“I want to go home.” Many caregivers hear this from their loved one even when their loved one is sitting in the living room of the home they have lived in for many years. It also happens when there’s a change in environment or routine.
It’s upsetting to think your loved one no longer recognizes the environment around them, but this is part of the disease. The person may not believe they are in their home because they truly don’t recognize it. Or that person is likely not speaking literally but searching for the feeling of home – a sense of familiarity, security or comfort. So, what do you do in this situation? Continue reading “How to respond to “I want to go home!”” »
Following a morning packed with information about research, the afternoon session of the Alzheimer’s Association education conference in Petaluma featured a panel discussion with four individuals who are currently caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Kris cares for a friend at home, Elly cares for her husband at home, Dan cares for his wife in an assisted living facility and Roger cares for his mother who lives in an independent living community. The caregivers told a bit about their stories and took questions from the audience.
The next session featured Cynthia Barton, RN, MSN and Jennifer Merrilees, RN, PhD, who talked about Understanding and Managing Behaviors in Dementia. This was a very popular session as a majority of family and professional caregivers struggle with difficult behavioral problems in people with Alzheimer’s. Continue reading “How can we manage difficult Alzheimer’s behaviors?” »