Monthly Archives: April 2014

3 Smart Tips for Making Sure Someone With Dementia Takes Medications Properly

1. Stay nearby someone with dementia when giving meds. You want to be sure they’re taken and not ignored, thrown away, or fed to the dog.

2. Make sure your loved one drinks enough water. Not drinking enough can cause pills to become lodged in the esophagus, sometimes causing a damaging “burn” or leading to choking. If you simply set a glass down next to the pills, the person with dementia might forget to sip after the first swallow. Keep gently reminding him or her to take a drink until the glass is finished.

3. Don’t let the person lie down immediately. It’s smart to stay upright in a chair for 15 or 20 minutes after taking meds.

Facts About Carbs and Diabetes

Facts About Carbs and Diabetes

The different types of carbs, how they affect your glucose, and which are best for your diet.
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3 Ways to Keep Distant Family Members Connected and involved

Feeling all alone in the wilderness is a common source of caregiver stress. More distant family and friends are continuing on their merry way while you thrash through the unfamiliar thickets of dementia care. These ideas can help:

  • Take the initiative. If relatives don’t call you, or they avoid asking how it’s going, consider taking the initiative to do so yourself. Try not to sound defensive or angry (even if that’s how you legitimately feel). Just say, “I want to update you on Mom’s condition. Here are some of the things that have been happening lately, and here are the things I find helpful.”

  • Share information. Sometimes simply being educated about dementia helps outsiders find a way in. Try forwarding this newsletter or articles to them: “I thought you’d be interested in seeing this; it’s really true for us.” And see if your contacts spark a more involved response. Sometimes the people we think are ignoring us are really just sitting back feeling helpless about what to do.

  • Invite them over. From a distance, your relatives may hesitate to be bothersome as “guests” (yes, even family can feel this way). Instead let them know that they’re welcome — and then plan your end carefully. Don’t try to go all-out as a hostess; the idea is to ease your stress, not add to it. Schedule doctor appointments during the visit, so your family member can come along and hear firsthand updates. Schedule a few just-for-me activities, too, so that you can take advantage of the visitor to be with your loved one while you get out and recharge.

Learn more about what other caregivers say they want from long-distance relatives.

How Long Can You Live With Alzheimer’s?

How long can you live with Alzheimer’s?

Life expectancy for those with Alzheimer’s can vary greatly from person to person. One reason is that the length of each stage(early/middle/late) differs widely by individual. Other factors See also: 

The Stages of Alzheimer’s: What to Expect 

See all 844 questions about Alzheimer’s and Other Dementiasinclude one’s other health conditions and age at diagnosis.

People who are diagnosed in their 70s tend to live longer than people who are diagnosed at age 85 or older. People in the early stage at diagnosis tend to live longer than people in the late stage at diagnosis. Women with Alzheimer’s tend to live longer than men who have it.

Some people live 20 or more years after diagnosis, while others decline rapidly and die within a few years of being diagnosed.