Dear Readers: Three UAB students created a documentary about Alzheimer’s Disease as part of their media class project. The poignant film is titled, “If I Can’t Recall Your Name.” I was honored to be one of 2 clinicians interviewed by them, along with some dementia activists and a person with […]
Memories in Alzheimer’s: Gone or Not Accessible? “Will my mother forget who I am?” I receive this question, or variations of it, daily in my work with Alzheimer’s patients. It is a hard question to answer. Some memories do become “erased” when nerve cells die. Other memories become hard to […]
I was honored to be one of the keynote speakers for the 29th Annual Alzheimer’s Conference, sponsored by Dothan’s Alzheimer’s Resource Center and Wallace Community College. Part of my talk referenced a wonderful ministry embraced by churches and synagogues throughout Alabama: respite care. During a conversation I had with Katie […]
Men seem to have a more difficult time with the role of care partner. There are published studies that examine the differences between men and women who are care partners. Often, the gender differences are often affected by the relationship between the care partner and the care recipient. For the […]
Dementia-Centric Communication Dementia-centric communication is the ability to interact with people who have dementia in a respectful and meaningful way. I hear, over and over again, “I don’t know what to say to a person with dementia.” “What if I do something wrong?” Fear not, I am here to help […]
Caregivers or care partners are often surprised when their loved one with dementia suddenly becomes irritable, nasty, even physically violent. A bladder infection, also known as a urinary tract infection, may be the culprit.
People with dementia wander for a variety of reasons. Many times, the wandering behavior is a reaction to an unrelated event–that is, people with dementia do not simply decide to go on a journey. Some people are at higher risk for wandering than others. Read on for the reasons behind […]
Frontotemporal Dementia & The Jerk Factor When I say “dementia,” most people think “Alzheimer’s Disease.” The truth is that in people under 65, the more common dementia is “frontotemporal dementia” for FTD. FTD refers to a spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases that include behavioral, motor, and/or speech symptoms. The one I am talking […]
Think of “Entering Their Reality” as a gentle and kind approach to delivering truth with dignity
There is a very good reason why people with dementia may seem more irritable or cranky: “laid off” workers!