Memory & Dementia Articles

The articles in our Memory & Dementia section focus on the challenges of caring for a family member/loved one with Alzheimer's Disease or other forms of dementia and memory loss.

What Triggers Aggression in Men with Alzheimer’s?

Angry elderly manDear Kirsten,

My father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease two years ago. The neurologist told us at the time that my dad was in the early stages of the disease. The doctor started Dad on a medication that has been shown to slow the progression of the disease in some people.

Until recently, my mother has been able to manage his symptoms on her own and keep him with her at home. Lately, however, he has been getting aggressive. He was never a violent person before this. My mom is a fairly tiny person and I’m starting to have concerns that he will hurt her. My dad’s older sister is in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease and she was never aggressive at all. It makes me wonder if there is something we aren’t doing right or if there is another reason for this behavior?

Denise in Grand Junction, Colorado

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Finding Dementia Care for a Parent Long Distance

Senior couple reading a book togetherDear Kirsten,

After our holiday visit home to my husband’s parents’ house in the Fort Collins, Colorado area, we realized just how much his Mom’s Alzheimer’s disease has progressed. His Dad is worn out from trying to keep up with her. We couldn’t believe how long she goes without sleeping!

Our family lives so far away that we can’t keep a close eye on them. We both think his Mom needs to move to a dementia care assisted living community, but we just hate to see them split up. His Dad is so devoted to her, but it is obvious caregiving is taking a real toll on him. He has lost weight and he told us when he had his yearly physical the doctor told him that his blood pressure is high.

We aren’t sure what to do next…

Danie

 

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The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Dilemma: How to Transition a Loved One with Dementia to Assisted Living

Alzheimer's Transition to Assisted LivingMoving a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease to an assisted living community can be a difficult transition for the entire family. But families often have no choice. Their senior loved one’s physical needs and safety require them to make a move.

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Holiday Visitors When a Loved One has Dementia

A senior couple with the male looking confusedDear Kirsten:

My father moved in with us this year. He was diagnosed a few years ago with early Alzheimer’s disease and the disease has progressed to the point where he is no longer safe living at home alone. My husband’s family has always come to stay with us between Christmas and the new year. They are a very boisterous crowd and I’m worried it will create agitation and even aggression in my dad. What can we do to help keep things on an even keel with so many extra people in the house?

Debra in Loveland, Colorado

 

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What Causes Wandering in a Loved One with Alzheimer’s?

caregiving-wanderingDear Kirsten:

My great aunt was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease over a year ago. Until the last few months she had been managing on her own with support from my husband and me. The past few months have been a whole different story. She has started wandering in the evenings. Luckily she has neighbors who look out for her and know the situation. They have been able to intercept her and bring her safely back home until we can get there. I know this is probably getting to be a burden for them and I’m worried she will wander when no one is around to notice. My question for you is what causes wandering and is there anything we can do to prevent it? 

Carole Anne in Fort Collins, Colorado

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Does Exercise Help with Alzheimer’s Prevention?

Two seniors exercising by joggingIn our work with Colorado seniors and their families, one area of concern that often comes up is how to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Because so many of the older adults we assist live with some form of dementia, we witness firsthand the toll this devastating disease takes on the entire family. It makes adult children understandably concerned that they will develop Alzheimer’s. That the true cause of the disease is still largely elusive makes prevention a real challenge. One area that early research seems to indicate might hold promise in preventing or delaying the disease is exercise.

 

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Alzheimer’s & Anemia: Is There a Link?

Dear Kirsten:

My grandfather and his brother both had Alzheimer’s disease. I’m concerned that it increases my risk for it so I’m always looking for information on potential causes. I heard recently that anemia may be linked to Alzheimer’s. Have you read anything that would indicate that?

Alsyha in Loveland, Colorado

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Resident Trust Funds Explained for Colorado Caregivers

Senior walking in the fallDear Kirsten:

My mother has Alzheimer’s disease. She has lived with it now for over seven years. We recently made the tough decision to move her to a nursing home in Greeley, Colorado. The social worker at the nursing home told us they could set up a resident trust fund for her there to make it easier for small necessities to be purchased there. Are you familiar with these? We wanted a little input on whether or not we should use one for her.

Tina in Loveland, Colorado

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Holiday Safety When a Loved One Has Dementia: 7 Tips for Colorado Caregivers

Every December we receive questions from caregivers about decorating for the holidays when a senior loved one has Alzheimer’s disease. While it is a tradition in most Colorado households, the challenge of maintaining a safe environment often makes families reconsider putting up their holiday décor.

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Creating an Activity Box for a Colorado Senior with Alzheimer’s

activity box for seniorsDear Kirsten:

I recently became the primary caregiver for my 74 year old grandfather who lives with Alzheimer’s disease. One behavior I’m really struggling with since I’ve started caring for him is agitation. It seems worse in the late afternoon and early evening. I’m trying to help structure his day a little differently so he doesn’t get so tired and to come up with things he can do to stay busy. The nurse practitioner in my doctor’s office told me I should consider putting together activity boxes for him. Can you explain what they are and how I would create them?

Tina in Greeley, Colorado

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Is This Dementia? 5 Early Warning Signs to Help Determine

 

Colorado residents who care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia are a fast growing part of our population. In fact,

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