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How to Adapt Care Strategies Throughout the Levels of Alzheimer’s

Posted on July 7th, by Mark Winter in Alzheimer's, Dementia. No Comments

Caring for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease can seem like attempting to solve a constantly changing puzzle. Once you determine the solution to one segment, you discover that the picture has changed, and you need to reconsider your plan of action for the next levels of Alzheimer’s.

Trying to figure out the puzzle of Alzheimer’s care demands continuous education and a group effort, including professionals specifically trained in the numerous facets of Alzheimer’s disease support. Hired Hands Homecare provides the following tips, courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association, to help families in establishing care strategies throughout the levels of Alzheimer’s:

Early Stages: Family members can best assist a loved one with Alzheimer’s through planning together, offering a patient, calm, listening ear and memory prompts when needed. Strategies consist of:

Be a care advocate for your family member, offering emotional assistance and encouragement.
Help plan for … Read More »



Santa Rosa’s Director at the Alzheimer’s Conference

Posted on August 8th, by Mark Winter in Hired Hands News. No Comments

Phyllis manning the booth at The Alzheimer’s Conference

 



Learning to Deal With Alzheimer’s and Dementia in Pleasanton, Livermore & Dublin

Posted on January 13th, by Mark Winter in Aging, Alzheimer's, Dementia, Pleasanton Senior Care. No Comments

 

Hired Hands Homecare is proud to present Cathy Wadleigh.  Ms. Wadleigh is an LVN, PAC Certified Trainer, and group facilitator specializing in grief recovery and family transition.

Informative sessions focusing on helping families and individuals adjusting to living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia will be held at the Hired Hands Homecare Pleasanton office on the first and third Tuesday of the month, with two sessions 11:30-1pm, and 4:30-6pm.

For more information, please contact Cathy at 925-413-2080, or email her at Cathy@AssistanceWithAging.com.

 



Exciting New Advance in Curing Alzheimer’s Disease!

Posted on March 19th, by Mark Winter in Alzheimer's. No Comments

Consider the facts…

Currently, over 5 million Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Every sixty-seven seconds, someone develops the disease.
Almost 2/3s of those with Alzheimer’s Disease are women.

Everyone knows someone who suffers from Dementia and/or Alzheimer’s Disease.  We may not fully understand the disease, but we are fully aware of the challenges.  Because of this, we were especially excited to read this recent report.  Yesterday’s report out of Australia reports that huge strides have been made in laboratory tests, and that a team at the Queensland Brain Institute has come up with a possible advance that would successfully treat Alzheimer’s.

Hired Hands Homecare is very proud of our special Dementia/Alzheimer’s Team.  This amazing group of Caregivers has received extensive specialized training, giving them the knowledge and tools to better assist families dealing with this difficult situation.   If we may be of any … Read More »


Helping Alzheimer’s Patients…

Posted on February 21st, by Mark Winter in Alzheimer's, Dementia. No Comments

This week, an interesting story aired on NPR regarding how researchers are discovering how different types of light affect people.  What’s most impressive is how they’re using their findings, and applying them for helping Alzheimer’s patients and seniors.  Both the interview and the transcript can be found here.

 

 



Is it Alzheimer’s, or Normal Aging – Know the 10 Signs

Posted on January 26th, by Mark Winter in Alzheimer's, Dementia. No Comments

As we age, everyone gets forgetful now and then.  Just the other day, I misplaced my keys.  Sometimes, memory loss starts to become more frequent, disrupting life on a daily basis.  This may be a sign of Alzheimer’s, or some sort of dementia, and these warning signs may be a good reason to check in with your doctor.  The NorCal Alzheimer’s Association has a great set of tools at http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_10_signs_of_alzheimers.asp.


Get Cooking With These Creative Dementia Care Activities

If there’s one thing that connects us all, it’s food! Think about how many cherished memories have been made through the years that included food at the center of them all: holiday meals, birthday parties, wedding celebrations. Even ordinary days include routines that become ingrained in us around food, from that first aromatic cup of coffee in the morning to a shared bowl of buttery popcorn with family while watching a show on television.

It really is no surprise that food is not just a necessity for our physical health, but often a powerful way to connect with someone with dementia. Here are several creative dementia care activities you can try to help spark memories while engaging all the senses through food.

Storytelling. Pull out an old cookbook and look through the recipes together to determine if any spark memories. … Read More »



Improve Memory With These Simple Strategies

Help improve memory for someone you love with dementia with these proven tactics.

Remember memorizing the order of the colors of the rainbow in elementary school? A lot of us were introduced to Roy G. Biv to learn this feat – one of the many mnemonics we learn that, interestingly, often stay with us for a lifetime and help us improve memory.

As we get older, some degree of memory impairment is to be anticipated; and naturally it is even more pronounced when Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia is a factor. Researchers are continually aiming to find effective methods to enhance memory and cognitive functioning, and have discovered some interesting findings on “old school” strategies such as mnemonics. Here’s what they have most recently identified:

Mnemonics

Mnemonics provides a link to a memory through a song, … Read More »



Do You Know When and How to Downsize for Seniors with Dementia?

Seniors with dementia can benefit from downsizing.

It’s clear that the family home is just too overwhelming for Mom and Dad to care for. A small home is for sale just around the corner from you that’s ideal: a beautiful flower garden in the front yard, a sunny, cheerful kitchen, and no stairs to navigate. Now it is time to begin the downsizing process. The only problem? Mom has dementia.

Any level of change can be very challenging for a senior with dementia. Leaving the familiarity of home and moving into a brand new one can enhance feelings of anxiety and agitation, but there are strategies to ease the transition.

Take your time. It can be your natural thought to make this process as quick as possible – like ripping off a band-aid. However, a much better approach in … Read More »



The Final Stage of Alzheimer’s: What to Expect

Being prepared for the final stage of Alzheimer’s is key to continuing to help make life as meaningful as possible for someone you love.

The journey through Alzheimer’s disease can be compared to navigating a winding road that spans years, riddled with intermittent stops, starts, unexpected twists, and a plethora of unknowns. As the dedicated caregiver for an individual grappling with dementia, having foresight about what to expect around the next bend is paramount. This knowledge empowers you to not only be well-prepared but also to administer the most fitting and compassionate level of care in the final stage of Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s, being a highly individualized experience, manifests uniquely in each person. Yet there are certain commonalities at every stage of the disease. When an individual transitions into the last stage, discernible challenges emerge, including struggles with eating … Read More »





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