A must read for anyone who has a loved one with dementia.

I am currently reading A Dignified Life by Virginia Bell and David Troxel.   My intention was to finish the book before I recommended it here, but I am finding it such a good resource that I wanted to share it now as I know it will help many others who are looking for answers.

A Dignified Life BooK Cover

Ten years ago, the first edition of A Dignified Life changed the way the caregiving community approached Alzheimer’s disease by showing caregivers how to act as a Best Friend to the person, finding positive ways to interact even as mental abilities declined. Firmly grounded in the latest knowledge about the progression and treatment of dementia, this expanded edition offers a wealth of immediately usable tips and new problem-solving advice. It incorporates practical ideas for therapeutic activities—including the latest brain-fitness exercises—stimulate the brain while adding structure, meaning, and context to daily routines. With new stories and examples as well as an updated resources section, A Dignified Life, Revised and Expanded gives caregivers the support and advice they need to be successful and inspired in their demanding roles.

See more at:  hcibooks.com – A Dignified Life

or their website at:  Best Friends Approach

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Courtesy of Lewy Body Dementia Association
For more info: http://www.lbda.org

Next …. continued Finding In-home Caregivers, Care For The Caregiver & Support Groups

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Courtesy of Lewy Body Dementia Association
For more info: http://www.lbda.org

Next …. continued Managing Sleep Problems/Sundowning, Smoothing The Transition On Moving Day & Finding In-Home Caregivers

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Courtesy of Lewy Body Dementia Association
For more info: http://www.lbda.org

Next …. Preventing or Defusing Aggression or Catastrophic Reactions & Benefits of Exercise For People With Dementia

 

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Courtesy of Lewy Body Dementia Association
For more info: http://www.lbda.org

There are a number of great ideas/insights in this article. The one that struck me is that someone with dementia losses the ability to communicate before they lose the ability to understand. How sad and frustrating that must be!!!

Next…. Effective Communication & Wandering