Thursday, June 23, 2011

Make Managing Mild Dementia Easier

Here is a great dementia resource for caregivers and healthcare professinals,

Here is information on being the best caregiver you can be

Here is a way for nurses administrators, social workers and other health care professionals to get an easyceu or two

Here are more interesting dementia brain boosting activities

Paula Spencer

By "problem-proofing" your loved one's closet in the earliest stage of dementia, you can make dressing easier, prolong independence, and help avoid later embarrassing goofs.

Five easy ideas:

1. Conform the sock drawer.

Switch to socks that are all identical -- same style and color. No more searching for matches, or not realizing that brown and black aren't the same.

2. Go solid.

Pare down tops and sweaters so they all color-coordinate easily. Better still, eliminate prints so outfits never clash.

3. Adopt a uniform.

Some people with mild dementia choose to adopt a uniform look they're known for -- say, a white t-shirt and black cardigan with slacks, or a turtleneck a la Steve Jobs. A signature look becomes a stylish brain aid.

4. Enlarge the fasteners.

Go on a hunt for wee buttons and tiny zipper pulls. They can befuddle any pair of aging hands, but combined with the physical limitations dementia can bring, they can be utterly impossible. Best to weed them from the closet now.

5. Simplify the shoes.

Fussy buckles and challenging laces will become increasingly frustrating. Slip-on loafers, Velcro-style closures, or very simple styles are better.

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