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Guide to Living with Dementia: Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Guide to Living with Dementia | Homewatch CareGivers

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and dementia is the first step to understanding and living with memory loss.

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Dementia Care Tips

More than 5 million people are living with a form of dementia in the U.S. and Canada today. Homewatch CareGivers understands that dementia brings endless changes, challenges and concerns to not only the person diagnosed, but the entire family. Browse through our Dementia Care Tips to find hands-on, no-nonsense advice for families living with dementia. Look for tips related to preserving skills and function, coping with symptoms, and preventing caregiver burnout.

Section 1: Preserving Skills and Function

For individuals living with dementia, quality of life is largely determined by the environment. These helpful tips will offer small environmental changes that can yield a positive impact.

 

Mealtime Success                                    

Object Identification & Manipulation

Driving Skills & Safety

Executive Function & Abstract Thinking

The Music Connection

Face and Name Recognition

Memory Recall                                 

Attention Span & Concentration

Personal Hygiene   

Suggested Activities for Stage 1 Alzheimer's 

Physical Exercise

Suggested Activities for Stage 2 Alzheimer's

Daily Journal

Household Chores and Upkeep

Tasks of Daily Living                      

Verbal Skills
Ten Tips to Prevent Dementia-Related Falls

Section 2: Coping with Symptoms

There are many tools and coping strategies available for those diagnosed with dementia and their family members. These practical tips can create awareness of possible triggers, and provide coaching for family and friends when symptoms occur.

 

Refocus Attention                      

Structure and Routine

Personality Changes

Agitation and Aggression

The 5 Rs

Anxiety & Depression

Wandering                 

Rummaging, Pillaging & Hoarding

Catastrophic Reactions

Sleep Disturbances and Insomnia 

Time & Place Orientation

Injuries and Medical Emergencies

Loss of Initiative

Handling Mood Swings
Loss of Focus Coping with Personality Changes

Demonstrating How Music Can Help


Section 3: Support for Caregivers

The emotional and psychological impact of caring for individuals living with dementia can create severe physical and emotional issues for the family caregiver. These insightful tips will provide new perspective and skills for managing the care of a loved one.  

 

Never Stands Still

Acceptance Versus Denial

The Long Goodbye

Verbal Communication

Anxiety & Depression

Therapeutic Fibbing and Diversion

Holidays and Traditions             

Alzheimer's Association Resources

THINK PEACE

Home Safety

Stress-Induced Illness

Anti-Stress Diet for Caregivers 

Support Groups for Caregivers 

Safety Precautions

Hospice

Explaining, Excusing, and Defending
In-Home Assistance
vs. Nursing Home
The 10 Warning Signs of Stress

Visit our resources library for more helpful information on how to best care for your loved ones.


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Pathways to Memory is Homewatch CareGivers’ unique approach to dementia care. This specialized form of care features one-on-one interaction and attention and provides social interaction and companionship to the person living with dementia. Pathways to Memory keeps clients safe and improves the quality of life for everyone involved. Each in-home caregiver trained in the dementia care program is uses a positive, failure-free approach that makes a calm and supportive environment to bolster self-esteem when a person is most vulnerable.

Caregivers can create meaningful moments for the entire family, bringing all involved closer together when they need to be able to depend on each other. Pathways to Memory is a coping solution for everyone involved, creating a circle of trust, communication and support. Learn More.