Giving care to people who are dying and who also have early or mid stage Alzheimer's is easier if you are aware of a number of difficulties that cognitive impairment has on their experience and behavior. Alzheimer's does not make death any easier or more difficult for caregivers. As your loved one enters the last weeks and days of their life there is a lot to contend with. Sorrow, anticipatory bereavement and sometimes pleasure when an interaction/time spent remind you of the loss to come. I have put together some information that has been helpful to me that may be useful to you.
As well as being a symptom of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, confusion is also a symptom of physical conditions such as poor oxygen levels, common for example in heart and lung disease. High levels of chemicals poisonous to the body, for example, high urea and creatinine common in kidney disease and in diseases of the brain such as tumors, may can also cause confusion....
Is your pain worse in the morning? At times, that pain at dawn is the worst pain of the day. We tend to be vulnerable this time of day because the muscles are stiff, the mind is not completely awake, the blood pressure is low, and the medications are losing their effectiveness. Breaking this daily pain cycle can be a matter of improving your sleep posture, changing your morning routine or changing your medications. Explore the ways to start your day with less pain.
Sleep Posture : Spending five, six or seven hours in a poor sleep posture is going to cause you to wake up in pain. Poor sleep postures can be fixed with a good mattress and some well placed pillows. Millions of people - including me - wake up in less pain by using the Tempur-Pedic mattresses and pillows . A body pillow is also worth trying because it can help you avoid sleeping in a twisted or rotated position. A pillow between the knees or a pillow at the small of your waist are also worth considering; eventually, yo...
Last week , I proposed that we conceptualize bipolar as a “cycling” illness where we transition through overlapping “phases” rather than as an “episodic” illness where we ping-pong back and forth between discrete symptomatic “states.”
In essence, we treat the cycle rather than the episode and its symptoms.
This is hardly a new idea, but it has yet to catch on in practice. In a comment, Tabby noted that her first doctor told her, “we have to treat the cycle, not the symptoms,” then he proceeded to load her up on meds.
It’s not my place here to second-guess how doctors treat their patients, but I am entitled to call out individuals on their egregious failure in logic. Tabby’s doctor, of course, only gave lip-service to the cycle. Then he proceeded to pharmaceutically carpet-bomb the two “poles” in bipolar at once.
This is the conventional wisdom that I have h...
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