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u/beerVan · 4 pointsr/dementia

The biggest help I've found is lowering carbs and increasing good fats in their diet. A lot of recent studies have started coining Alzhiemer's as "type-3 diabetes" - linking high blood sugar and insulin resistance to the death of cells in the brain (as they can't get enough energy). I'd definitely recommend a couple of books that opened my eyes to the disease as well as giving me some hope.

The End of Alzheimer's by Dr. Dale Bredesen, MD

The Alzheimer's Antidote by Amy Berger, MS, CNS, MTP

As mentioned in other comments, there are plenty of supplements that can help with some of the side effects of dementia like anxiety as well as others to counter vitamin deficiencies.

My main recommendations:

  • Aim for a low carb diet filled with as many different nutrient-dense whole (unprocessed) foods as possible. It won't be perfect at first, but make whatever small changes you can over time! As mentioned in other comments, eggs are great, I'd also recommend lots of cruciferous vegetables and any foods high in antioxidants.
  • Intermittent fasting periods (>12 hours) have also helped - this ties in with lowering carbs and increasing fat in the diet. IF has many benefits including kickstarting processes like autophagy and ketosis.
  • Get some blood tests to identify any vitamin deficiencies (D, B6, B12, Folate, Zinc, etc.) and check inflammation markers. Basically look for any red flags that can be easily fixed!
  • Daily exercise - a 30 minute walk in the morning is enough.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Get plenty of sleep (>8 hours).
  • Plenty of water.

    If you have any questions please let me know!
u/Gemraticus · 1 pointr/dementia

Oh man! I'm taking care of my dad with dementia full time and half the time I want to murder him. It is HARD.

I strongly suggest that you find a psychotherapist to talk to and work this out with. It will take a few years but the earlier you start working through your emotions and feelings, the sooner you can move on with your life.

There are things worse than death. Anybody telling you "at least she's still alive," is not speaking through experience. They have no idea... Forgive them. And try not to let their words affect you. They are speaking through ignorance.

I cannot imagine being raised by a parent with dementia... Your feelings are valid. In case you cannot afford a therapist (totally plausible in our country), I suggest reading books. These suggestions may seem off topic, but i have found them to be very helpful in learning how people should interact, how the brain develops, and that there are people out there who interact with the people in their lives with empathy and compassion. You may find it empowering to educate yourself about brain development and psychology.

Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive, Dan Siegel

Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children's Behavioral Challenges

Emotional Intelligence 2.0

I wish you luck in life!

u/yeahlikethat · 1 pointr/dementia

As someone that is seeing one of their parents go through mid-stage dementia, I ended up looking for help in places that I never would have thought to before. Despite my not being religious, I picked up a copy of No Act of Love is Ever Wasted: The Spirituality of Caring for Persons with Dementia, and am grateful for having had spent the time reading it (so much so that I emailed the authors just to thank them for their work.

I also picked up another book (which I've not yet read) that I believe was mentioned in the text above, that may be more apt to your situation than it is mine (at least yet). Loving Your Parents When They Can No Longer Love You. I can't speak to the work myself, but if it's half as worthwhile as "No Act of Love..." it will offer all kinds of thoughtful insight.

I'm not sure that I have much more advice to share at this point than this, but thought I'd at least point these options out to you.

u/LadyCrawley · 1 pointr/dementia

We found steno pads to be helpful because at least the papers are held together in one place. Then, once they are full of notes, the pads can be put all together on a shelf and my mom likes that. Well maybe it's actually her OCD that does LOL. I suppose the challenge would be if your mom prefers to tear the note out of the book once she has written it down.

u/seagazer · 2 pointsr/dementia

I commented elsewhere here but I need to add that you should read The 36-Hour Day. Also visit the Alzheimer's Association website. (It supports all kinds of dementia, not just Alzheimer's). On the latter, click "In My Area" to find help in your dad's area and perhaps in your own. Many areas have local caregivers support groups.

u/asfastasicould · 2 pointsr/dementia

Maybe get him some small herb garden seed starters for the window? Depending on his capability, maybe some fun mystery solving books?

Here’s an example: Solving Sherlock Holmes: Puzzle Your Way Through the Cases

u/bordemstirs · 2 pointsr/dementia

Oh I'm glad to find this post!
My mother (58) also has early onset Alzheimer's. I've been trying to find games she can play that aren't over complicated or overwhelming, but also not so childish/simple it's insulting or boring.
I considered Qwirkle, but I think all the different shapes would overwhelm her.
I got her this book she said she liked it but it didn't seem like she could follow it.
So far the best entertainment I e found is hidden object books.

u/endableism · 3 pointsr/dementia

There's a nice book called "I am not sick, I don't need help! How to help someone with mental illness accept treatment" that would probably be incredibly helpful in this situation. I know dementia and mental illness are not the same, but the situations have enough in common that it should still be plenty helpful.

u/darthjenni · 5 pointsr/dementia

I camp a lot. I have tried many bathing wipes, and camping shampoos. I like Clean Life Products: No Rinse.

The bathing wipes are designed to be microwaved so she can get a warm wash.

The No Rinse Shampoo is also really good. When I am in the backcountry I rinse it out with warm water, but you don't have to.

These people don't mess around. You can get it by the gallon.

u/Volorado · 1 pointr/dementia

My mom (late 70s) is well down the road with dementia and is now in a memory care unit of a nursing home. She often asks about her parents and asking when she will get to 'go visit' them. Rather than replying blountly that they are dead and have been for years, my siblings and I just say "Mom, grandpa would be 110 years old if he were still with us." Then she smiles it off. It doesnt do any good to keep correcting her when she doesnt make sense.
There is a book called 'The 36 Hour Day' that offers good advice for those dealing with those affected by dementia/alzheimers.

u/jdpowell7 · 1 pointr/dementia

If a smart TV or DVD player YouTube has extended nature videos. Here’s one that’s just 8 hours of a brook. Both Netflix and amazon prime have streaming nature videos. Netflix has some “slowtv” episodes (fishing, trains). Bob Ross might be another option.
You can also find a bunch of dvds on amazonocean views , tropical birds , or aquariums

u/Invidya · 3 pointsr/dementia

If you have a food processor or blender your could maybe make the food puréed. Otherwise Hormel makes puréed dishes that can be microwaved. No idea on the taste...

amazon has them for example

Maybe the smells of the house will still insight some nice memories/feelings regardless that her dish looks different from everyone else’s.

Also to add, there’s molded versions of the foods if there’s a “that doesn’t look like beef” factor.

u/februaryleaf · 2 pointsr/dementia

There are usually a lot of “fidget” blanket kind of things on Etsy. Some might be more applicable than others.

If it’s specifically mechanical / electrical then maybe one of these circuit kits with big easy pieces:

u/mel_cache · 2 pointsr/dementia

Very well-written novel (and movie) from POV of Alzheimer's sufferer: Still Alice

u/bizteacha · 2 pointsr/dementia

This IS the time to mourn, because now is the time you are feeling the loss of her, even though her physical death may not occur for a long time. I have the same getting caring for my husband with dementia. It's like he's already gone in many ways, yet he's still physically here.

I read this book which helped, by giving me the words for what we are experiencing: "ambiguous loss."

The author addresses how difficult it is to cope with these types of losses. I'm not sure if I'm putting this link in correctly, so my apologies if I didn't do it right:

Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope while Coping with Stress and Grief