"As Alzheimer's disease progresses, the need to nurture, love and be loved increases." American Assoc Geriatric Psychiatrists

Alzheimer's Information

A Must Read Book If You Are Caring For Someone with Dementia!

 Dementia care expert, Rachael Wonderlin, has written a concise, very informative, straight forward book on the challenges of caring for someone with dementia.

I am very impressed with the practical advice Rachael has shared to make the person's life living with dementia more fulfilled and happier and the caregivers life much easier! The important emphasis of her book is to embrace and understand the reality of your loved one with dementia. Also, how you can better relate to their world, without judgement or alienation, recognizing that it is not their fault.

Her real life examples within each section / topic are filled with compassion (some made me tear up a bit) and understanding of the reality of the person living with dementia. I only wish I had this book when I cared for my beloved mother for eleven years!  

Rachael's book is part of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's 36 Hour Day Books and comes highly recommended by Dr. Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH.

Her book is now available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble online AND also now in stores.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_17?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=rachael+wonderlin&sprefix=Rachael+Wonderlin%2Caps%2C196&crid=37BFDR93P58UY

Rachael holds a Master’s in Gerontology from UNC, Greensboro and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington. She been working, interning, and volunteering in long-term care environments since 2005. 

It is obvious that Dementia Care is Rachael's passion and expertise! 

Rachael is also the author of the popular blog  "dementia by day"  where she is available for consulting work, tips, advice, or just a chat on the phone.

www.dementia-by-day.com

I personally rely on Rachael as a consultant for Memorable Pets & Believable Babies. Rachael was the original creator of the "Pet Shops" we offer, utilizing our Memorable Pets in "life enrichment stations" in the field of professional memory care within dementia care communities!

     

Rachael is so smart, creative and resourceful !

 

 

Caring for Loved Ones with Alzheimer's During the Holidays

With the holiday season in full bloom, many people are busy planning their yearly family celebrations. However, when you have a loved one with Alzheimer's in your life, planning holiday events might require a few changes to typical traditions.

The Alzheimer's Association provides some great tips, advice, and alternatives to help make your holiday gatherings as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. They also list some great gift-giving ideas for people with Alzheimer's, suited for every stage of the disease.

Plush and cuddly Memorable Pets also make great gifts for loved ones with Alzheimer's or dementia, particularly those in later stages, when stimulating the senses becomes very important to the patient. Many late-stage Alzheimer's patients are relaxed by music, or the soft feel of a blanket or stuffed animal.

Read more: Caring Through The Holidays

Therapy Dogs for Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients

Although therapy animals are often used to assist blind and disabled individuals, it has also become very common to enlist therapy animals to help treat patients with Alzheimer's or other memory loss disorders.

Because many Alzheimer's and dementia patients struggle with social interaction and experience many negative symptoms such as irritability, depression, and feelings of isolation and loneliness, therapy animals are often the perfect companions to stimulate physical and mental activity.

Dogs in particular have proven to reduce stress and increase pleasure by their mere presence. Many Alzheimer's patients who would otherwise respond to little or nothing else in their environment, respond positively to the gentle presence of a therapy dog. These dogs also provide Alzheimer's patients with a natural topic of conversation, as many feel great anxiety during social interaction.

Therapy animals, however, require extensive training and their personality must be suited to the traits necessary in a therapy animal; they should be friendly, comfortable with strangers, calm and therefore not easily startled or distracted.

Read more: Pets and Dementia

The 10 Early Signs of Alzheimer's

As many are aware, memory loss that impedes daily life or activities is the most common symptom associated with the onset of Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia. However, other signs of Alzheimer's often include difficulty with words and speaking, judging distances and determining colors, and poor decision-making.

The article below details the 10 major signs and symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease, and also lists typical changes in cognitive abilities that are simply a natural result of aging.

Read more: 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms in yourself or a loved one, please do not ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your doctor.