Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Alzheimer's and Money Management

Alzheimer's: Money management problems for people with Alzheimer

I am back! Thanks for noticing I was gone.

I appreciated the person who emailed me asking if I were still coaching families as I hadn't been blogging. I do get lazy when I am helping several families. I often think "Haven't I said it all?" But as you can see from the videos and the articles from the Alzheimer Weekly that it hasn't all been said. Each family I meet has a unique challenge in care. For one it is offering structure to the person's day as persons with dementia often cannot do that anymore. For another it is poor judgment. I met a man recently who had very good memory both recent and remote, but little ability to reason and very poor judgment. That is a tough combination. The caregiver couldn't use fiblets as he would remember them and know they weren't fact. She couldn't use explanation and reasoning either as he had a hard time following the logic. She appealed to his feelings of being out of control and with practice kept him safe and feeling good in relationship with her. Kudos to hearty invested caregivers.

Managing hallucinations

Some great tips on distracting and/or addressing the visual hallucinations of Lewy Body dementia. I met one person who saw people sitting in his living room. He especially was fond of a woman who sat on his dining room table with silly hats on. I asked how long they stayed. He said, "Oh when I get sick of them I just leave the room. They are no trouble." Happily his hallucinations were not scary so behavioral approaches worked without resorting to medications.

Alzheimer's: TEEPA SNOW CARE VIDEO: When people with dementia have hallucinations, caregivers can help. Watch Teepa Snow show one way to relieve a loved...


It is always good to know what causes the dementia. Dementia is merely a set of signs and symptoms the brain is not doing its job as well as it did. Many causes can be treated and/or cured.

Alzheimer's: DIAGNOSIS VIDEO: When a doctor says a person has dementia, what does that mean? What do you do, say and ask? Watch the Alzheimer

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Alzheimer's & Dementia Weekly: DICE Method for Handling Agitation & Aggression in...

Alzheimer's: Doctors write millions of prescriptions a year for drugs to calm the behavior of people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Le...

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Alzheimer's; Prevention is the next frontier

Alzheimer's: NBC NEWS VIDEO: Doctors say prevention is the new Alzheimer

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Alzheimer's Clocks

Alzheimer's: PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: Forgetting the time or day is common in dementia. Throughout the day, repeatedly, though innocently, a person with d...

Check out these clocks; some are a bit pricey but when one considers the value of time answering questions about time, it may be worth it.