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Questions from Readers: Can a Facility Refuse to Accept my Loved One and Other Issues

Can a facility refuse to take my family member with dementia? How do I remove soiled clothing from someone who refuses? Read answers here.

My Family Member with Dementia Only Wants Me!

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People living with dementia may refuse help from others, only wanting care from one person. Here is how to deal with that situation.

Capgras Syndrome and Dementia

For today’s blog, I want to dive deeper into Capgras syndrome: why we think it happens and what to do about it. Some people living with dementia develop Capgras syndrome–which is a fixed, false belief that family members are being replaced by look-alikes…by imposters.

Delusions in Dementia (Part 2): Strategies and Approaches

In last week’s blog, I described three common types of delusions that you may encounter when caring for a person living with dementia: persecutory delusions, jealousy delusions, and scarcity delusions.  There are other types of delusions, but these are the ones that tend to show up most often in people […]

Delusions in Dementia, Part 1

Delusions are defined as false beliefs. These delusions can occur anytime in the dementia journey and they usually run their course then fade away. For this blog, I’m going to write about the three of the most common types of delusions that are encountered when caring for a person living with dementia: persecutory, jealousy, and scarcity. I’m also going to write about where these false beliefs may be coming from.

Can My Family Member with Dementia be Left Alone? Three Items to Consider

Wondering if you can safely leave your loved one with dementia alone? And for how long? Here are 3 things to help you decide.

Deciding to Place a Loved One with Dementia is Not Surrendering

I want family caregivers to know that placement does not mean you failed. It does not mean you are a rotten son, daughter, partner, spouse, sibling or friend. It means that you are continuing to care for the person with dementia. You are looking for the best option for ALL concerned.

Dementia and Driving: How to Take Away the Keys

Taking away the car keys from a person living with dementia is difficult, because driving is important for independence. Before I dive into the “how to” part of this blog, I want to talk about emotions and beliefs around driving. Knowing this information can help you strategize.

Releasing Caregiver Guilt, Anxiety, & Fear

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Do you find yourself thinking the following thoughts? “Am I doing this right?” “Did I do everything I could to make her feel safe and happy? And did I do enough?” “I want some time for myself, but I feel guilty leaving him alone.”

What is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy?

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Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a type of neurodegenerative disease that includes ongoing and worsening problems with memory. CTE has been depicted in movies and television episodes–but not accurately. 

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