Caregiving and Dementia: New Ideas

There is no effective medical cure for Alzheimer’s.   Most dementia caregiving is performed by families and nursing homes.  11 Million people care for Alzheimer’s-afflicted relatives at home. Dealing with the difficult behaviors that characterize Alzheimer’s and other dementias tops the list of greatest challenges that Alzheimer’s caregivers face.

A new article in the New York Times details some helpful techniques for dealing difficult Alzheimer’s behaviors. These techniques include allowing your loved one to enjoy foods that he or she prefers, effective scheduling, art, music and exercise, among others. Techniques that help deal effectively with the difficult behaviors that characterize Alzheimer’s benefit both the Alzheimer’s patient and the caregiver.

Read More » »Giving Alzheimer’s Patients Their Way, Even Chocolate

See also »Caring for Aging Parents – The New Old Age Blog – NYTimes.com

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