October 26, 2016

carers tips - shadowing and sundowning books aritcles

Fear and anxiety are two disturbing symptoms exhibited by many people with Alzheimer’s disease.
These symptoms are completely understandable, considering the fact that people with dementia are often confused about their surroundings.
Confusion that won’t go away leads to fear and fearful people tend to be anxious.  This need to calm anxiety and feel safe can lead people with Alzheimer’s to a behavior called shadowing…
 another behaviour know as sundowning ...

Gary LeBlanc writes in his article on shadowing that offering his dad the distraction of a bowl of ice cream helped the situation. The diversion would calm his dad and break some of the cadence of the shadowing behavior.

Gary has written two books  -
Managing Alzheimer's and dementia behaviors: common sense caregiving
Contents: Introduction --  routine routine routine --  redirection --  learning to approach someone with Alzheimer’s – adapting to character – why don’t you see them?  Hallucinations and delusions --  the difference between  hallucinations and delusions --  Sun downing and evening confusion --  don’t turn off the lights – keeping things well lit – body language and communication --  dealing with combative behavior  --  patience is a virtue --  a caregivers’ promise
Staying afloat in a sea of forgetfulness : common sense caregiving
Gary Joseph LeBlanc is a columnist and book dealer from Spring Hill, Florida. He was the primary caregiver of his beloved father stricken with Alzheimer's disease for nearly the past decade.
 LeBlanc's weekly column appears in the Hernando Today, a Tampa Tribune Publication. His writings offer insight and hope through his own 3,000 days plus of caregiving, dealing with the memory-impaired, given in a caregiver friendly manner...
When caregivers are looking for help, the last thing they need is medical text so complex they already forgot what they read by the time it's laid back down. This is what got me started on writing about common sense caregiving, which turned into a weekly column and now into this book. My goal is to make this book as "caregiver friendly" as possible. Sharing my triumphs and hardships from my plus three-thousand day campaign in dealing with the disease of Alzheimer's and the world of memory-impairment.

What to do when someone you love begins to forget. Having a loved one with memory loss is no laughing matter, but a little humour can help. With her sage advice and trademark irreverence, Joan Sauers helps to relieve the frustration of dealing with dementia sufferers while offering practical advice that will help you help them. Above all she reminds you that, though it may feel like the loneliest job in the world, you are not alone, a very quick and helpful read!

Creating moments of joy : for the person with Alzheimer's or dementia
When a person has short-term memory loss, his life is made up of moments. We are not able to create a perfectly wonderful day with those who have dementia, but it is absolutely attainable to create perfectly wonderful moments—moments that put smiles on their faces, a twinkle in their eyes, or trigger memories. Five minutes later, they won’t remember what you did or said, but the feeling you left them with will linger.

Within the sections are smaller steps. At the end of each step is a place where you can journal your thoughts, solutions, and treasures to help you achieve the overall goal of creating many moments of joy for the person with dementia, and for YOU!

*These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them or if you would like articles on shadowing or sundowing  please email the Library on nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au

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