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8 Video tips for Alzheimer's caregivers

By Peter DiMaria

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, around 74,000 seniors were suffering from Alzheimer’s disease in Connecticut, in 2016, and this number should increase to 80,000 in 2020 and 91,000 in 2025. In Massachusetts, 120,000 people are currently living with Alzheimer’s and they should be as many as 150,000 in 2025.

It is estimated that 174,000 people care for an Alzheimer’s patient in Connecticut and 332,000 in Massachusetts.

These family caregivers are looking after a loved one and their work of love is not paid.

To help family caregivers providing Alzheimer’s Care in Enfield, Suffield, Longmeadow and other local towns, we at Home Helpers Home Care Enfield (North Central CT) and East Longmeadow (Western MA) are always trying to bring up useful information and videos with tips and advice.

As part of this effort, here’s some cool videos elaborated by UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) with tips on how to deal with some of the common symptoms and behaviors of Alzheimer’s Disease patients. They are all short (up to four minutes long), but very educative.

Alzheimer’s is always a new and unexpected world for most family caregivers. They don’t know how the disease operates in the brain of their loved ones and tend to treat them as if they were still in their full capacity of understanding simple commands and orientation. These approaches don’t help neither the patient nor the caregiver, causing a lot of frustration and, sometimes, aggressive behavior on the part of the patient.

The UCLA Health videos start with these common responses to Alzheimer’s care challenges.

They show a visual description of the behavior and then illustrate normal approaches that family caregivers usually have in these situations. Then, they re-enact the same situation with a recommended response to deal with it. So, in three or four minutes it is be possible to identify what you could be doing that is making the problem worse. And then, a suggested course of correction, with tips and advice.

These videos will be useful to Alzheimer’s Patients family caregivers in Longmeadow, Suffield, Enfield and all North Central CT and Western MA.

And remember: it is always OK asking for help. To ask for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. It enables the caregiver to improve the quality of care she/he is providing. Studies have shown that with Home Care help, it is possible to delay hospitalization of Alzheimer’s patients, keeping them home, where they are more familiar with their environment, an important way to keep them calm, healthy and safe.

1. Introduction

2. Hallucinations

3. Refusal to bath

4. Refusal to take medication 

5. Repetitive behavior

6. Repetitive questions

7. Sundowning

8. Wandering

 

Click here to read 12 hints to communicate and deal with Alzheimer’s patients

Click here to ask for help. It will make your care stronger.

At Home Helpers Home Care we have caregivers trained to deal with Alzheimer's and Dementia Care patients. They are experienced and knowledgeable and will help family members to feel more confident about the safety and wellness of their loved one.

Or call us now to talk about it:

Alzheimer's Care in Enfield (North Central CT): (860) 698-2244

Alzheimer's Care in East Longmeadow (Western MA): (413) 224-1045