Dealing with behavioral, mood and emotional changes of your loved one suffering from Alzheimer's disease can be unsettling and alarming to family and caregivers. However, it's important to remember that the mood swings are typically linked to confusion in a situation, being overwhelmed or a medical problem, such as a urinary tract infection. Remember to stay calm, speak slowly and and be patient. The mood swings are a result of the disease rather than a personal attack.
We use humor a lot in dementia care. It is a great caregiver coping tool when things get stressful. Provoking laughter and providing amusement helps us form relationships and bond with patients. Humor can also defuse tensions and enlist the cooperation of people with Alzheimer’s to carry out activities of daily living. Humor has the power to…