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The Special Challenges Faced by Male Care Partners of Persons with Dementia

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 […]

Crash Course in Dementia-Centric Communication

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 […]

Bladder Infections Trigger Increased Irritability (and other behaviors!) in Persons with Dementia

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.

Why do People with Dementia Wander?

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 […]

Is my spouse turning into a jerk or is it dementia?

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 […]

Dementia and “Entering Their Reality:” Combining Elements of Truth with Preserving Dignity

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Think of “Entering Their Reality” as a gentle and kind approach to delivering truth with dignity

Crankiness and Irritability in Persons with Dementia

There is a very good reason why people with dementia may seem more irritable or cranky: “laid off” workers!

Should I Educate My Wife About Her Alzheimer’s?

“My wife is in stage 4 Alzheimer’s. She is in denial about her Alzheimer’s. Should I remind her that she has Alzheimer’s and educate her about the disease?”

Wish list for the caregiver?

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The National Institutes of Health just released a paper on the needs of the caregiver “workforce.” Here are some highlights from the report: Today family caregivers provide 80% of the care for persons with dementia. 16 million informal caregivers provide approximately 18 billion hours of unpaid care to persons with […]

What is the Difference Between a Nursing Home and an Assisted Living Facility?

How is a nursing home different from an assisted living? What in the world is “Memory Care Facility”? How can I figure out which is best for my loved one? How are they different?

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