Articles tagged with: Communicating

Important Tips for Communicating with Someone with Dementia

Posted by: The Bristal

People with dementia can often find it challenging to communicate. They may face difficulties in finding the right words to say or in maintaining their train of thought. They also may even speak less often. As a result, they may lose confidence, become frustrated and/or feel depressed, isolated or withdrawn.

For the caregiver, specific verbal communication skills and techniques can be learned to help prevent these feelings for someone with dementia.

Here are some helpful tips for caregivers to keep in mind:

Speak Clearly & Calmly. When talking to your loved one, speak clearly and calmly and at a slightly slower pace. Try … read more

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What are Warning Signs that Aging Parents Need Help?

Posted by: The Bristal

Most seniors want to live independently as long as they are able, but the time may come when your aging parents need more help. Unfortunately, it’s not always obvious when that time does come.

For example, you may wonder whether a loved one is experiencing memory loss—or simply the normal forgetfulness that occurs with aging. You may wonder if a parent needs to move from home to an assisted living community, or whether some other residential setting might be a better option.

Communicating with your aging parents may also pose a challenge. Many … read more

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Memory Books: Telling Your Senior’s Life Story

Posted by: The Bristal

“I wish you had known Mom when she was younger.”

“If only you could have gotten to know Dad before the Alzheimer’s.”

Have you ever said something like this? Sometimes you may feel as if Alzheimer’s or dementia has not only stolen memories but also diminished part of what made your loved one special. You may long for ways to preserve those memories and keep them alive.

One avenue for doing that is creating a “memory book”—a homemade compilation of photos, stories, and mementoes that help tell the life history of a person with dementia. A memory book can help create a … read more

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Caregiving and Siblings: Tips for Success

Posted by: The Bristal

Working with your siblings to provide care for an aging parent can be challenging. A lack of time, unresolved childhood issues and financial disputes can all raise the level of tension in families. Added to that stress is how difficult it is to witness the decline of a senior loved one. To help adult children navigate through this situation, we assembled a few tips other families found helpful.

Tips for Siblings When an Aging Parent Needs Help

• Conduct a Needs Assessment: Begin by objectively assessing your senior family member’s needs. What personal care activities are they no longer … read more

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Creating Quality Time: Dementia and Improvisation

Posted by: The Bristal

Spending quality time with someone who has dementia can become more difficult as their disease progresses. Many times adult children and family members aren’t quite sure how to deal with issues that commonly arise. When a senior with Alzheimer’s disease fails to remember important things such as where their home is or that a spouse has passed away, it isn’t easy to know how to respond.

Alzheimer’s experts have long encouraged families to “step into their world.” But for many, that advice isn’t enough. They aren’t sure what that really means and how to do it. Interestingly enough, the answers … read more

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Young Caregivers: A Growing Population

Posted by: The Bristal

Most of us associate caregivers with images of an elderly spouse or an adult daughter. But an estimated 1.3 to 1.4 million youth between the ages of eight and eighteen provide care for a loved one with a health condition. According to the American Association of Youth Caregiving, 72% of them are caring for a parent or grandparent on a regular basis. In a study commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 22% of high school drop-outs said caregiving duties were the reason they left school.

For some younger caregivers, the parent or grandparent they provide support to … read more

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Communicating with Your Aging Parent

Posted by: The Bristal

Adult children often struggle to find ways to communicate effectively with an aging parent. The reasons why range from how difficult the topics they may need to tackle are, to how hard it is for older adults to accept the losses that often occur with aging. While an adult child might be experiencing their peak performance at work and fulfillment at home, an elderly parent may be giving up driving and experiencing problems with their health. They may be trying to maintain control of independence as much as they can. The result can be friction and conflict.

7 Communication Tips … read more

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Talking to Your Child About Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by: The Bristal

When a much loved parent or aging family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, families often struggle to understand what that really means and how to cope. A common challenge is talking with their children about Alzheimer’s. Because the symptoms come and go in the early stages of the disease, kids frequently have difficulty understanding what is going on with a grandparent.

Kids frequently have difficulty understanding what is going on with a grandparent.

The Emotional Challenge of a Grandparent’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Because a grandparent still looks the same, it can be tough for children to understand they are … read more

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Dealing with Dementia: Creating Successful Moments

Posted by: Kate Schneider, Reflections Programming Specialist

As a first step towards dealing with dementia, it’s important to know that Alzheimer’s disease and dementia affect memories in different ways.

In order to promote successful moments in our loved one’s day, we must understand the very basic two categories of long-term memory. Please note that our brain and the matter in which our memory functions is very complex and miraculous. But if we can understand the basic differences of Procedural and Declarative memory we can better assist our loved ones with dementia.

Procedural (IMPLICIT) Memory (How to do something)

According to Steven P. Levin, MD “procedural memory is the most basic … read more

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