Out of all the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, perhaps one of the most worrying is the person’s tendency for wandering and the potential dangers that may occur in the event that the senior becomes confused or lost.
Communicating with a senior loved one struggling with all the challenges of Alzheimer’s, particularly in the middle and later stages, is often frustrating – both for you personally as well as for the person with Alzheimer’s. Brain changes impact the ability to listen, process, and respond to conversations, and it’s up to us to implement different approaches to communicating with someone with Alzheimer’s to more successfully connect with them.
Nowadays, music is more available than ever before. For those who take smartphones or tablets with them everywhere they go, hundreds of thousands – if not tens of millions of tunes – are simply a few touches or finger swipes away. If you are a caregiver for a senior, your smartphone can be one of the most helpful tools in your possession to help tap into the benefits of music….
More likely to strike men, and more common than MS, ALS, and muscular dystrophy combined, Parkinson’s disease is diagnosed in as many as 7 – 10 million individuals internationally, with an additional 600,000 people in America diagnosed every year. And though each person’s experience with Parkinson’s can vary in level of severity, there are 5 main stages of Parkinson’s disease that are normally experienced by all.
“I do NOT have Alzheimer’s disease! There isn’t anything wrong with me!” If perhaps you’ve heard a family member with dementia frustratingly communicate this or maybe a matching sentiment, you may have believed the person was merely in denial and unwilling to accept a difficult diagnosis. The stark reality is, however, that frequently those with dementia and other conditions are experiencing anosognosia – an unawareness of their impairment. It can…