Latest by Christine Kennard

How Should Nursing Care Homes Cope with Aggression and Violence?

A reader of OurAlzheimer’s.com is very upset. A loved one has been asked to leave a care home because he is exhibiting challenging behavior. It is not an uncommon situation. There are however a number of things you can establish when trying to decide ...

Normal Aging or Alzheimers?

One of the most frequently asked questions on OurAlzheimer’s is, do I have Alzheimer’s or is my memory loss just a sign that I am getting old? It is true that historically we used to associate memory loss and changes in thinking as a natural part of ...

Psychological Wellbeing of the Bedridden Alzheimer's Patient

When we are caregivers to bedridden people with Alzheimer’s it is often their physical needs that take priority. Preventing bed sores, urinary tract and respiratory infections, coping with incontinence, constipation, trying to cope with a poor dietar...

Psychological Reactions to a Diagnosis of Alzheimer's

Learning you have Alzheimer’s disease is never easy. However it is important that caregivers understand that each person’s psychological reaction is an individual experience. You cannot understand their reaction by simply observing his or her behavio...

Tips for Reinforcing Identity in People with Alzheimer's

Caregivers have many roles and one of the most valuable is to support the skills of people with Alzheimer’s and to help maintain their sense of identity and self worth. People with dementia are, in many ways, no different to any other people. In thei...

Coping with the Bereavement of a Loved One with Alzheimer's

The loss of a relative with dementia has certain distinctive qualities. Typically, their care will touch the lives of the spouse and adult children. From what we know, it is often the spouse who experiences grief during the process of caregiving as w...

Does Alzheimer's Destroy Personality?

One of the most commonly assumed effects of a progressive neurological disease like Alzheimer’s is that it must ultimately change the personality of the sufferer. Even questioning such an assertion may seem bizarre when simple observation tells us th...

Early and Mid Stage Alzheimer's and the Dying Process

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 ...

Ten Things to Do To Prevent Falls in Elderly Patients

Falls are very common in people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia associated with cognitive impairment (the ability to think, concentrate, formulate ideas, reason and remember). Falls are also common in people over the age of 75 years. Her...

Caregiver Tips on Coping with Swallowing Problems

Difficulty swallowing solids or fluids is referred to as dysphagia. It is common in late stage Alzheimer’s and other late stage dementias. Swallowing is an amazingly complex function and there are many points at which damage to the brain and muscle w...