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Understanding and Minimizing Sundowner's Syndrome

  The long list of symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia often includes baffling mood and behavior changes. One particularly disruptive side effect of these conditions affects some patients at a certain time each day. Known as Sundowner’s sy...

Halloween Safety Tips for those with Alzheimer's

  Halloween can be a very frightening time for those with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia.   Here are a few things you can do, or be aware of, as a caregiver, during this spooky season:   1. Limit the amount of Halloween decorations or changes to the hom...

Thanksgiving and Dementia - Tips for a Thankful time together

  We understand how a family get together can seem more complicated and in some cases daunting, especially when your loved on has Alzheimer’s or a related Dementia. Here are a few tips you could do to make your gathering an experience all will enjoy! Reduce the number of ...

Keeping Your Loved One With Alzheimer's Safe in Their Home

  Home safety, with respect to those who have Alzheimer's or a related Dementia, is something that shouldn't be ignored.   In our last blog post called "Home Safety and Dementia" we talked about a few quick changes that can be made to help ease the confusio...

Home Safety and Dementia

  This is the first in a series of blog posts about how you can help keep your loved one with Alzheimer's or a related Dementia, safe in their own home.   Things that seems so simple in the past, can now become very concerning.    People with dementia o...

Bad Behavior - Strange Obsessions

  Saving tissues, worrying if it’s time to take their meds, constantly picking at their skin, hypochondria…these types of obsessive behaviors disrupt the daily lives of elderly parents and their caregivers. Obsession is sometimes related to an addictive personality, or a pas...

10 Requests from an Alzheimer's Patient

    Please be patient with me. I am the helpless victim of a brain disease.   Talk to me. Even though I cannot always answer.   Be kind to me. Each day of my life is a desperate struggle.   Consider my feelings. They are still very ...

Bad Behavior - Swearing, Offensive Language & Inappropriate Comments

  When a normally loving father or mother is suddenly using the worst profanities, using offensive language or saying inappropriate things, family members are baffled as to why…and what to do about it. We've heard stories about parents who used to be mild-mannered, prop...

Bad Behavior - Refusing to Shower

  The issue of elders who were once reasonably clean refusing to take showers, wear fresh clothes and take care of personal hygiene is one that is far more common than most people think - and it's very frustrating for caregivers.       (Image) Phot...

Bad Behavior - Is Your Elderly Parent Turning on You?

Sometimes, elderly parents turn on the child that is trying so hard to take care of them and the result is abuse of the caregiver. Stories of mental, emotional, even physical abuse to the adult child are all-to-common.    (Image) Photo by CloudVisual on Unsplash   ...

What's Causing Bad Behavior in Seniors in the form of Rage, Anger, and Yelling?

Age and illness can intensify longstanding personality traits in some unpleasant ways: An irritable person may become enraged, an impatient person demanding and impossible to please. Unfortunately, the person taking care of the elderly parent is often the target.     (Im...

When Elders Don't Accept Outside Caregivers in the Home

When my Aunt had in home care, she liked a couple of the caregivers, she thought one was okay, and barely tolerated two others. I wasn't always there to witness her behavior, but I'd say that the caregivers were not particularly thrilled with her, either. Yet they did their job. (I...

Tax Implications for Caregivers or Loved Ones of Someone with a Disability

  So many changes have come into place over the last tax year that we wanted to pull out some information that will affect our audience. If you have a loved one with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or a disability and you also provide care for this person, there are some things you n...

Is the Change in Bathing Habits Due to Memory Loss, Confusion or Fear or the Combination of?

  If your elder has dementia, then you may have a more difficult situation on your hands. People can think they have just showered, but in reality that was last week. Or, they can become confused when they begin the process, and rather than tell someone they are confused, they just avoid...

Did You Know that Alzheimer's Qualifies for the Disability Tax Credit!

  The important item here is that you must have the form completed by the Doctor or Nurse Practitioner and that will take time - start the processes NOW! If you’re living with a medical disability you can receive up to $40,000 in tax credits from the Canadian government. In ...

Burning More Calories Associated with Reduced Alzheimer's Risk

    Whether people jog, swim, garden or dance, physically active older persons have larger gray matter volume in key brain areas responsible for memory and cognition, according to a study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UCLA.   ...

Common Symptoms in Alzheimer's Disease

  Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases.   Its signature brain pattern is low activity (blood flow) in the posterior cingulate gyrus, parietal lobes and temporal lobes. In later stages of Alzheimer’s, the low activity often extends into other ...

NEW YEARS BLESSING

    May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities, and promises. May evening find you gracious and fulfilled. May you go into the night blessed, sheltered, and protected. May your soul calm, console, and renew you. ...

20 Questions that Help Explain Why People with Dementia Get Agitated and Physically Aggressive

  I've come across these questions that you can ask yourself to help you understand why people with dementia and Alzheimer's frequently get agitated and aggressive. I invite you to read through the questions and take a moment to answer them... you may be surprised by the fee...

AN ALZHEIMER'S POEM

      Do not ask me to remember. Don't try to make me understand. Let me rest and know you're with me. Kiss my cheek and hold my hand. I'm confused beyond your concept. All I know is that I need you. Do not lose your...

10 WAYS TO CALM A SITUATION

  (Image)   When people feel trapped and terrified, they get agitated, anxious, and sometimes aggressive.   It's normal behaviour for human beings to lash out when they feel threatened, whether they have dementia or not.   Unfortunately, many p...

Halloween is becoming more popular than ever!

(Image)   Many of us celebrate the day for many weeks prior putting up decorations, getting into costumes - some scary some not. We may understand that the decorations that laugh eerily and the scary costumes are all in fun; however, it's also good to remember those in the famil...

Dementia in the Family

I wrote this for you, because I am not only the owner of Choice Dementia I’ve been where you are.   My dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2001 and at the beginning it wasn’t too bad at all.  At first it was just a word here or there then it went on to not be...

Risk Factors for Dementia That You Might Not Know About

  If we can arm ourselves with information and being aware of potential risk factors for developing dementia, we might be able to reduce the onset of this disease.       (Image)   In a recent piece on the Global News it was shared that there are 9...

Knowledge is Power - A Case for Cognition-Based Screening

(Image) Knowledge is power, and obtaining knowledge early can make it all the more powerful. In the case of dementia, early detection can mean early intervention and early protection, which is why researchers are now looking at cognition-based screening as a preemptive tool for staving off the ef...

Recipes To Keep Your Loved Ones Hydrated With Fruits & Vegetable

Strawberries and Coconut Water(Image) Ingredients   To make 2 Strawberry Mock tails combine: • 1 cup (250ml) of fresh coconut water • 1 cup (250 ml) strawberries hulled and sliced • 3 T of sugar syrup or agave nectar   Directions 1. To mak...

How to Keep Loved Ones from Dehydration

For many, the long-awaited summer months suggest family picnics, cool drinks on the porch, and lazy afternoons at the beach. But, as temperatures soar, warm weather activities can increase the risk for another staple of summer: dehydration. Not getting enough fluids, or electrolytes especially wh...

Wishing all of you incredible women the happiest of Mother's Days

    (Image)       From those you love and care for most it is a wonderful tribute and their honour to give you, their primary caregiver, their gratitude.   I'm sure you will hear: I LOVE YOU  Thank you You are the best ...

What to get the person with dementia for Christmas?

    (Image)   Kids get toys. Spouses drop hints about the gifts they hope to find under the tree. But what to give a friend or family member with dementia?   Even if short­term memory is spotty, chances are they still remember the fun of unwrapping...

Are all branch managers created equal? I think not

I asked if all Bank Branch Manager are alike so I could tell you the story of mine.  Jason Rosen not only knows who his small business clients are he promotes them! That’s right he promotes them.    This picture of us is on the day I was taking down my banner, removin...

Home Safety Check List for Loved Ones of Seniors

Here is a home safety check list if you are a loved one of a senior with dementia:   1. Do throw rugs create a tripping hazard? 2. Is the room cluttered with clothing, magazines, newspaper or other items? 3. Is there too much furniture for the space? 4. Does the senior la...

The Seniors HAFI Grant are YOU Eligible? Home modifications and adaptive devices

Replacing or placing items to ensure safety in your loved ones home: We in Canada have a fund available HAFI- follow this link to find out if you are eligible for the grant and what HAFI can do for you.  http://www.rew.ca/news/live-in-your-home-longer-with-hafi-grant-1.1341567 ...

Senior Home Safety Snapshot

(Image) The survey of ER doctors, seniors and adult children reveals that home isn’t always the safe haven that seniors and their loved ones dream about.   And adult children, their aging parents and emergency room doctors don’t always see things the same way.   ...

Trudeau Announces a Seniors Strategy to CARP

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal campaign buses rolled into Toronto this week to hold a CARP town hall meeting and announce a number of senior-friendly election promises.   Held at the Zoomerplex in Liberty Village (home of CARP and ZoomerMedia), Trudeau was introduced by CARP presiden...

Dementia, Income Tax and Disability Tax Credit

This may be a month that we all wish we could avoid - INCOME TAX - yikes!    Did you know that someone that has been diagnosed with dementia can apply for the Disability Tax Credit?   It's true...anyone who has been diagnosed with a dementia of any kind, includi...

4 Ways Video Games Are Good For You

Ask your grandkids to pass the video game controller – it's your turn to be youthful.    (Image) ColorBlind Images/Corbis          Playing video games can improve everything from vision to balance.   Although you may s...

Focusing on Dementia Care in Canada

(Image) I am honoured to be among some amazing speakers who will be sharing their expertise around Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, during Insight Information’s Western Canada Conference on Dementia Care, taking place on March 3 -4, 2016 in Vancouver, BC. Based on forecasts shared ...

Tis the Season: Tips to make holidays for all more enjoyable

Holidays can be bittersweet for families affected by Alzheimer's. Try these simple tips to make the holidays easier on everyone.   The "most wonderful time of the year" brings with it memories and mixed emotions that can be especially tough on already stressed caregiver...

Caregivers in Distress – More Respite Needed

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White Rock & Surrey Celebrate National Seniors Day

Your  White Rock Surrey Chapter of CARP is collaborating with the City of White Rock in its salute to seniors on October 1st.   After raising the CARP flag at City Hall, we invite you to celebrate with us as we thank Seniors and Zoomers for their contributions to our community o...
 

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