Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Manual

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You can never have too much information on Alzheimer’s disease as well as the disorders and symptoms associated with the disease. This Alzheimer’s disease and Related Disorders Manual contains up-to-date information written by field experts who share the hands-on experience with residents with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the staff who care for them.

This program is comprised of two levels in one book. The first level focuses on the disease of Alzheimer’s and all of its commonalities and coupled disorders. The second level focuses on the best care methods for the resident with Alzheimer’s disease. Communicating with residents with Alzheimer’s disease, the Validation Method, characteristics of Alzheimer’s Disease and dealing with challenging behaviors are just a few of the topics covered in this manual.

This manual alone serves as an invaluable resource for staff, caregivers and family members. However, when paired with the exam, this program is NAB approved and worth 3.25 continuing education credits.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 UNDERSTANDING ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND RELATED DISORDERS

Learning Objectives………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 2

What Is Dementia?…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3

About Reversible Symptoms of Dementia…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 9

The Dementia Brain Is Different………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 12

Neurofibrillary Tangles and Amyloid Plaques………………………………………………………………………………………… 13

The Most Common Cause of Dementia — Alzheimer’s Disease………………………………………………………………. 14

Alzheimer’s Disease:  Commonly Asked Questions……………………………………………………………………………….. 15

CHAPTER 2: CHARACTERISTICS OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Learning Objectives……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 21

Dementia: It’s Different for Each Person………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 22

The Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 22

Review: The Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease…………………………………………………………………………………………. 29

Agnosia:  A Difficult Symptom……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 31

CHAPTER 3: COMMUNICATING WITH RESIDENTS WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Learning Objectives……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 34

The Effects of Dementia on Communication…………………………………………………………………………………………… 35

Damage to the Brain……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 36

Communication with Residents Who Have Dementia……………………………………………………………………………. 37

Verbal Communication Skills…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 38

Strategies for Improving Your Verbal Communication Skills………………………………………………………….. 39

Sensory System Changes Affect Communication Skills for Residents with Alzheimer’s Disease.44 Non‐Verbal Communication Skills…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 46

Non‐Verbal Communication for Residents with Dementia………………………………………………………………. 47

10 Strategies for Improving Non‐Verbal Communication Skills……………………………………………………… 47

Validation® Method and Its Use in Communicating with Residents with Alzheimer’s Disease        53

Memory Loss and Confusion—Using Validation®……………………………………………………………………………. 53

Avoid These Communication Pitfalls……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 55

Communicating with Residents Who Are Non‐Communicative or Non‐Responsive………………………. 56

An Additional Resource………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 56

DVD: “Communicating with Residents Who Have Alzheimer’s Disease”……………………………………… 56

 

CHAPTER 4: FAMILY ISSUES

Learning Objectives……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 60

Who Are the Family Members of Assisted Living Residents?………………………………………………………………. 61

Be Prepared to Meet New Residents and Their Families……………………………………………………………………….. 62

What Can You Do to Help…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 62

Family Members Experience Stress…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 64

Interacting with Frustrated Family Members…………………………………………………………………………………….. 65

Strategies for Assisting Frustrated Family Members………………………………………………………………………… 65

When Frustration Builds………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 66

How Can I Help Family Members Who Are Experiencing Stress?…………………………………………………….. 67

Strategies for Involving Family Members……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 68

Involving Families Who Do Not Live in Your Area……………………………………………………………………………… 70

Grief and Loss…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 71

Coping With the Losses Caused By Dementia…………………………………………………………………………………….. 71

The Five Stages of Grief and Mourning…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 72

Attitudes Toward Loss and Death…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 74

Caregiver Response and Support in Each of the Five Stages……………………………………………………………. 75

CHAPTER 5: MAINTAINING AN APPROPRIATE ENVIRONMENT FOR RESIDENTS WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Learning Objectives……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 79

Structure and Routine…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 80

Dementia‐Capable Caregivers Must Be CREATIVE………………………………………………………………………………… 81

The Assisted Living Environment and Dementia……………………………………………………………………………………. 82

Using Outdoor Space………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 83

Resident Security: A Specialized Dementia Care Program in Assisted Living……………………………………. 84

The Resident’s Right to a Safe Environment………………………………………………………………………………………. 85

Three Common Causes of Resident Incidents…………………………………………………………………………………….. 85

Play it Safe: Form a Safety Committee………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 89

Monthly Safety Rounds……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 89

Incident Reports – Tracking and Trending……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 94

Using the Analysis to Improve Safety……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 94

CHAPTER 6: ETHICAL ISSUES AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Learning Objectives……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 98

The Philosophy of Assisted Living……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 99

 

What Does It Mean to Encourage Independence?…………………………………………………………………………….. 100

What Does It Mean to Maintain Dignity?……………………………………………………………………………………………. 102

What Does It Mean to Promote Individuality?………………………………………………………………………………….. 104

Ethical Principles of Care………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 105

ALZHEIMER’S & DEMENTIA CARE — Level Two

CHAPTER 1: BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT

Learning Objectives……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 112

Assessment: Problem‐solving Approach to Challenging……………………………………………………………………… 113

Behaviors……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 113

Common Causes of Individual Problems…………………………………………………………………………………………… 114

What About the Caregiver…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 115

Challenging Behaviors Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease……………………………………………………………… 117

  1. Thought Disturbances……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 118
  2. Emotional Difficulties………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 121

An Additional Resource…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 122

DVD: “Agitation…It’s A Sign”…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 122

  1. Functional – Behavioral Problems…………………………………………………………………………………………………… 123

Defining the Problem……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 127

Strategies and Techniques for Dealing with Challenging Behaviors……………………………………………….. 128

Three Strategies for Changing a Resident’s Behavior……………………………………………………………………… 128

You Can Change the Environment………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 132

Helpful Suggestions………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 134

Solutions for Difficult Behaviors………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 136

When a Resident Wanders………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 138

An Additional Resource…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 139

DVD: “Wandering…Is It A Problem?”………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 139

Handling Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors…………………………………………………………………………………………….. 140

The Right to Be Free From Restraints or Seclusion…………………………………………………………………………….. 141

Diversional Activities as an Alternative to Restraints……………………………………………………………………… 142

Suggestions for Diversional Activities………………………………………………………………………………………………… 143

CHAPTER 2: ASSISTANCE WITH ADLS FOR RESIDENTS WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Learning Objectives……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 146

Using Personal Care Strategies to Manage Resistanceto Care…………………………………………………………… 147

 

Assisting with ADLs for Residents with Alzheimer’s Disease…………………………………………………………………… 148

Another Resource…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 156

DVD: Resisting Care…Putting Yourself in Their Shoes……………………………………………………………………. 156

CHAPTER 3: ACTIVITIES FOR RESIDENTS WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Learning Objectives……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 160

The Purpose of Activities…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 161

The Value of Activities……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 162

The Therapeutic Nature of Activities………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 162

Anything Can Be a Great Activity…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 164

What Activities Should Not Be……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 165

Small Groups for the Memory‐Impaired………………………………………………………………………………………………… 166

Individual Activities……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 168

Stage‐Related Activities…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 169

Listening to Meet the Residents’ Needs…………………………………………………………………………………………………… 172

CHAPTER 4: STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR THE CAREGIVER

Learning Objectives……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 176

Taking Care of Yourself……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 177

About Self‐Care……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 178

Examples of Self‐Care…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 179

Five Things to Do for Yourself……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 180

What Happens If You Do Not Take Care of Yourself?……………………………………………………………………….. 184

CHAPTER 5: MEDICAL INFORMATION

Learning Objectives……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 188

Medications Used to Treat Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias………………………………………………………….. 189

Treating Behavioral Symptoms……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 191

Medication and Its Effects…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 195

The Importance of Good Nutrition………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 196

Observing, Encouraging, Reporting, and Suggesting……………………………………………………………………………. 197

The Importance of Drinking Fluids………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 199

Water as a Nutrient………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 199

What Does Hydration and Dehydration Look Like?…………………………………………………………………………. 201

Your Role in Resident Fluid Intake……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 202

Observing, Encouraging, Reporting, and Suggesting……………………………………………………………………….. 202

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