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Medical Matters and Aging Seniors

Dementia Care Dos & Don

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Mid-to-late stage dementia often presents a variety of challenging behavioral problems. This discussion of common symptoms may help prepare you to effectively support a person with dementia.

What Patient Behavior Is Typical of Dementia?

Anger, confusion, anxiety, and sadness are a few of the emotional symptoms a dementia patient might experience. The overwhelming nature of these feelings often results in a range of unpredictable behaviors that requires the caregiver to be extremely patient. A dementia patient may become irritable and even belligerent, with little provocation. He or she may go in and out of being confused and disoriented, or even attempt to manipulate those around them. Struggling with communication is one of the most upsetting aspects of taking care of someone with Alzheimer

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Aging Parent Issues

Helping Dementia Patients

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A while ago, I wrote about some fascinating research in The Teplitz Report that was conducted by the Langer Mindfulness Institute where they took a group of 80-year-olds and tested them for vision and hearing, grip strength, memory and dexterity before being taken to a monastery that was decorated to replicate life in 1959. The decor also included photos of the participants when they were that age.

Everyone wore 1950s fashions and entertainment was all 1950s – TV shows, movies, books and music. They were also instructed to discuss sports and events that did happen during that era, but to talk about them in the present tense. They were told to think of themselves as actually being younger.

After five days, the participants did look younger and their scores on everything, including eyesight had improved. To me, the eyesight improvement in five days was a powerful outcome.

Well, there

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