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Helping a Loved One with Alzheimer's

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Alzheimer's is a difficult disease for everyone involved to deal with. Being there and supportive for someone in your life with Alzheimer's is extremely important. This is a guide about helping a loved one with Alzheimer's.
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February 28, 2012

There is a doctor named Mary Newport that has made some wonderful discoveries regarding Alzheimer reversal by adding pure coconut oil to her husband's food. Within only days, there were amazing results. I understand she has now written a book chronicling her findings called "Alzheimer's Disease; What If There Was A Cure?" Sounds very promising. Hope you find this helpful

By Deb S. from Chesterfield, MI

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March 1, 2012

Alzheimer's is a type of dementia. There are many other types of dementia. It bothers me when people always say 'Alzheimer's'. My husband has FTD Dementia. Michael J. Fox has Parkinson's dementia. There is also Huntington's dementia, ALS dementia, and many others. It would be nice if one would say 'dementia', or 'type of dementia' instead of always calling dementia 'Altzheimer's'. It is very hard on the caregiver, and they need to be recognized also. :o)

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By linda from Sarcoxie, MO

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March 3, 2012

I have no tip for preventing or curing this awful disease, but I have a dear friend who works at a care facility for advanced Alzheimer and brain damaged adults. Her main suggestion is to never, ever argue with them. Instead redirect, refocus, or just go along with them with delay tactics or, if necessary, lie.

Correcting and arguing with them only leads to an emotional situation which serves no purpose. Instead say something like, "I'm busy right now. Let's go see Bob later today." or "I really like your shirt. Can we find a jacket (tie, sweater, etc.) that will go with it?" or "After lunch we'll look for the tools you are missing. I'll help you find them, but not until after lunch." If they want to see their husband, wife or son who is dead and then you insist that they really understand that that person is no longer living, you will only causes anguish, grief and unnecessary pain.

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The point being that delay and refocus allows their attention to be drawn elsewhere and there is no friction.

They seem to thrive on useful and repetitive activities such as sorting beads or zipping and unzipping something; some also enjoy tactical experiences such as touching soft, furry item alongside something rougher like sandpaper.

Just some thoughts and suggestions. Blessings to all who are dealing with this with a loved one.

By Elaina Monteiro from Kingman, AZ

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July 9, 2008

It's trial and error with a parent living in a group homes' "memory care" for dementia. Remembering that entertainment is variable with each person's interest, ability, attention span, health, preferences, understanding/ comprehension, and memories. I have to be ever-observant while with my mother, making best use of every precious moment.

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October 24, 20060 found this helpful

My 77 year old father has Alzheimer's disease and I haven't got a clue what to get him for christmas. Any idea's would be welcome.

Tulapip from Hampshire UK

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October 25, 20060 found this helpful
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What is you make him a family video diary. There are tons of computer programs that offer the support you need to do this. They are quite easy to make. You can round up years of family photos, home movie clips, new family clips can be made, talk about "favorite memories or past-times", maybe add vacation exerps...

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Then he can watch this over and over and over.

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October 25, 20060 found this helpful
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Hi Tulapip!!! I like the idea of the family video diary. I thought a scrap book of family and friends would be nice, too (with names, places, etc). He can "thumb" through it any time. May God bless you and your family :) My mother in law has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, also.

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By TD (Guest Post)
October 25, 20060 found this helpful
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I have read about Alzheimer studies that show that one type of memory that doesn't seem to be affected is musical memory. Many patients with severe memory loss can still remember and play music they've heard throughout their lives. Anyway, I thought it might be nice to get some recordings of music that was popular when he was young. Having something he'll find familiar and comforting might make him happy.

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By mary Ann (Guest Post)
October 25, 20060 found this helpful
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Maybe something like a busy board. We had a man in nursing home I worked in and they took a square of plywood(or something) and put a hasp ,and other things he could "workwith.

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It has been many years now so hard for me to remember all that was on it but maybe the idea will inspire someone to come up with something like it for you. God Bless.

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October 26, 20060 found this helpful
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Make a family photo album with stories----make it into a book!
Make a basket with things that comfort him----things he loves or used to love.
Take him for car rides where he grew up or just out and about.

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By Donna (Guest Post)
October 27, 20060 found this helpful
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I made tapes of my Dad's favorite music from his earlier years.....They seened to sooth him and some days appeared to make him more aleart. Hope this idea helps...Good luck

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October 28, 20060 found this helpful
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warm fleece blanket and sturdy bedroom slippers

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By LRP (Guest Post)
October 31, 20060 found this helpful
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i knew someone who had that situation and the elderly would leave the house for a walk. yet on returning would forget the way. for safety of you father i suggest an identification bracelet or necklace.

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By 0 found this helpful
February 17, 2010

Awhile back someone sent in some ideas about treating Alzheimer's using ginkgo and another vitamin. I would really appreciate getting that information again.

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February 17, 20100 found this helpful

Ginkgo Biloba for Alzheimer's Disease: Alzheimers Information

Ginkgo Biloba
Alternative treatments for Alzheimer's disease
Ginkgo biloba is a Chinese medicine that has been used for centuries. Ginkgo is one of the most popular herbs in the USA and Europe. The medicine is extracted from leaves of the ginkgo biloba tree and is believed to improve brain function.

Research however shows only minimal benefits. Various studies claim ginkgo biloba has;
antioxidant properties
antinflammatory properties

There is some evidence that ginkgo inhibits the formation of beta-amyloid, a protein that forms amyloid plaques in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease

Ginkgo biloba is also thought to increase cerebral circulation, blood flow to the brain.
The difficulty of stating absolutes about ginkgo's effectiveness is that research findings vary in their results. Some clinical trials do show some small positive effects on people with Alzheimer's disease, other studies no effect.

At the present time there is no evidence that ginkgo biloba will cure or prevent Alzheimer's disease. One large scale clinical research project by the National Institute on Aging may soon give us more insight into the therapeutic effects of ginkgo and whether it prevents dementia.

Dosage of ginkgo biloba
A dosage of 120mg a day of ginkgo biloba broken into two or three dosages is typical.
I take it almost every day, it helps me, good luck.

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February 19, 20100 found this helpful

I have been in healthcare for almost 20 years now. Alzheimer's is my area of "specialty". I cared for my grandmother who had it. This is a truly difficult disease. Any supplementation should be reviewed by a doctor. Even though there are natural treatments and supplements out there, please know that they also have side effects. One side effect of Ginkgo is that it can "thin" the blood. This may be dangerous if a person is already taking aspirin or other blood thinners (like coumadin, etc.). The greatest benefits come when a physician and patient (or family) are all on the same page and up to date on communication.

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