People with dementia may have trouble with visual cues that helps them to find the toilet. … More Dementia and Peeing in the Trashcan
Warning: This is a graphic topic. Learning and Procedural Memory Today, I received a call from a good friend who was very upset. She is caring for her father and he is smearing his poop all over the bathroom. Towels, walls, any surface within reach. He is leaving the bathroom with feces all over his … More Dementia & Poop: How to Avoid Accidents and Stop Smearing
(formerly the 10 Commandments of Dementia Care) I am currently writing a book, “Make Dementia Your B*tch.” This book contains many of the blogs but have been updated and organized into a very reader-friendly text. It will be available by mid-November in print, e-book, kindle, and other formats. I am so super excited!!! I will … More Dementia Best Care Practices
Driving & Dementia Driving involves several types of brain activities. These activities have to work together. A problem in one area can jeopardize the whole process. Driving definitely relies on procedural memory. Procedural memory is the memorization of all of the steps to do something. We create procedural memory by doing a specific task daily … More How Do I Know if Someone With Dementia Should Still Be Driving?
It’s summer, it’s hot outside, and dehydration can sneak up on a person with dementia. Even “mild” dehydration can cause confusion. And urinary tract infections (NO!!!!!!!!) How do you get a person with dementia to drink more water? Check out these ideas. Offer Small Sips How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a … More How to Get a Person with Dementia to Drink More Water
I am often asked, “What stage of dementia is my family member in?” I explain the stages here!
After being on lockdown, everyone wants to get out, visit family, and enjoy summer events. Social interaction is healthy for both caregivers (who often feel isolated) and for persons living with dementia. Here are some tips for making these events enjoyable for persons with dementia and their carers!
Some caregivers of persons living with dementia get into the “perfectacrastination” trap. They are waiting until the “perfect time” before taking action. Maybe it is time to take away the car keys. Or it is time to move mom out of her house into an assisted living apartment. Or time to get the power of … More Good Enough Caregiving (Avoiding Perfectacrastination)
FDA approval of Aducanumab may bring hope to people living with dementia and their caregivers, but may also prolong the amount of time the person requires care. … More Aduhelm (Aducanumab) and Alzheimers Disease: Optimism or Caution?
People living with dementia who never uttered a swear word are suddenly tossing around the F-bomb. Learn why here. … More Why do People with Dementia Swear?