President Ronald Reagan made a big impact in Alzheimer's disease awareness, first when he proclaimed November as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month in 1983, and then again when he publicly revealed his own diagnosis in 1994. The numbers have risen dramatically over the years to 5.4 million Americans today living with Alzheimer's disease or other form of dementia.
People living with early stage dementia can become frustrated about their forgetfulness interferes with daily life, such as missed appointments or events. There is help, however, in the form of strategies that can help to aid memory and organization.
Posted by Monica Heltemes on 10/26/2015
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I have heard more than one caregiver explain how the person with Alzheimer's in their care is picking at their skin or their hair, to the point of becoming bloody or even getting a bald spot. Covering the affected area can help, but sometimes just plain old "hands-on work" is what will work best.
Every year on September 21st, World Alzheimer's Awareness Day is held to increase awareness and educate. These 4 facts will astonish you.
Sadly, Richard Taylor, a respected dementia educator and advocate who himself lived with dementia, passed away recently. Fortunately, his well known book, "Alzheimer's From the Inside Out" and videos and articles he did with power and grace, will continue to live on.
If caregivers can find a few minutes each day to incorporate some easy holistic health methods, such as music, they can help stay well and prevent health issues that might arise from the prolonged stress of caregiving of the person with Alzheimer's disease.
Patients living with dementia and caregivers themselves face numerous stresses everyday. Aromatherapy can relieve stress, helping the patient avoid anxiety and improve sleep and offering the caregiver either relaxation when overwhelmed or energy when fatigued. Learn more about aromatherapy in this part 2 of 3 guest blog post series from Emmy Vadnais, Holistic Occupational Therapist.
Caregivers give and give...often too much. Caregivers need to take the time to "refill the well" and some simple holistic health measures can be the perfect solution. Guest blogger, Emmy, a Holistic Occupational Therapist, shares her expertise to help caregivers in this three part series.
Celebrate the July 4th holiday with these great ideas that work for all different stages of dementia.
This last week's Parade newspaper insert shares how it is not big organizations or companies who alone are making a difference for those with Alzheimer's, but a number of small, individual efforts adding up to big results.
Father's Day is around the corner and family may be thinking of how they can make it special for the father or grandfather in their life. Alzheimer's disease can make it a bit more challenging but with a bit of pre-planning and flexibility, it can happen.
Did you know that words alone can affect the mood of the person with Alzheimer's- both positively or negatively? Click ahead to find the video sharing easy ways to promote a positive mood for the person with dementia.
With the four most common causes of cancer, physicians reveal the diagnoses to their patients 90% of the time. For a sampling of patients with Alzheimer's disease, the rate was only 45%. Why aren't patients with Alzheimer's disease getting a timely diagnosis?
Learning about the five A Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease can be helpful in dealing with them. This is the last part in the series and describes the symptom called Aphasia, or difficulty with communication. It explains why the person might repeat themselves or answer all questions with an "I don't know" or "I don't care".
Knowing what to buy the mother with memory loss can be challenging. Use this gift guide to find some ideas that are appropriate and that can be both enjoyable and beneficial.
Understanding the five A Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease can be helpful in managing them. This is part four of five and describes the symptom called Amnesia, or the loss of memory, which includes short-term and long-term memories, and more.
In the United States, 50,000-60,000 new cases of Parkinson's Disease are diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who currently have it. April is Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month, so is a good time to learn more about this condition, including how it can lead to Parkinson's-related dementia.
Occupational therapy is a unique profession. It is a lot like music. Just playing "Do - re - mi" are the building block notes, but alone are not much. But add in a crescendo, a cymbal crash, or a key change and now you have music. Occupational therapy is similar - considering not only the building blocks but also leading to all things that make the 'music of life' for that person.
The person with Alzheimer's disease can have trouble identifying objects and/or faces correctly. This is not due to their vision but rather a symptom called Agnosia, which is one of the five A Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease.
Activities is an under-recognize and under-utilized 'treatment' for Alzheimer's disease. Learn here what activity in dementia care is, how the research shows it can help, and how you can help keep the person with dementia active.
Understanding the five A Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease can be helpful in managing them. This is part two of five and describes the symptom called Apraxia, when there is a breakdown in the body movement and planning to do a task.
Visiting the person with Alzheimer's or other form of dementia can be a bit intimidating for some. These 5 activity items are easy to take along and will promote interaction and an enjoyable visit for all.
Painting rocks can be a creative, colorful, and failure-free activity for the person with Alzheimer's. Learn more about this activity and how to adapt it for different stages of Alzheimer's.
Caregivers can reframe the way they look at things with the person with Alzheimer's disease, to turn potential negative moments into positive ones. Here are 5 tips to get you on your way.
Meet the woman with dementia who helped Julianne Moore craft her performance in 'Still Alice' and how they both help speak out for those affected by Alzheimer's disease.
Understanding the five A Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease can be helpful in managing them. This is part one of five and describes the symptom called Anomia, also known as the "Tip of the Tongue" phenomena.
"I cannot emphasize enough how important activity engagement is, especially when it comes to people who are cognitively impaired
." Memory Care Program Coordinator and Manager, Rachael Wonderlin, shares how activity makes a difference for people with dementia.
Mmmm...cinnamon covered rolls. What could smell or taste better? This easy recipe can get all levels of patients with dementia involved and comes together in a fun shape that can encourage conversation.
National Puzzle Day reminds us of the benefits of puzzles and how they can help the person with dementia.
Cooking a simple dish together can be a great way to engage the person with Alzheimer's. This hot dish activity has many steps the person can help with and is a perfect dish for a cool winter day.
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about freeing the oppressed. What can we do to for patients to maximize their 'freedom' from the symptoms of Alzheimer's?
This great video shows a son's special love for his mom with dementia and so much more.
A new year can bring new beginnings. For a dementia caregiver, 'starting new' can be something that is done daily, bringing benefit to both the caregiver and the patient.
Baking fresh bread has so many steps that the person with dementia can be involved with and benefit from. This simple recipe gives an easy and tasty treat to enjoy together.
Simple holiday activities can help the person with Alzheiemer's feel a part of the holidays and can be enjoyed together, even with smaller children in the family.
It can be difficult to know what gift to buy the person with Alzheimer's. Here are some great gift ideas, including some that are practical and some that are fun and can be enjoyed together.
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What are those with dementia thankful for?
November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness month. Sharing a few simple facts with others can make a huge difference in reducing stigmas.
Holiday events can be overwhelming and anxiety producing for the person with dementia. These tips can help the caregiver prepare and set the tone for a positive experience for all.
November is National Family Caregiver's Month. Caregivers of those with dementia face a lot of pressure, so they need to make sure they take care of themselves.
Our Numbers and Suits card game is the perfect alternative to traditional playing cards and is great for people who enjoyed math or worked with numbers.
"Mom gets mad at me at the dinner hour. She wants make supper for the children... but she is elderly, with no children to care for. How do I keep her out of the kitchen?"
Today I announce our new resource, "Ask the OT". Caregivers often have questions or situations that come up in dementia care. Although one answer never fits all situations, having different perspectives on the issue can help.
September is World Alzheimer's Month. Activities around the world are being done to help raise awareness and understanding of this condition, including promoting ways to reduce the risk of dementia.
Horticulture therapy is plant or garden therapy. It provides therapeutic benefit to people through the senses. One example is 'Seed Art'. My 3 daughters and I visited a local adult day program to do this project with participants with Alzheimer's.
Posted by Monica Heltemes on 8/4/2014
Taking a vacation may seem out of the question for caregivers of people with dementia. True, vacations will likely not be the same as they were before. But a successful vacation is possible with the right mindset and some planning.
Caregivers of a person with dementia see their loved one's personality change. Is the person truly being "lost" or is he or she still there? Alzheimer's patient, author, and advocate Richard Taylor shares his very important thoughts on this topic.
A recent visit to the local strawberry patch with my three daughters prompted my thinking about an easy strawberry dessert recipe that could be completed by people with dementia.