Memory Loss

Safety for Caregiver Spouses: How to Manage Challenging Behaviors

Considering the changes one goes through as dementia progresses—the loss of memories, confusion, sensory problems, diminishing abilities, the struggle to communicate—it’s no wonder that challenging behaviors evolve in response to their ever-changing world. For the spouse of a loved one with memory loss, dealing with challenging behaviors such as aggression, suspicion and delusions can be emotionally trying and, in some cases, dangerous for both partners’ safety.

The Power of Self-Worth: Tips on Validation Therapy for Memory Loss

The Power of Self-Worth: Validation Therapy for Memory Loss

A sense of self-worth is vital for anyone to experience a full life. When we feel respected and accepted as we are, we are able to be at peace with ourselves and those around us. There’s no more struggle to justify who we are, or urgency to rectify our past mistakes. When we know we are worthy of love and care, we are free to be at ease with our inner selves. These are the ideas that created what is known in caregiving as the validation method.

The Art of Listening: Tips on Nonverbal Communication

The Art of Listening: Connecting to Your Loved One with Nonverbal Communication

For loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia or progressive neurological conditions, the ability to communicate verbally slowly disappears. In the case of Alzheimer’s disease, a loved one will repeat themselves, have trouble finding the right words and eventually won’t be able to speak or understand what others say. In the latest stages of such diseases, caregivers and family members have to learn the language of nonverbal communication in order to connect with their loved one.

Aromatherapy Benefits and Tips for Memory Care

Aromatherapy Benefits and Uses for Memory Care

If you’re caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of memory loss, utilizing a variety of holistic treatments is a great memory care technique for managing some behavioral symptoms and promoting well-being for your loved one. Holistic treatments, including aromatherapy, art and music therapy and more, aim not to just relieve physical symptoms, but also to promote mental and emotional wellness. Aromatherapy is not a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but it can help you as you seek to provide the highest quality of life as possible for your loved one.

Tips to Communicate Effectively with Your Loved One’s Assisted Living Staff

What to Watch For: Signs & Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

Sadly, many seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease are undiagnosed because the symptoms of memory loss are often misjudged as a normal part of “getting old.” Unlike normal aging, where it’s common to forget things from time to time, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease completely disrupt a person’s daily life. In addition to memory loss, seniors living with Alzheimer’s experience a variety of cognitive and physical impairments that, as they progress, are far from typical.

9 Tips for Managing Memory Loss During the Holidays

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