Alzheimer’s News

Keeping the home safe

Keeping the home safe

When you are caring for people with dementia, you need to encourage them to be independent (do things for themselves) but at the same time you need to make sure that they cannot get hurt or put themselves in danger. A simple fall can result in that person no longer...

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Nutrition and Dementia

Nutrition and Dementia

As a carer you will want to make sure that the person for whom you are caring eats a healthy, well balanced diet. Depending on the individual and the progress of the dementia, mealtimes can be pleasant, with the person thoroughly enjoying the food or they may be...

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How to communicate

How to communicate

It is not always easy to understand what people with dementia are saying because they may just mumble, not speak at all, or may say things that do not make any sense to you. Sometimes they might just scream or cry. Not being understood or being able to understand...

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Keeping busy

Keeping busy

Everyone likes having something to do or to look at. Being occupied is healthy and improves the quality of life. One of the aims when caring for people with dementia is to encourage them to do as much as they can for themselves. Why planned everyday activities are...

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Everyday care

Everyday care

Your approach to personal care should always take full account of the feelings and dignity of the person you are helping. People with dementia cannot always tell you if they feel embarrassed. Personal care must be given to the individual: these are not just tasks that...

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Unusual Behaviour

Unusual Behaviour

Alzheimer's disease can cause a person to exhibit unusual and unpredictable behaviour that challenges caregivers, such as severe mood swings, verbal or physical aggression, combativeness, repetition of words, and wandering. These behavioural changes can lead to...

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Coping

Coping

Alzheimer's disease affects not only the person with dementia, but the entire family. The greatest burden is placed on the caregiver. The personal and emotional stress of caring for a person with dementia is enormous and you need to plan ways of coping with the...

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Understanding

Understanding

Most older people live at home and have very few or only minor memory difficulties. Sometimes, however, forgetfulness is a serious problem. Such people have difficulty in remembering things from one moment to the next. They may not remember where they are. They might...

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Prevalence of dementia

Prevalence of dementia

Higher than expected prevalence: report on a recent University of the Free State study funded by our research fund. See http://www.ufs.ac.za/templates/archive.aspx?news=1871&cat=1. If you have a problem activating the link, go to www.ufs.ac.za , scroll down to...

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Dementia and your family

Dementia and your family

Family and friends You may feel socially isolated if your family and friends have pulled back from your relationship or you have little time to spend with them. They may hesitate to spend time with you and the person with Alzheimer’s disease because they worry about...

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How dementia will affect your marriage

How dementia will affect your marriage

If your spouse has Alzheimer’s, you will probably experience significant changes in your marriage as the disease progresses. New roles and responsibilities You may find yourself taking on a new role in your marriage as your spouse’s memory worsens. The person with...

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