Restoring Peace with Agitated Dementia Clients

Providing assistance for another person like helping them get dressed and using the bathroom, can result in uncomfortable situations, both for the person needing the care and the one providing care. It’s difficult to put modesty aside and allow someone to assist you when you’re at your most vulnerable. And there are times when seniors, most notably those with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, become very anxious while receiving this needed help, to the point that conflict can erupt and a person with dementia can strike out at the caregiver. The exact cause for these outbursts varies from person to person, but some of the potential reasons can include: Loss of control. Loss of indep

Driving and Dementia: Time to Stop?

Driving for most people is more than a routine part of adult life; it’s a powerful symbol of competence and independence. It’s also something most adults find very hard to part with when the time comes to consider giving up the independence and control that driving represents. Because of the focused concentration and fast reaction time required for a driver to remain safe, and since these abilities usually decline significantly as we grow older (even more so for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease), it can be a real challenge for family members to determine when it’s the right time for a loved one to give up the keys. The Warning Signs Because Alzheimer’s diminishes reasoning skills, your lo

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