When someone has Alzheimer’s, they lose their newest memories first. Questions like “What did you do this morning?” or “How was lunch?” may be confusing or frustrating questions for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. But reminiscing about your loved one’s past can be a nice place to start a conversation.
The first few months without my sister were so peaceful, I made no effort to contact her. The months became swiftly passing years until a greeting from my niece appeared on my computer screen on January 1, 2007. Linda asked if I remembered telling her about my biggest fear on my eighty-fifth birthday. “Mom has it,” she wrote. “The dreaded Alzheimer’s.”
Hogewey, located in the Netherlands, is the only care facility of it’s kind in the world and is home to over 150 people with severe dementia. Started by 2 nurses who feared having to put their own parents in a traditional nursing home, ‘Dementia Village’ is a place where residents live a seemingly normal life, but are actually being watched by caregivers at all times. Residents are free to roam around, visiting shops, getting their hair done or being active in one of the 25 clubs available at Hogewey.
If you know someone with Alzheimer’s, you quickly realize that you need to adjust the way you communicate in order to have pleasant interactions. Here are some helpful articles for you.
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Bernice was a mentor of mine who had no other family. We knew each other for 30 years and she became like family, watching our children grow up, coming to our house for holidays and just being a part of our lives. When dementia crept into her life, my husband and I became her guardians.
Detailed direction for creating a Memory Book. This is an easy and interactive way to preserve a person’s history while creating a treasured heirloom for family and friends. By Connie Lucas of the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Iowa Chapter.
Taste is very closely aligned with smell and can lead to reminiscences. A favorite meal or a particular dish one has not had for a long time often triggers a flood of recollections.
Activities of Daily Living are those things we all need to do on a regular basis to ensure our health and well-being. We take them for granted–until we cannot do them anymore. Unfortunately, dementia makes these tasks more and more difficult. There are aids to help.
Recreational activities play an important role when it comes to defining our own Quality of Life. Each of us chooses activities based on our interests and abilities. People who have dementia need access to recreational activities, too; this is as much a moral imperative as it is an issue of care and disease management.
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