Latest by Christine Kennard

Behavior as an Expression of Unmet Needs in People with Late Stage Alzheimer's

It has been argued that much of human behavior is motivated by a group of hierarchical needs that have to be met. Abraham Maslow, a psychologist, suggests these needs must be met in a certain sequence beginning from basic and mostly physical levels o...

Kuru, A Very Rare Type of Dementia, Caused by Cannibalism

A recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine on research carried out by scientists at the Medical Research Council Prion Unit, shows that a strong genetic resistance to a disease called kuru (meaning trembling with fear) has occurred in a m...

Guide to Antipsychotic Drug Side Effects and Alzheimer's

Antipsychotic medications are used to control psychoses such as schizophrenia, but they can also be used to treat behavioral disturbances such as suspicion and paranoia associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Antipsychotic drugs, although not approved b...

Caregiver Skills for Managing Fecal Incontinence in Middle and Late Stage Alzheimer's

Fecal incontinence affects many people who have Alzheimer’s disease. It can occur at any stage of Alzheimer’s disease, but is more common in middle stage and very common in late stage Alzheimer’s. There are caregiving stratagies to improve and, in so...

Depressed or Just Giving Up on Life?

A question from Annie on OurAlzheimer’s posed a very interesting and disturbing question; “What can be suggested for anyone who no longer wants to live?” Annie wrote, “My grandma isn’t suicidal, she’s just tired of living. Anti-depression pills for i...

Is it Senescence, Senility, or Alzheimer's?

“My dad is only 68 but he’s always forgetting where he puts things. He sometimes can’t remember the right words when he talks and he can’t seem to keep up to speed with a conversation. Last week I found his pen in the fridge. Is this normal for his a...

Physical Care in Severe Late Stage Alzheimer's

The different stages of Alzheimer’s bring with them different problems. In late severe stage Alzheimer’s, the caregiver is now relied on to take the lead in directing and carrying out everyday tasks and looking out for all aspects of their care. You ...

8 Coping Strategies for Caregiver Stress

Caregiving can be rewarding, but it can as many of us know, be a nightmare. Caregiving carries a health warning. Caregivers go to their doctors for their own health problems 50% more often than non caregivers, they receive 70% more prescribed medicin...

Problem Behaviors in Mid-to-Late Stage Alzheimer's

Is He/She Being Difficult on Purpose? Responding to and dealing with hallucinations and delusions, refusing food, refusal to bathe or change clothes, hygiene issues, aggression, sexually inappropriate behavior and repetitive behaviors are all feature...

Caregiver Tips on Managing Confusion in Alzheimer's Disease

People with Alzheimer’s disease are inclined to become more and more confused as the disease progresses. You cannot stop the confusion as it results from the devastating damage that is occurring in the brain. However, you can help to reduce confusion ...