Parkinson’s Dementia in Seniors

Parkinson’s Dementia in Seniors

In simplest terms, Parkinson’s Dementia in Seniors “PD” is a central nervous system disorder than can affect movement, often involving tremors. These tremors can be exhibit themselves in outer extremities such as legs and arms, or internally such as one’s larynx impacting their ability to swallow.

The Parkinson’s Foundation lists 10 early signs of “PD” Parkinson’s Dementia.

  1. Tremors
  2. Small Handwriting
  3. Loss of smell
  4. Trouble sleeping
  5. Trouble moving or walking
  6. Constipation
  7. A soft of low voice
  8. Masked face
  9. Dizziness or fainting
  10. Stooping or Hunching Over

If you or a loved one is experiencing these please schedule an appointment with your Doctor. For further information on Parkinson’s please visit Parkinson.org

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Dementia & Behaviors in Seniors

With Dementia, we may often see behaviors in an individual, secondary to that individuals frustration or inability to communicate effectively. There are often triggers of these behaviors.

Below is a helpful chart to assist you in recognizing what those triggers may be.





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Trigger Description What to Do?
Physical

Too hot or too cold?

Use bathroom?

Thirsty or hungry?

Check comfort – re position, assess skin temperature and remove sweater if hot add if cold.

Show toilet for visual cue, ask if has to toilet using words that they recognize (Pee, Poop, make water, BM, etc).

Show a snack or beverage when offering it.

Emotional

Person may isolate self when world is overwhelming.

Verbal outbursts- cursing, crying, screaming.

Shadow staff as fear being alone.

Provide one on one. Reassure them.

Let him/her shadow. It will not be for a long time.

Make sure you are providing body language that is welcoming such as smiling.

Tasks

Doing anything with too many steps.

Doing something unfamiliar.

Break tasks into small steps to match ability of the person.

Steps will need to become even smaller as the person declines in cognition.

When introducing a new task try to couple it with something familiar and slowly introduce the new part.

Communication

Difficulty expressing wants, thoughts, and needs.

Unable to understand others.

Help the person find the word to express their thoughts.

Provide them with two clear choices State a direction, wait for a response.

If person does not understand, add pictures.



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Inclusive Activities for Seniors during Thanksgiving

Holiday Activities & Home Care

Imagine your house full of people you love, endearing conversations being had between family members, loved ones yelling at the T.V. for sports games, children chasing each other from room to room developing life long friendships with their cousins. Sounds amazing right?

Now imagine you are a Senior, hard of hearing, trying to remember who these people are, attempting to remember “Why am I here again?”, “What are we celebrating?”. A family member asks you a question, and a well meaning daughter or spouse answers for you, robbing you of the opportunity for a social connection. The emotion is much different, right?

Holidays are a joyous occasion but can also be overwhelming for someone with Dementia or even someone who is hard of hearing. Here are some suggestions to help create a welcoming atmosphere:

  1. Have a photo album labeled with names, and reminisce with them multiple times a day with different family members who can offer different perspectives of the same story
  2. Incorporate your Senior in activities such as cooking. Have them sit at a table, and mix apples for the apple pie, or fold the napkin linens for the table.
  3. Have a room designated as a “quiet room”, where one-on-one conversations can be had without environmental distractions. This room is not meant to isolate a Senior, but to increase the social connection that is vital for their quality of life.
  4. Have a schedule ready to show them the events of the day so they are aware of what is next (this also helps you in organizing your day!)

We often see loved ones do everything for their Senior, thinking they are doing best for them, but often times we are handicapping them. Taking away what they still can do for themselves, and creating dependency. Seniors, even those with Dementia, can still contribute to daily activities, but just with some modified adjustments.

by: Francesca Alonso, M.S. CCC-SLP, Geriatric Speech Language Pathologist, Administrator of PSFS Homecare

 

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Communication Tips for people with Dementia

Here are some useful tips to effectively communicate with a person with dementia. Communication is not a one size fits all, so please tailor your approach to each individual, and remember sometimes its not WHAT you say but HOW you say it.

Begin by Setting a Positive Mood- Your attitude and body language communicate stronger than words.

Be sure to get the persons attention-Limit distractions and noise. Address client by name, identify yourself by name and use non verbal cues and touch to help client stay focused. If client is seated, get down to her level and maintain eye contact.

State your Message clearly. Speak slowly, and distinctly and in a reassuring tone while using simple words and sentences. Ask simple, specific, answerable questions. Only ask one question at a time. Questions with yes or no answers work best. Give instructions that are easy to understand. Break down tasks into simple 2-3 simple steps

Adjust your expectations. Respond with affection and reassurance. Do not use “remember”. Do not test their memory or tell them of their deficits.

When the going gets tough, distract and redirect. By redirecting an individual with dementia, you may be able to avoid or delay outbursts or inappropriate behaviors.

Use validation.  Use humor whenever possible.

* From Linda Burhans “Good Nightand God Bless”

Francesca Alonso (pictured above) is a licensed Geriatric Speech Language Pathologist. She has training in management in Dementia care and is on track to becoming a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP).

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