Archive for December, 2011

Ring In The New Year With Scenes From The Past: Tips For Caregivers Celebrating New Year’s Eve With Loved Ones With Alzheimer’s

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

New Year’s Eve is a time of looking forward to the coming year, and all the excitement the prospect of new beginnings brings you. But, New Year’s Eve can be stressful for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, especially if you’re having a party. The sudden influx of emotion and excitement can trigger anxiety in those with Alzheimer and dementia, and lead to difficulty coping and negative emotions.

But, New Year’s Eve can still be a fun and enjoyable experience for a loved one suffering from dementia. After all, New Year’s Eve is also a moment to reflect on past experiences and remember the moments that warmed their soul.

We are firm believers in our Nostalgia Program , a program dedicated to reinvigorating memory in Alzheimer’s patients through powerful and emotional ties to the past.

And this New Year’s Eve, if you are a caregiver or loved one celebrating the holiday with someone with dementia, use this opportunity of reflection to try and connect with their past memories of moments they loved.

Old movies, old songs, and even moments from their history can bring a smile to their face and a joy in their hearts. Reflecting on the past can make your loved one feel included in your celebration, less stressed about the new situation, and happy to be surrounded by family.

And, of course, it can be fun for you. We all love to look back on the moments we love, so enjoy your trip down memory lane and take the opportunity to learn more about your loved one’s history and passions.

You may find something you never knew you had in common.

So, enjoy the New Year’s holiday with those you love. Be sure to include them in your celebrations, let them appreciate what makes them happy, and tell them this New Year is another opportunity to show them how much you care.

We want to hear from you, leave a comment below and tell us what your New Year plans are?


Climbing Mountains For Love: A True Alzheimer’s Hero’s Tale.

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

How far are you willing to go for someone you love?

If you are Alan Arnette, it’s the top of the world.

A common phrase people tell someone they love is “I would climb the highest mountain for you.” But, for Arnette, a self-described mountaineer and advocate for Alzheimer’s awareness, he truly did. In fact, he climbed the highest mountain in every continent, all in the name of raising money for Alzheimer’s research.

After watching his mother slip away from the debilitating effects of the disease in 2009, Arnette knew he had to do something to raise awareness and money for battling Alzheimer’s. It was too late to save his mother, but not too late to save others from having to experience the pain of watching the memories of the ones they love disappear into time.

So, in 2010, Arnette took on the toughest challenge of his life: climbing the highest peaks of every continent. Even for Arnette, an experienced climber, this challenge seemed too tough to climb.

Not only did Arnette have the challenge of climbing the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest, which is a feat in itself, he had to battle environmental threats ranging from the scorching temperatures of Africa to the freezing temperatures of Antarctica.

But, as the challenge wore on, Arnette’s will and determination to climb these difficult terrains for his mother and Alzheimer’s awareness grew stronger. And eventually, he accomplished the impossible: climbing all 7 peaks.

But, it didn’t stop there. Soon after Arnette conquered this feat, he challenged others to do the same, to show the world that our determination to ending Alzheimer’s knows no bounds and that we will not stop until there is a cure. And, as of today, 300 other people have taken on and accomplished the challenge.

All in the name of ending Alzheimer’s.

Our caregivers at Alliance Home Health Care know a thing a two about heroes, as well. Though they haven’t climbed any mountains, they spend every day selflessly helping those suffering from Alzheimer’s have a better day and a better future. And for all their efforts, and all of Arnette’s efforts, we stand behind these special people that are willing to sacrifice to make a difference in the lives of those they love.

Watch Arnette’s inspiring story: