Dementia

Ten real-life strategies for dementia caregiving

As caregivers, we often use intuition to help us decide what to do. No one ever gave us lessons on how to relate to someone with memory loss. Unfortunately, dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is counter-intuitive; i.e., often the right thing to do is exactly opposite that which seems like the right thing to do. Here is some practical advice:

Dementia and Pain Management: A Personal Story

My father was screaming in the nursing home. The staff had tried changing any number of his medications, but nothing stopped his agitation until the physician ordered Vicodin, a strong painkiller. I called the physician and asked him to assess what might be causing my father’s pain. The physician suggested it might be arthritis. In a calm voice, I suggested that perhaps the pain was from something more serious—would he please do an evaluation? He told me that this would be hard to do since my father has dementia and can’t tell him what hurts.

Dementia, Caregiving and Controlling Frustration

The Stresses of Caregiving

永久授权书和可废止的生存信托 (Durable Powers of Attorney and Revocable Living Trusts)

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行为控制策略(痴呆) (Behavior Management Strategies for Dementia)

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针对机能不全者编制的法律计划 (Legal Issues in Planning for Incapacity)

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Demencia (Dementia)

Definición

En la comunidad médica se emplea el término de "demencia" para describir a los pacientes con trastornos de la capacidad intelectual. Los pacientes de demencia también pueden clasificarse según padezcan de demencia "presenil" o "senil", "síndrome cerebral orgánico" o "crónico", "arteriosclerosis" o "atrofia cerebral". Es importante señalar que la demencia no es una dolencia normal del proceso de envejecimiento. Los trastornos de demencia son provocados por procesos patológicos anormales y pueden afectar tanto a las personas jóvenes como a los ancianos.

Caregiving FAQs

Have a question you would like to pose to our staff on care issues, use of community services, caregiver programs in your state or other caregiving issues? Just e-mail us at info@caregiver.org with your question and your location and our social workers and resource specialists will respond! You can also visit our Family Care Navigator, State-by-State Help for Family Caregivers, to find resources in your state.

 

El cuidar durante una crisis (Caregiving During a Crisis) - Spanish

Los periodos de crisis provocan reacciones emocionales y físicas en todo el mundo. Después de los eventos del 11 de septiembre muchos de nosotros nos encontrábamos distraídos, inseguros o con el sentimiento que habíamos perdido el control sobre la vida. Las emergencias, aún las que son menos catastróficas que los ataques de septiembre, producen emociones conflictivas y estrés. Los individuos con demencia también responden a las emergencias y sus reacciones pueden causar más estrés para la familia y la persona que proporciona el cuidado.

Ask an Expert: Repeating

Dear FCA:

My husband Ted had a series of mini-strokes. He can carry on a conversation some times. But other times I've noticed that Ted gets "stuck" on a subject and tends to repeat the same thing over and over again. He could ask when dinner is 25 times or more. It's so frustrating. I don't know what to do to get through to him. If I get angry, it just seems to make him upset too. Can you offer me any advice?

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