"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 !

 

 

Spending Days Out with Your Loved One with Dementia

Now that spring has finally arrived and the weather is warming up, outdoor activities like picnics, nature walks, swimming, and just spending the day out and about are in season. If you're caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's, it can still be very possible and rewarding to plan trips and public activities that you will both enjoy.

This article on Dementia Challengers gives wonderful suggestions for places you can visit with your loved one and things you (and your family) can do together that will ease the stress and anxiety that often accompanies dementia.

Read more: Dementia Challengers: Days Out

At Memorable Pets, we are highly dedicated to raising funds for Alzheimer's awareness and research, which is why a portion of the proceeds from each Memorable Pet goes toward Alzheimer's care. You can learn more about our selection of pets and how you can help at our website: memorablepets.com

Persuading Your Loved One with Alzheimer's to Move into a Nursing Facility

Our blog today takes a look at a very informative and helpful article written by Marie Marley, award-winning author of Come Back Early Today: A Memoir of Love, Alzheimer's and Joy.

In this article, Marley shares advice and different methods of helping to convince a loved one that full-time care at a nursing facility is the best thing for them. Many times, especially in mid to late stages of Alzheimer's when social withdrawal and the desire for physical isolation is prevalent, patients tend to want to remain on their own in their own homes for as long as possible, and are frequently unaware that they need full-time care.

Moving a loved one into a care facility full-time is particularly agonizing for the caregiver, and many family members in caregiving roles suffer extreme guilt for making the decision to place their loved one in a nursing home. It is necessary, however, for caregivers to remember how important their own mental and emotional is, and also, that sometimes the most loving and best choice for a loved one is easing them into full-time permanent care away from home.

For spouses who act as the caregiver to their partner, the decision is a very challenging one. "I often work to convince reluctant spouses to change from being a 'caregiver' to being a 'care advocate,'" says William G. Hammond, founder of the Elder and Disability law firm in Overland Park, Kansas. "They can then be vigilant to ensure their loved one is receiving appropriate treatment in the facility while preserving their own health."

Read more: Convincing a Loved One With Alzheimer's to Move to a Nursing Home

At Memorable Pets, we are highly dedicated to raising funds for Alzheimer's awareness and research, which is why a portion of the proceeds from each Memorable Pet goes toward Alzheimer's care. You can learn more about our selection of pets and how you can help at our website: memorablepets.com

Positive Approach to Coping with Alzheimer's Caregiving

"Promoting skills to cope with Alzheimer’s is increasingly important", says nationally known Alzheimer's disease expert Teepa Snow. In this Q&A with the Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Snow talks a bit about her Positive Approach method for both patients and their families to help them cope with Alzheimer's disease.

Snow explains that "people with Alzheimer’s are trying to deal with what they have lost. We need to take a step back and realize they aren’t crazy. Our job is to figure out the reason why they are doing what they do, then modify or change things to make the situation better."

Snow, also an occupational therapist, trainer, and educator, became interested in Alzheimer's after her grandmother was diagnosed with the disease, and says she has always been drawn to people with unique challenges, and finds joy with them.

When asked how it might be possible to associate a word like 'joy' with a devastating disease such as Alzheimer's, Snow said that the most important thing is to find a special moment with your patient or loved one and celebrate it.

Believing active social interaction with other people to be an important factor in improving brain health, Snows also adds that "nurturing something, like caring for animals or plants, seems (helpful)."

Read more: Learning to approach Alzheimer’s caregiving in a positive manner

At Memorable Pets, we are highly dedicated to raising funds for Alzheimer's awareness and research, which is why a portion of the proceeds from each Memorable Pet goes toward Alzheimer's care. You can learn more about our selection of pets and how you can help at our website: memorablepets.com

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