Behavioral Problems

This statement that has been repeated by numerous experts in the field of aging. Behavioral problems are often related to cognitive issues. Your family member may hide his valuables because when looking in the mirror, he saw someone else, a stranger''the very stranger who has been hiding all those items now missing, or who may steal his possessions. Hoarding may be triggered by recollections of childhood memories (such as the Depression) that have no relevance at all...

Wandering

Wandering is the repetitive, sometimes incessant, behavior of roaming, pacing, or attempting to leave home. It is a major concern for those caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease. Persons with AD wander for a variety of possible reasons. They may be industrious, with a specific purpose in mind in search of a specific person or destination, attempting to escape a discomfort or condition (imaginary or real) or they may just be meandering aimlessly. Mv father has Alzheimer's disease and has...

Cad Lettering

Including your family member's name in the sign makes it more personal and effective, making the point that the sign is intended for him. Eliminate intermediate interpretive steps that may or may not be successful. For example, photographs of plates and dishes on the appropriate kitchen cabinet may work well, while pictures of plates and dishes drawn by your grandchildren may An effective sign is clearly lettered. Adding your family member's name to a sign tells him that the message is for him....

Mobility

As Alzheimer's disease continues to affect your loved one's abilities and disrupt the signals traveling throughout the brain, mobility will become a problem. At first the obstacles may be cognitive, getting lost or failing to recognize the drug store. As time goes on the problems begin to manifest themselves in more significant and physical ways walking, using the stairs or a walker, until eventually even getting out of bed becomes too risky. In this chapter we will examine mobility...

Preparing Your Home

Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease (AD) need not be an overwhelming burden. The more planning, thinking, and constructive action you take early in caregiving, the easier it will be for the entire family to cope. Preparing your home and family for living with Alzheimer's is not so difficult, when you know what to do. The difficulties you encounter are not unique. They have been faced by many other families coping with this disease. Because caregivers have been so willing to share their...

Activities of Daily Living

Activities of daily living are the typical day-to-day tasks and basic functions necessary to live independently, sustain, and care for oneself eating, dressing, bathing, toileting, ambu-lation, and continence. For our purposes we will also consider secondary tasks, not necessary for survival, but part of everyday life cooking, laundry, housekeeping, bill paying, banking, etc. These are referred to as instrumental activities of daily living. Thirdly, our lives are composed of many other...