……..It’s not always bad. There’s good research on this about happiness and diagnoses. When people get diagnosed with a chronic terminal medical condition, oftentimes their mood can decrease, but if you give it enough time, usually they kind of bounce back a little bit – they start to cope with this,……
A new study suggests that caregivers need and want to access support resources and that perhaps the experience of caregiving has made them consider the possibility of their own future needs. And there is no doubt that the current number and expected increase in the foreseeable future of individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease will necessitate it.
The Advocate has a great article about why Alzheimer’s patients become so isolated:
For the most part, when someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. friends and family members become afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing around them so they avoid contact altogether. Socialization dwindles, and the individual becomes isolated and alone.
Humans were long believed to be the only animals to get Alzheimer’s disease. But recent research suggests that one of our close relatives, the chimpanzee, may also develop very similar hallmarks of the illness.
There is a small but unique study to see if jogging memories where they were made can help older African-Americans stay mentally sharp and slow early memory loss. The link for today has the whole story.
Yesterday I attended a class at the Alzheimer Association to become a speaker on occasions for them. With me walked in a teenager who also took the course. He is 16 years old and his grandma has Alzheimer’s and he has seen from close by and now is determined to raise awareness for the cause. Great guy. In the link the Alzheimer’s Association which has such a wealth of resources that it should really be everyone’s first stop when confronted with the disease.
The National Institute on Aging has created a 44-page booklet with a checklist to make each room in the home a safer environment for someone with dementia. Alzheimer’s progresses differently in each person, but here are some general principles that may be helpful to everyone who is going to be involved in your alzheimer’s care.
At MUSIC & MEMORY℠, they help people in nursing homes and other care organizations who suffer from a wide range of cognitive and physical challenges to find renewed meaning and connection in their lives through the gift of personalized music.
See the innovative approach Carlijn Valk, a Dutch Industrial Designer working on her Ph.D. has used to bring nature closer to elderly patients with dementia and how it has helped them feel positive and think back about their past experiences.