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    Important Tips About Alzheimer's
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    Judith L London, PhD posted:
    Here are some more information about what your loved one with Alzheimer's is going through:

    Comments about HOME may have nothing to do wih where they are now. Ask the person to describe the 'home' that they miss - and you may discover that the 'home' is actually the childhood home. Discuss that with the person - it will relieve the pressure. Avoid arguing about whose home he or she is in - logical explanations do not get processed. Your loved one is expressing a yearning for his or her conception of what home is.

    Swallowing Difficulties (Dysphagia) occur because the brain cells that instruct someone to swallow no longer work. So, even if someone is otherwise mechanically able to swallow, the message to swallow doesn't get sent down to the throat. It is one of the significant effects as the disease progresses.


    Getting Help: Enlist the aid of your place of worship, the local senior center, the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Assn. There are many volunteers who will help give you some relief. Even if your loved one resists a local day center for people with memory problems, accompany your loved one and then you can leave. Ask your brotheres sisters or other relatives for help - even if it is to make phone calls, set-up medical appointments or pay the bills.

    Please make time for yourself and your family as best you can - It makes all the difference.

    What a commendable journey you are on,
    Judy
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