Dementia

Caregiving and sibling relationships: challenges and opportunities

Your mother has been diagnosed with dementia and it is clear that she can no longer live alone. You feel that an assisted living facility is the best care option, but your brother disagrees. Every conversation you have with him seems to lead to confrontation and hurt feelings….

A Guide to Taking Care of Yourself

"The care you give to yourself is the care you give to your loved one," said a caregiver. Absolutely the easiest thing for someone to say and the hardest thing to accept is the advice to take care of yourself as a caregiver. It is often hard to see beyond the care tasks that await you each morning.

Unas Habilidades Practicas para Asistir a los Cuidadores Familiares

Si usted es un cuidador familiar, ya sabrá que casi no hay horas en el día para cuidar de sí mismo, y mucho menos para dedicar el tiempo necesario a las necesidades personales de su ser querido. El asistir a otra otra persona a vestirse, bañarse, sentarse, o ponerse de pie cuando esa persona está agitada, de mal humor o combativa - lo cual es frecuentemente el caso en personas que tienen la enfermedad de Alzheimer u otro tipo de demencia - requiere estrategias especiales. Las siguientes cinco técnicas pueden facilitar el cuidado físico de un familiar.

Guidelines for Better Communication with Brain Impaired Adults

Communicating with a loved one with a brain disorder can indeed be challenging. Finding the right words and getting your point across are difficult under normal circumstances.This difficulty is often compounded by your role as a caregiver. And although there are no easy solutions, following some basic guidelines should ease communication, and lower levels of stress both for you and for the care recipient.

Caregiving During a National Emergency

At times of emergency, such as the events of September 11 or Hurricane Katrina, there are so many things to process, one has trouble prioritizing and putting things in perspective. If you are caring for a loved one with dementia, you probably found your attention distracted and your emotions conflicted. Sometimes it was hard to concentrate on the daily things in life, sometimes it was reassuring to do mundane tasks. Often people feel out of control and insecure at times of crisis. Perhaps the suggestions below will help when times are unsettled —for any reason.

Sexuality and Dementia

Coping with Changes in Your Intimate Relationship 

How has your relationship with your partner changed as a result of disease? Physicians seem reluctant to address this question with caregivers dealing with a long-term chronic illness.

"No one asked me about my marriage or sexuality. Yet it plays a large part in our well being. No one asked me, 'what's the quality of your life?' … I'm a sexual individual. I'm 76 years old and I'm still alive," said Jerry, who cared for his wife with dementia.

Communicating with Your Doctor

A Message to Physicians

 How can physicians encourage improved communication for the well being of both patients and caregivers?

Estrategias para motivar a su ser querido (Strategies for motivating your loved one)(Spanish)

Es fácil que una persona de la tercera edad que está enferma llegue a sentirse deprimida y que su vida se centre entorno a su enfermedad. En muchos sentidos, la casa donde el individuo está confinado se convierte en un mundo. Frecuentemente, las únicas salidas de casa son las visitas al médico y los únicos cambios que ocurren en la vida inmediata son causados por aspectos relacionados con la enfermedad.

Hands-On Skills for Caregivers

When you’re a caregiver, finding time to take care of your own physical needs is difficult enough, but taking care of the physical needs of someone else is even more challenging. Assisting someone else to dress, bathe, sit or stand when they are upset, agitated or combative—often the case when caring for someone with a brain disorder such as Alzheimer’s disease—requires special strategies. The following five techniques can make taking care of a loved one’s physical needs easier.

¿Es una demencia? ¿Que significa ese diagnóstico? (Is this Dementia and What Does it Mean?)

Introducción

¿Qué quiere decir el diagnóstico de demencia? Para algunas personas, esta palabra provoca temibles imágenes de conducta "loca" y descontrolada. En realidad, la palabra "demencia" describe un grupo de síntomas entre los cuales está n la pérdida de la memoria a corto plazo, la confusión, la incapacidad para resolver problemas, la incapacidad para ejecutar tareas complejas como cocinar o llevar las cuentas de gastos y, a veces, alteraciones de la personalidad o comportamientos inusuales.

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