Latest by Christine Kennard

Is Social Drinking Harmful to People with Alzheimer's?

The social isolation that chronic diseases cause can be as difficult to cope with as the illness itself, for the person and for their caregivers. Having visits and going out are essential for a balanced healthy life but often social occasions involve ...

Therapeutic Garden Activities Help People with Alzheimer's

It is amazing to see the change in people with Alzheimer’s when you take them outside. People who live in residential homes, or are cared for in their own homes, often respond to a trip out with more socially acceptable behavior. Everyone likes to do ...

Robots as Future Caregivers

Tucked away amongst the tons of supplies recently blasted into space from Japan’s Space Center was a 34-centimeter high talking robot. It comes equipped with voice-and facial-recognition technology and will provide some level of companionship to Japa...

Difficult Caregivers?

In a very informative book about dementia Marc Agronin, MD., addresses one of the areas that causes problems for everyone, namely the ‘difficult’ caregiver. Dr. Agronin, a nationally known geriatric psychiatrist, writes about their disruptive tendenc...

Psychosis in Alzheimer's Disease

Psychosis is common in Alzheimer’s disease and affects between about 40 percent and 50 percent of people over the course of the disease. It causes significant distress to the patient and to families and caregivers. Psychosis itself does not describe ...

Anxiety in Caregivers

Anxiety is often automatically linked with stress. I suppose that is because those of us who have been, or are caregivers, know what a difficult job it can be at times. Although anxiety is different to stress, the features can overlap and the so too ...

Lucid Moments, Fluctuating Awareness and Dementia

I recall a psychiatric nurse telling me about a patient with dementia who had not spoken for years and appeared to show little awareness of changing circumstances. They were on a trip out from the hospital and the bus they were sitting in was backing ...

The Darker Side of Humor in Dementia Care

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 cooperati...

10 Tips to Help Your Loved One Adjust to Nursing Home Move

Moving your loved one into a nursing home is a decision that most people find very difficult. The transition from living at home to requiring nursing home care has often been prompted by a deterioration in their mental and physical state, but relativ...

Gender Influences on Alzheimer's Disease

Of the estimated 5.4 million Americans affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias nearly two thirds are women. There are still major gaps in our understanding of the roles sex and gender play in the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s dis...