Latest by Christine Kennard

The ABC's of Managing Challenging Behavior in Alzheimer's Disease

In previous Shareposts I have talked about ways of approaching and dealing with the more difficult aspects of Alzheimer’s disease such as wandering behavior, disinhibited or inappropriate sexual behavior. For a variety of reasons which often include ...

Detecting Dementia in Highly Educated People

A great deal of literature exists as to the association between low levels of education and an increased risk of dementia. Much less information is available regarding highly educated people and dementia. Available data points to a steeper rate of de...

Coping with Disinhibited and Inappropriate Sexual Behavior

There have been a number of questions on OurAlzheimer’s.com about the difficulties of coping with disinhibited and inappropriate sexual behavior exhibited by people with Alzheimer’s disease. I thought it might be helpful to try to address some of the ...

Mouth Care Tips for Caregivers of People with Alzheimer's Disease

When people have Alzheimer’s disease they are sometimes unable to accurately communicate their needs. Sometimes a reason for disturbed behavior can be that the person is feeling uncomfortable, is in pain or is just plain bored. So when we are giving ...

Short Term Use of Antipsychotic Drugs in Older People with Dementia Risky

It is estimated that 3-10 percent of all hospital admissions for elderly patients are due to adverse drug reactions. Thirty percent of all prescribed drugs in the US are taken by people over the age of 65 years and it is projected that by the year 20...

Long-term Use of Ibuprofen Cuts Alzheimer's Risk

Long term use of the painkiller ibuprofen when taken for more than five years has been found to decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 40 percent. Published in the Journal of Neurology, this large scale study demonstrated that the type of Non-St...

Hallucinations and Alzheimer's Disease

Hallucinations are not uncommon in Alzheimer’s disease and usually occur in the middle/moderate stage of the disease. Hallucinations can affect any of the senses, so a person may hear, see, taste, touch or smell things that are not really there. Hall...

Different Stages of Alzheimer's Require Different Methods of Caregiving

Because people with Alzheimer’s disease are a diverse group of individuals from different backgrounds and different lifestyles, activities need to be tailored accordingly. However, there are reasons why some activities may be better than others depen...

Intimacy and Dementia: Is There a Time to Stop Having Sex?

Intimacy with Dementia: Is There a Time to Stop Having Sex? The issue of expressed sexuality during dementia remains something of a taboo. Within residential settings the complexity of the topic is often compounded by the attitudes of caregivers or e...

What is Sundowning?

Sundowning is a term used with Alzheimer’s in order to describe behaviour difficulties that can occur in the late afternoon, evening or night hours. Just how common sundowing is can be difficult to assess as many people with dementia are cared for in ...