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4 ALZHEIMER’S CARE STEPS

Take it slow. Ask Simple questions. Limit reality checks. Keep eye contact.
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My Mom is with the Lord
My Mom is with the Lord
February 9, 2024 11:21 pm
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I love this!

Don’t worry about whether or not your loved one (or the person for whom you are caring) is getting everything right. Handle the “realities” that are necessary for care.

Patience is absolutely important to an Alzheimer’s or dementia person. Talking to them as if they’re a baby will cause them to digress— so don’t do it! Yelling or raising your voice in frustration or repeating the same phrase in the same way is not going to help.

Look that precious person in the eye, find a new way to say the same thought if they’re not grasping what you’re saying, and be patient, even when you’re in a hurry—remember that this human being has a brain that does contain memories (even if they cannot produce them,) does have feelings (even if they cannot express them or express the wrong ones at the wrong times,) and does desire to be treated like the adult that they are.

I know someone who took over the care of their mother and kept saying to her that she was her precious baby— her three-year-old. That dear woman went from being able to communicate with others to being completely nonverbal in about a month. Never, ever disrespect an adult in that manner!

Br/Swapan Kumar Pal
Br/Swapan Kumar Pal
February 19, 2024 11:10 am
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Certainly

B. Berger

B. Berger

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This site was inspired by my Mom’s autoimmune dementia.

It is a place where we separate out the wheat from the chaffe, the important articles & videos from each week’s river of news. With a new post on Alzheimer’s or dementia appearing on the internet every 7 minutes, the site’s focus on the best information has been a help to many over the past 15 years. Thanks to our many subscribers for your supportive feedback.

The site is dedicated to all those preserving the dignity of the community of people living with dementia.

Peter Berger, Editor

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