How to Respond to Confusion

The following tips are provided by the Alzheimer’s Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  ©2013 Alzheimer’s Association, reused with permission. In the later stages of the disease, a person with Alzheimer’s may not remember familiar people, places or things. Situations involving memory loss and… Read More

Overview: Confusion and Memory Loss

Confusion is one of the primary symptoms of dementia. Those with dementia confuse past and present, and cannot always reason things out. Memory loss is what initiates the confusion. While you can’t fix it, you can do important things to help your family member work around some of these problems…. Read More

More Tips for Handling a Request to Speak to Someone Who’s Deceased

First and foremost, don’t try to change their mind or correct them. Their reality is much different then ours. Redirect the conversation or use some interventions to direct their mind somewhere else. When your loved one asks for someone who is no longer alive, explain they are at work, went… Read More

5 Ways to Handle the Request to Talk to a Deceased Person

Always agree when possible. Trying to correct or inform your loved one creates agitation. Tell your loved one the person is either resting, gone to the store, will be back in a little while, etc. Meet your loved one in their reality. If they wake up and think they are… Read More

Tips to Handle Company during the Holidays

One thing to consider is limiting the amount of time your loved one spends with people and also keeping the number of people they are with at one time to a minimum. Consider giving them a place they can go to get away from all of the commotion and relax…. Read More

When Someone With Dementia Says, “I Want to Go Home”

Don’t argue, “But you are home!” For one thing, the “home” being spoken of may not be the same place you’re thinking of. Hear “home” as a feeling you need to read. When people with mid- or late-stage dementia who live in a facility or are hospitalized say, “I want… Read More

Loved One with Alzheimer’s Doesn’t Realize Who I Am and Asks Me for “Myself”

There is a lot of debate about “therapeutic fibbing”—the idea of choosing not to tell someone with dementia the truth as a way to handle a situation that is causing them to be upset. It is best to try another technique first, and then to use therapeutic fibbing if other… Read More

Trash Can Confusion in People With Dementia

Strange as it sounds, sometimes people with dementia forget the purpose of a trash can. This can result in three different, vexing behaviors. Here’s how to cope. Rummaging. Your loved one may rummage through the trash routinely, especially if prone to rummaging behavior generally (going through a desk, a drawer,… Read More

Advice on Handling Delusions

Gently provide reassurance. Ask your loved one to tell you more about the delusion—sometimes just letting them talk it out can help. Let your loved one know that you are concerned and empathetic and that you will always be there for her. Read More

Coping as a Caregiver

The simple message is ask friends and family to give you some help. Consider a support group or local Alzheimer’s Association workshop. Knowing more helps. Also, so important is to practice good self care. Time out of doors, walking and exercising along with the occasional ice-cream cone can help. Read More