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Progressive Relaxation, Anyone?

Progressive Relaxation, Anyone?

Have caregivers used Progressive Relaxation as a way to reduce their own stress? This technique has you listen to a soothing voice (with calming music) while you systematically clench and relax various muscle groups. I had found this technique useful several years ago, but I plan on returning to its use now that I am responsible for my wife’s care.

A myALZteam Member said:

Me too!

posted 4 days ago

Is Parkinsos A Type Of Dementia?

Is Parkinsos A Type Of Dementia?

My husband was diagnosed with vascular dementia earlier this year. His tremors have gotten very bad. The dr doesn't know if it is essential tremors or Parkinsons since they happen when at rest and movement. He referred him to a movement disorder specialist neurologist for evaluation. Someone said Parkinsons is a form of dementia.

A myALZteam Member said:

I didn't know that dementia and Parkinson's were connected. This explains a bit about what is going on with my husband. It is becoming more difficult… read more

posted 10 days ago

Chosing Lockable Pill Dispenser.

Chosing Lockable Pill Dispenser.

My mom with alzheimer is constantly double dipping into next days meds in the blisterpac
Has anyone had luck with the lockable pills dispenser. It lights up and there's an alarm to remind her to take the meds. I cant be over there each time she takes them
These machines are expensive and hope it will work.
Thanks everyone.

A myALZteam Member said:

Yes, the dispenser worked for us for about two years. Now my husband flips it over to stop the alarm but that’s it. I have to take the pills from under… read more

posted 11 days ago

My Mother Is Constantly Asking Us To Take Her Home (she Is At Home). Suggestions?

My Mother Is Constantly Asking Us To Take Her Home (she Is At Home). Suggestions?

This happens from the time she wakes up until she goes to bed at night. She has started getting verbally aggressive sometimes when we tell her she is at home. Today she threatened to slap my dad if he didn't take her home right then. He's 87 and I also worry about his health as well.
She seems to have gotten much worse in the last couple weeks. She used to recognize the house much of the time, now she never does.

A myALZteam Member said:

My latest tactic is just telling Kate what I have to do first. Like I have to do the dishes first or I have to go to the bathroom... anything to… read more

posted 4 days ago

What Do You Do/say When Your Loved One Constantly Asks To Be Taken Home When They Are In Their Own House?

What Do You Do/say When Your Loved One Constantly Asks To Be Taken Home When They Are In Their Own House?

I think what my mom really wants is to go back her home 40+ years ago when she was taking care of her own mother and her aunt. She is constantly looking for them and worried that they need her and she can't find them.

A myALZteam Member said:

Great ideas. Being they live in the past, just by assuring her that they are being taken care of. Tell her maybe tomorrow, I doubt she will remember.… read more

posted 13 days ago

Has Anyone Else Read "36 Hour Day"?

Has Anyone Else Read "36 Hour Day"?

My husband's neurologist recommended our family read it.

A myALZteam Member said:

Yes! A coworker recommended I read it, as well as "Creating Moments of Joy" by Jolene Brackey - both very good books!!! I skip around a lot in the books… read more

posted 9 days ago

Is Urinating In Bedside Garbage Can Common

Is Urinating In Bedside Garbage Can Common

My mother moved in with our family a couple months ago. She does go my brother’s house on Saturdays to spend the day and evening with him. Recently on two seperate occasions when emptying her bedroom garbage can, there was quite a bit of urine soaked with Kleenex. When taking the bag from the can, some urine actually dripped from the bag. I was shocked and wondered how exactly this happened. Is she actually urinating directly into the can? Mom is not in the late stage… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

Great suggestions. Not at that point yet, but.....

posted 13 days ago

Does Later Stages Pf Alzheimers Cause A Loved One To Start Stealing?

Does Later Stages Pf Alzheimers Cause A Loved One To Start Stealing?

My mother moved in with our family a couple months ago. I’ve been noticing that mom has been taking things and placing or even hiding things in her room. The first items were a bottle of Tide, Downy, Tide Pods and a few other items. She had placed them in one of those large gift bags. I was shocked to be honest. I was not sure how to respond so i simply said. “Oh mom, we need these things to do our laundy. If you need things, i would be happy to… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

Daniel, my mom
Hoards stuff also. We have slowly taking pick up truck loads to dump and donation since moving in with her. We got her room mostly under… read more

posted 5 days ago
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