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Caretaking People with Dementia or Alzheimer's
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Alzheimer's disease is a form of senile dementia. Alzheimer's is not normal human aging, although the risk of developing this disease increases as people age.
Alzheimer's damages memory and communication skills. When people suffer senile dementia, other people eventually have to care for them.
We help take care of the caretakers.

We assist the caretakers of people with incurable diseases, irreversible symptoms and major traumatic injuries. We help them manage stress, their relationships with disabled or dying people and their own mental health. Much written here about Alzheimer's and senile dementia is applicable to other serious health problems.

Symptoms of Senile Dementia and Alzheimer's

Both senile dementia and Alzheimer’s disease start gradually. People have difficulty learning new information and remembering where they left things. Later, they have trouble recollecting recent events and finding the right words. As the disease progresses, people cannot remember what day or month it is, or they may feel lost in their own neighborhood.

People with Alzheimer's may become irritable or withdrawn as they struggle with ordinary tasks. Some will become paranoid or delusional and unable to enjoy normal conversation. Some will lose the ability to talk. Eventually, people with Alzheimer’s cannot manage their basic life functions and need care. Family and friends suffer as they watch Alzheimer’s disease slowly take away the minds of their loved ones.

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Senile Dementia

Senile dementia causes suffering for people with the disorder, and for their friends and family. Symptoms of dementia usually start slowly and sporadically.

Caretaking demented people can stretch your sanity. The first symptom of dementia is often a gradual decline of memory. As people get older, this can evolve into more complex symptoms, some of which are:

  1. apathy
  2. poor judgment
  3. repeats comments
  4. forgets recent events
  5. more irritable or upset
  6. cannot adapt to change
  7. difficulty handling money
  8. loses track of conversations
  9. little interest in hobbies or activities
  10. cannot understand complex concepts

Is dementia caused by low iron, zinc, or perhaps potassium? Blood samples may give more information, although doctors we talked to could only offer medications that may delay these symptoms.

Preventing Alzheimer's Disease

Two popular recommendations are to remove mercury amalgams from teeth and avoid aluminum cookware.

Some people recommend eating fresh vegetables with high folic acid (folate), which helps the body to break down an amino acid (homocysteine). People with high homocysteine and people with low blood levels of folic acid are at increased risk of heart and circulatory diseases. The American Heart Association recommends folate from foods such as leafy green vegetables, beans and orange juice instead of from commercial supplements, since natural foods have many other beneficial nutrients.

Research shows that the chance of developing Alzheimer's were nearly quadrupled in people who were less active between the ages of 20 and 60.

Alzheimer's may be connected with the number and severity of events that people want to forget. People with many unpleasant memories (such as traumatic stress or guilt-laden issues) may want to forget those memories.

The symptoms of many illnesses and diseases seem to serve or fulfill functions. They may provide unconscious benefits to people, or their families, that outweighs the disadvantages. We don't hold this idea to be true ... and we do try to identify any benefits. We have plenty of experience that if the benefits are not needed - some disease symptoms may considerably lessen.

Coaching People with Alzheimer's

People with active minds appear to delay the progress of Alzheimer's. We encourage people to stay alert by providing interesting or exciting stimuli, as a supplement to medical or therapeutic treatments. We can also help people improve their memories.

If a person has difficulty speaking - perhaps set up "finger signals" for "Yes", "No" and "Don't know" etc, to assist communication.

Coaching for Caregivers

Caring for people with Alzheimer's can produce overwhelming emotions, stress and anxiety to family members and close friends. We can help caregivers monitor and control their own emotions, stress and anxiety. This allows the caregivers to better cope and to reduce the need for their own medications for depression, insomnia or stress.

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Have You Suffered Enough?

 Where are you now? Understand your emotions, fixations and enmeshments
What do you hope for? Know your goals and stop sabotaging yourself
Do you feel resourceful? Learn to develop your inner resources
Do emotions block you? Relationship problems and mentor damage
Do your beliefs limit you? Change limiting beliefs and end dependence
Do you feel connected? Resolve identity issues to recover lost resources
Is your partner happy? Build healthy partnership (or separate peacefully)
Are your children healthy? Happy parents better manage family problems
Do you want team success? Team leaders and their teams develop together
Do you have complex goals? Specialty coaching, counseling & therapy

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