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Safely Manage Dementia and Aggression Using the 6 R’s

By |2022-10-26T13:51:12-04:00November 15th, 2021|Alzheimer's, Dementia Care, Senior Mental Health|

Of the many challenging behaviors typical in dementia, possibly the most complicated to manage is aggression. A senior who has always been mild-mannered can abruptly lash out in outbursts which are truly terrifying: hitting, cursing, kicking, yelling, biting, or throwing things. How can you, as a family care provider, safely help reestablish a sense of calm when managing dementia and aggression? To start with, remind yourself that the aggression is a result of the disease. It’s not something the senior can control, and it is not deliberate. That being said, it must be diffused in order to keep both you and [...]

Alzheimer’s and Sleep Problems: How to Help

By |2022-10-26T13:51:14-04:00October 8th, 2021|Aging at Home, Alzheimer's, Dementia Care, Senior Health, Senior Mental Health, Sleep Disorders|

If it feels like a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s and sleep problems has totally rewritten the rules on how and when to sleep, you are not dreaming. For reasons that are not yet completely understood, many people with dementia experience changes to their circadian rhythm, leading to drowsy days and sleepless nights.  The advancement of the disease is one contributing factor. Damage to brain cells causes increased weakness, making daily tasks and activities exhausting. Medication side effects from regularly-prescribed dementia treatments can further exacerbate the problem.  Why a Good Night’s Sleep Is Crucial for a Senior with Dementia Decreased sleep [...]

How Setting a Daily Routine Can Help Seniors

By |2022-10-26T13:51:16-04:00August 26th, 2021|Dementia Care, Quality of Life, Senior Health, Senior Issues, Senior Mental Health|

Life, especially although not just during the pandemic, can be filled with uncertainness. For seniors who are feeling less in command of particular aspects of life, such as losing cognitive or physical functioning, concentrating on exactly what can be controlled is empowering.  An excellent place to begin is by setting a daily routine, customized to an older adult's particular interests and needs. Keep in mind the senior’s routine is not intended to be a strict schedule to be adhered to, but merely the foundation for predictability and structure. With the older adult's direction and input, decide on a desired framework for [...]

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