Resources in the Living With Alzheimer’s category

Agitation

Living With Alzheimer's >> Behavior Basics | 04.28.15

Agitation: calming down an excitable situation Becoming agitated or restless are common symptoms of people with dementia. This can be due to external factors, such as loud noises or crowded environments. Or the causes may be physical or emotional, such as hunger or boredom. When a loved one becomes agitated, try to remain calm and…

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Dementia-friendly Spaces

Living With Alzheimer's >> Creating a Safe Environment | 04.24.15

Dementia-friendly spaces: creating safe and comfortable living areas Creating the right environment can help make life easier and less stressful for both the person with dementia and their caregiver. The emphasis should be on designing or rearranging appropriate living areas to be safe, comfortable and functional. Keep things simple Rooms that are cluttered and messy…

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Driving Safety

Living With Alzheimer's >> Creating a Safe Environment | 04.24.15

Driving Safety—when to take the keys away Driving is among a person’s first signs of independence as an adult. As far as some are concerned, it is almost an inalienable right. That explains why, although necessary, taking away the freedom to drive due to impaired abilities is a step that’s often strenuously resisted by people…

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Paranoia

Living With Alzheimer's >> What They're Feeling | 04.24.15

Paranoia: feelings of fear and mistrust People with Alzheimer’s and other dementias can grow distrustful and suspicious of those around them — even those closest to them. This can lead to unrealistic fears, as well as hurtful accusations that caregivers or other individuals are out to harm them, steal things or cheat them in some…

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Caregiver Guilt

Living With Alzheimer's >> What They're Feeling | 04.24.15

Caregiver guilt: handling feelings of shame and inadequacy At some point, every caregiver feels they aren’t doing enough. They may lose their temper and snap at the person in their care. On particularly bad days, they may simply wish it would all be over. All of these situations — and many other moments of stress…

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