The Stages of Alzheimer’s

Quality care of residents with Alzheimer’s disease depends on staff who understand what the resident is experiencing.  Among many things that makes Alzheimer’s unique is its progressive nature.  Not everyone will experience the same symptoms or progress through the disease at the same rate.  To understand this progression, the Alzheimer Association recommends the following seven-stage …

The 7 Stages of Alzheimer’s

One of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s is the progressive nature of the disease. While each resident progress differently, experts, including Barry Reisberg, M.D., have developed stages to describe how an individual’s abilities change through the course of the disease.

Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures

Learn more about the latest data from the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures Report.  Click here to download your copy for free:

When is a Resident with Dementia Ready for Hospice?

This week’s tip has been adapted with permission from the VITAS Hospice publication entitled Clinical Appropriateness: Alzheimer’s Disease.

Use of Window Restrictors

A Tuesday Tip subscriber recently emailed to ask us about installing window restrictor to prevent residents from eloping through a window: “What is your opinion of using window restrictors in dementia units to prevent elopement through windows?”

Tuesday Tip: Don’t Ignore Dangerous Behaviors

You must never ignore potentially dangerous behaviors; your response can save someone’s life.

Tuesday Tip: RCFE Administrator Recertification – Dementia Training

When completing your required RCFE Administrator continuing education hours, you must include at least 8 hours on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Alzheimer’s Association Proclamation

America has a new president, and while he certainly faces a number of challenges in his first days in office, the Alzheimer’s Association is working to make sure that the important issue of Alzheimer’s Disease is not overlooked. Click Here ( to sign their proclamation to President Obama. The proclamation outlines key elements the Alzheimer’s …’s Alzheimer’s To-Do List Helps Caregivers Prepare for the Long Road Ahead

New Feature Launched in Recognition of World Alzheimer’s Day PRESS RELEASE: San Mateo, Calif., September 19, 2008 –, a comprehensive online resource for people caring for aging parents, has launched its Alzheimer’s To-Do List in recognition of World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21st. This list gives caregivers a roadmap outlining the necessary steps to …

Respectful Adult Communication Reduces Resistance to Care in Alzheimer’s

This should be intuitive to a professional care provider, but recent research has proven that communicating with persons suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease respectfully and at an adult-level reduces resistance to care.  Read the Alzheimer’s Association press release below for more information.