Caregivers in Atlanta Reveal How to Deal with the Hardest Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Caregivers in AtlantaFor those providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, a number of complicated effects must be carefully managed, but perhaps the most challenging include hallucinations, illusions, and suspicions that other people are out to cause harm or ill will. Mistaken impressions such as these develop typically in the later periods of progressive dementia as a result of changes within the brain. It is vital to first understand the reasons behind these feelings and behaviors, and to manage the underlying cause. [Read more…]

The 3 Steps to Take with Alzheimer’s Memory Loss from the North Atlanta Home Care Experts

North Atlanta Home Care Alzheimer’s disease alters someone’s mind so that memories pertaining to current events are forgotten or mixed up while memories about the more remote past often stay intact. This can cause prior times to make more sense to someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia than the present. With these effects from Alzheimer’s memory loss occurring, a person’s alternate reality could actually be the person’s strategy of making sense of the present through earlier memories.

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Light Therapy and Its Fascinating Connection Between Sleep and Alzheimer’s

Connection between Sleep and Alzheimer’sResearch scientists are shedding some new light on strategies to potentially have an impact on Alzheimer’s disease: light therapy. The benefits of light are only just beginning to be tapped into, and already are showing some intriguing and promising results between sleep and Alzheimer’s.

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Five Ways to Provide More Respectful Care for Those with Alzheimer’s

Lalja Wheelchair StoregadeLet’s be honest: caring for a loved one with dementia is tough. And with its fluctuating symptoms and multifaceted challenges, you may feel overwhelmed and uncertain about how to provide the most appropriate care. In the midst of the increased need for hands-on care, it can be easy to overlook one important aspect of dementia care: maintaining the senior’s dignity.

At Regency Home Care, we understand firsthand these challenges, and have devoted special training and attention to ensuring that our clients with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are cared for at all times with the utmost respect.

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Boost Your Creativity, Boost Your Memory

Alzheimer's careMemories and imagery arise when reading poetry, triggering stories of days past. Recently, University of Exeter researchers have been exploring poetry’s affect on the brain, and they’ve found that reading poetry can stimulate areas of the brain linked to memory. [Read more…]

Learn How Kindness Trumps Agitation in Alzheimer’s Patients

dementia careIf your loved one struggles with the effects of Alzheimer’s, each day may feel like a roll of the dice – will today be a good day or a bad day? The challenging behaviors of Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult to deal with, but there’s a new tool available now to help Alzheimer’s caregivers better handle such difficult behaviors as agitation and aggression, and may even help reduce the use of antipsychotics. [Read more…]

Behavior and Mood Stabilization in Alzheimer’s Is Now a Reality!

Alzheimer's careWithout a doubt, one of the most challenging aspects of Alzheimer’s is the disturbing and often unpredictable swings in behavior and mood, taking a toll on both the person suffering from Alzheimer’s and those who care for him or her. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the personality changes experienced can be the determining factor for families in deciding whether it’s possible to keep their loved one at home, or if a move to a residential facility is necessary. [Read more…]

Vitamin D and Alzheimer’s – The Surprising Connection

Vitamin D Alzheimer's care AtlantaWe all know that vitamin D is essential for strengthening bones through promoting the absorption of calcium, but new research points to a surprising new benefit as well: lowering the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Conducted by the University of Exeter Medical School, the research team had expected to see a correlation between vitamin D deficiencies and dementia, but were stunned to discover the strength of that connection – a 53% increased risk of developing dementia in seniors with a moderate deficiency in vitamin D, and a whopping 125% in those who were severely deficient. [Read more…]

Could Sundowning Be Curable?

Alzheimer's care Regency Home Care of North AtlantaFor those with loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s disease, sundowning is unfortunately all too familiar: restlessness, anxiety, or agitation during the evenings, compounded by fragmented sleep patterns. While it’s been thought that the culprit was a broken biological clock in Alzheimer’s patients, causing the inability to regulate the body’s sleep-wake system, new research is proving otherwise. Rather than an irreversible break, it seems more likely that it’s a matter of a disconnect – and potentially, there’s a way to correct it.
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Advice for Traveling with a Loved One Who Has Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's careFor a healthy individual, the changes of scenery and pace that come with vacation travel, even on short jaunts, can be a refreshing way to unwind and renew one’s spirit. For those who suffer from any form of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, changes of place and surroundings can sometimes present unwanted anxiety and confusion. When care is taken, in many cases these challenges can be overcome or worked around with a little ingenuity. [Read more…]