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Activity-Focused Dementia Care

Activity-focused dementia care stresses the importance of activity as personally meaningful occupation in the lives of those with dementia. In this approach to care, caregivers make a commitment to doing activities with care recipients rather than for them, which helps care recipients to maintain and perhaps even improve their skills and capacities. Caregivers recognize and …

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The Future of Diagnosing and Evaluating Alzheimer's Disease

Mindy Kim-Miller, MD, PhD Different forms of dementia have different pathologies (causes, processes, development, and consequences) and respond to different medications. Even within one type of dementia, there may be differences in pathologies that make one subtype more responsive to certain treatments than another. Correctly diagnosing the type of dementia and identifying individual differences in …

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NSAIDs and Alzheimer's Risk

Mindy J Kim-Miller, MD, PhD Although many studies have examined the effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) on the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, the results remain confusing. Some of the common NSAIDs used in these studies include aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), celecoxib (Celebrex), naproxen (Aleve), indomethacin (Indocin), and sulindac (Clinoril). One report …

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Strategies for Effective Caregiving

  Remember that effective caregiving takes: Knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease, people, human behavior. Skill in interpersonal relations and with caregiving techniques. Flexibility in routine and approaches. What works today may fail tomorrow. What works with one person may not with someone else. An attitude of hopeful but realistic expectation. Focus on the positive, healthy qualities …

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Tips for Improving Sleep

If your care recipient with dementia has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, consider these non-pharmacologic approaches for improving sleep before or in conjunction with pharmacologic approaches. Encourage the person to use the bedroom for sleeping only. Discourage the person from staying in bed while awake, watching television, or reading. Establish a comfortable, familiar, and …

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Gift Ideas for Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia

It can be a challenge to choose a gift for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Whether you’re looking for a present for a birthday, Father’s Day, Christmas, or any other special occasion, these practical ideas can help you celebrate your loved one. Did you know that you can shop at Amazon and support ARARF …

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Tips for Navigating the Holiday Season as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

The holiday season is a time to be enjoyed with family and friends, but for the ten million people caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, this time of the year can be stressful and difficult. Many people are already balancing the responsibility of caregiving with everyday life and now have to change their routine and worry …

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