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. Where Did THAT Come From? You knew that being a care partner was going to have some challenges, but today..????  Your loved…

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 about here is known as…

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?" I received the following question from a reader: "My wife is in stage 4. She is in denial about her Alzheimer’s. She is a Christian and always…

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Wish list for the caregiver?

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 dementia. The value of the…

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Tips for Dementia Caregivers During The Holidays

Being a care partner has its challenges and successes; in this post, I provide concrete strategies for enjoying Thanksgiving and the winter holidays as a dementia care partner or caregiver. Travel or Stay Home? If the person with dementia (PwD) is in the mild stage to early moderate stage and loved to travel pre-illness, traveling…

Halloween and Dementia: 4 Helpful Tips

Halloween marks the beginning of the fall and winter holidays. I will be posting more content about holidays and dementia. Here are some simple ideas and tips for CarePartners to  have a safe and sane (ok, as sane as possible) holiday. 1. Play to Your Loved One's Strengths The best way to have an enjoyable…

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?