stories about real people. This one, is about a husband and wife both in a long-term care facility. The wife has Alzheimer’s and the husband visits her when he can. He continues to love, and be devoted to her even when she doesn’t remember him. It is very touching.
Glen Campbell, a musician was diagnosed with Alzheimers a few years ago. A documentary on his story was filmed as he did a “goodbye tour” for his fans. This is just a brief interview with National Public Radio, but it is fascinating. Glenn Campbell was able to be open about his disease with his loved ones and even had humor during the initial stages. Unfortunately, Mr. Campbell is currently in a long-term care facility, but he still can play guitar better than many. For more, please listen to this interview on NPR.
We all have music we love, and when we hear it, it can take us back…. There must be a special place in our brains where musical tunes reside, because in this video you can see a man with limited mental function hear music from his youth and WOW- watch what happens….
Not only can he remember the tune, he recalls the words and simple facts about his favorite musician. After listening to the music, the man in the video literally becomes more alert and seems to become a “regenerated” or new person.