Alzheimer’s Care Guide

Fidget Quilts: a great gift to Alzheimer's and other dementia patients

Have you heard of a fidget quilt? If you take care of a person with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, you certainly want to know it. It’s easy to make or purchase and both, you and the patient, can benefit from it.

Dementia and The Power of Music

In his book, Musicophilia [1], the Neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks discusses the power of music in people with dementia. The response to music is, particularly, preserved, even in the most advanced stages of the disease. In the chapter Music and Identity: Dementia and Music Therapy, he says that, even when a person seems to be undergoing a “second childhood”, even in people with advanced dementia, the identity remains, it’s never completely lost, as long as a mental life exists.

Caregiver burden: what to do when a loved one has dementia

Pat M. Irwin helps us to understand the stages of grief one may go through when a family member develops dementia, discussing how to better cope with such a sensitive situation: "I hope this helps some of our readers. I wish someone had told me this when I was going through this with my darling dad...” Pat  is an Eldercare Consultant and President of ElderCareCanada, one of the experts at’s Ask the Expert section.

The Time to Move to an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Facility: how to make it a smooth transition

If moving to another home can be challenging for most people, it becomes especially difficult for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia conditions. Changing homes means an impact to the routine and a need to adapt to a strange place. This can be significantly stressful for all involved. But there are easier ways to handle this situation and help your loved one to adjust to a new environment with qualified professionals that will offer him or her a better and happier life.

2/3 of Americans Who Have Alzheimer’s are Women: And it May Not Be Just Because They Live Longer

About 747,000 Canadians are living with dementia, most of which is categorized as Alzheimer’s: It may surprise you that 72% of those 747,000 Canadians are women.

The Parkgate Community Centre Launches a Groundbreaking Drop-in Daycare Program for Seniors with Dementia

Erin Smith, the organizer of the drop-in daycare program for seniors with dementia at the Parkgate Community Centre in North Vancouver is a passionate advocate for affordable programs for seniors living with dementia – and for respite for their caregivers.

Alzheimer's: Telling Your Family and Friends

You were fearful when the Doctor confirmed you have Alzheimer’s disease; but you were also surprised at your own slight sense of relief, and that’s normal. Receiving this diagnosis provided an explanation for the symptoms that had been worrying you. Knowing what you are faced with gives you a starting point for learning as much as you possibly can about the diagnosis.

3 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s

A cure for Alzheimer’s has not yet been found; and popular belief is that there’s nothing that can be done to prevent it. But the contrary is true; we can actually reduce our risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. With a combination of healthy habits and lifestyle choices, while we may not completely prevent Alzheimer’s, research shows that we may be able to slow and possibly even reverse the process.

Coping with Behaviors of Dementia

Changes in behaviour are one of the most challenging aspects of neurological conditions including dementia. Understanding changes and typical behaviors will help families and care teams respond in a way that enhances rather than takes away from the quality of life of the individual.      

5 Tips for Staying Sharp as We Age

There’s no disputing that we all experience forgetfulness at any given time in our lives, and it’s not always age related! Forgetting an appointment, misplacing a purse, failing to remember a name, then remembering later usually indicates we have a lot on our plate.

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