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* Supporting A Loved One Who Is An Alzheimer's Caregiver
1. Offer to Help With a Specific Task or Tasks on a Weekly Basis: First of all, don’t say “Let me know if I can do anything to help” or “Call me if you need anything.” These statements force the caregiver to request help, something many are not willing to do.The best thing is to assess the situation and then offer to help with one or more specific tasks. For example, you might say, “I’d like to stay with your loved one for a half day each week so you can get some respite” Or “May I mow your lawn every week?”
2. Be Persistent in Offering Help: Since many caregivers feel they should be able to do it all by themselves, you may well encounter resistance when you offer to help. The Mayo Clinic in an article entitled “Alzheimer’s: How to Help a Caregiver,” says that “If your offers of help aren’t accepted, be gently persistent.”
3. Listen Very Carefully to the Caregiver: Listening to the person —really listening—is one of the best ways to provide support. Dianne Schilling, writing on Forbes.com, discusses 10 steps to effective listening:
(a) face the speaker and maintain eye contact; (b) be attentive, but relaxed; (c) keep an open mind; (d) listen to the words and try to picture what the speaker is saying; (e) don’t interrupt and don’t impose your “solutions”; (f) wait for the speaker to pause to ask clarifying questions; (g) ask questions only to ensure understanding; (h) Try to feel what the speaker is feeling and give the speaker regular feedback; and (h) pay attention to what isn’t said—to nonverbal cues.
4. Don’t Try to Fix the Problem: This advice, which applies equally for listening to people with any problem, is especially important. This is because people with a problem typically just want to be heard. So listen carefully and acknowledge how the person is feeling.
5. Watch Your Language:
Don’t Say “What a Shame” When the Person Passes Away: Saying it’s a shame tends to diminish the person with the illness, which can upset the caregiver. It’s best not to say this unless you’re sure the loved one feels the same way. Don’t Say “It’s a Blessing” When the Person Passes Away: Some caregivers may be deep in the clutches of grief and may be devastated that the person died, no matter how advanced their state of disease was. Saying it’s a blessing would tend to minimize their grief.
Don’t Say “He/She Is in a Better Place.” This, too, tends to minimize the person’s grief. Besides, the caregiver may not believe in an afterlife. You might acknowledge the death by simply saying, “I’m sorry for your loss.” Thus, you’ve acknowledged their grief and shown your regret at their loss.
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Support groups are regularly scheduled, free gatherings of persons who are providing care for persons with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder. The primary purpose of these groups is to provide education and knowledge about the disease and caregiver skills. Groups remind caregivers they are not alone, give them a chance to say what they are feeling in a supportive environment, learn new strategies and resources in the community and foster support networks.
Jul 24th 11:00-12:00 pm
Jul 25th 6:00-7:00 pm
Collingwood, ON Canada:
Jul 26th 1:30-3:00 pm
West Palm Beach, FL:
Jul 27th 2:00 pm
Jul 28th 12:00-1:00 pm
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Health Day News: Nearly three dozen new Alzheimer's drugs may begin clinical trials in the next five years, researchers say. That includes 27 drugs in phase 3 clinical trials, which are later in the drug review process. It also includes eight drugs in phase 2 clinical trials, according to an analysis by ResearchersAgainstAlzheimer's (RA2) investigators, an UsAgainstAlzheimer's network.
Science Daily: A team of researchers led by Cardiff University has identified two genes that influence a person's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. The new finding, which builds on the team's previous work of identifying 24 susceptibility genes, enables a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying the disease and offers further hope in developing new treatments.
Medical News Today: Researchers from Missouri reveal that blood test screening may identify markers of Alzheimer's disease before individuals begin to experience memory loss and confusion. This finding is a significant step toward predicting disease risk.
Washington Post: A significant portion of people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia who are taking medication for Alzheimer’s may not actually have the disease, according to interim results of a major study underway to see how PET scans could change the nature of Alzheimer’s diagnosis and treatment.
NPR: In nursing homes and residential facilities around the world, health care workers are increasingly asking dementia patients questions: What are your interests? How do you want to address us? What should we do to celebrate the life of a friend who has passed away? The questions are part of an approach to care aimed at giving people with memory loss and other cognitive problems a greater sense of control and independence. At its core is the idea that an individual with dementia should be treated as a whole person and not "just" a patient.
Lazy Summer Days ~ HubPages
The sweet smell of cut grass clings to my back
Where four leaf clover grows beside the track
The oxeye daisy said he loves me lots
We kissed in the mist, midst forget-me-knots
The fingers of summer caressed my face
With long lazy days, there's no need for haste
The morning dew drops on a blade of grass
Traps the rainbow and sparkles like cut glass
Honeysuckle, jasmine, and rose perfume
Pervade the air from each perfect bloom
The blackbirds are busy flapping their wings
Fetching and carrying food for fledgelings
Bees busy making honey for the queen
In the meadow of red yellow and green
Wildflowers swaying untamed in the breeze
Releasing pollen for bees and for sneeze
Cherries and berries, sweet apples, and pears
Harvest of plenty divided into shares
Some for the birds, for the wasp, and the ants
The rest, for me to make jam with my aunts
Far in the distance happy voices ring
Children sing songs about an ancient king
The dog chased a lizard into the pond
Dragonflies hovered and fluttered around
Those lazy summer days end much too soon
Birds heading South by the light of the moon
They seek the sun, but one day they'll return
To long summer days for which the heart yearns
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