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How can we tell if a parent has Alzheimer's disease? Part 2

... How can we tell if a parent has Alzheimer's disease? Part 2 dementia, alzheimer's, mental health, memory Alzheimer's disease is hard to diagnose and so far there's no cure. We've been talking to Re:Cognition Health, the "brain health experts", about ...

How to make downsizing a good experience

... you want to support your parents, first you need to understand the three basic reasons why we keep things:- sentimental (strong memory association)- useful (is useful, could be useful, could be valuable)- aesthetic (simply pleasurable or beautiful) ...

Enjoying nature and the outdoors with a family member with dementia

... leaves or grasses, as natural physical reminders or note the sightings of trees, flowers, birds and animals as these can often trigger memories or personal connections. If an outing is too much to handle logistically, then don't forget that you can do all these activities ...

Christmas gift guide for older parents and grandparents

... enjoyable and entertaining activity for everyone concerned. It's also been found to be particularly helpful for those with dementia, who often retain long-term memories far more easily than newer one. Creating personalised hardback books is a growing trend and here are a few of the good ones ...

How I coped with my mum's dementia

... use household appliances and talking about people who had died as if they were still alive. Finally, we took her to the "memory clinic' and she was diagnosed with "Dementia in Alzheimer's disease". It felt terrifying. We thought that meant she was ...

Caring for a dad with dementia, blindness and hearing loss

... is still there at times but reaching him when he's locked in a dark, often silent and confused world is a challenge. Losing memory and cognitive awareness with dementia is hard enough. However if old age has already taken your sight and hearing, how you can ...

Planning a funeral: Answers for the bereaved

... a time like this? The average funeral today costs 3,456, whilst the average costs for additional services, such as a memorial, flowers and catering is 2,006 (Daily Mail 2014). These costs are far from insignificant and while you will ...

Remembering the real mum

... been before she became ill. Now it's slowly starting to come back, at least for me, and I am grateful. My memory was sparked by Boxing Day lunch. For complicated reasons, my dad felt he couldn't join us at our house for Christmas. ...

How to cope with sleep problems in the elderly

... the television or reading a book in the evening will help to calm the body and distract your parent from dwelling on negative thoughts or memories. Be comfortable. If your parent's bed or bedding is uncomfortable or irritating it could cause them to lose out on sleep. ...

Caring for a mother-in-law with cancer

... finding the cause of her drastic weight loss and near-crippling depression. On an unusually cold and rainy day in September 2008 we attended a memorial service for one of her sisters-in-law. I sat opposite her at lunch and it was clear to me that she was very ill ...