Twelve Weeks and Counting: Dementia Caregiving in the Coronavirus Climate

It’s been twelve weeks since my last post about dementia caregiving and coronavirus issues. I apologize for my lack of posts. Like many of you, I’ve had to quickly adapt to the “new normal.”  Here are some of the ways the pandemic has affected my work….and lessons learned that I’d like to share.

Guns and Dementia: No Brainer?

It may seem like common sense to remove firearms from the house of a person with dementia. Especially if you have observed prior instances of unsafe behavior. But what happens when the person with dementia reports the guns as stolen? Read more for pre-emptive strategies and approaches for both family members and law enforcement. … More Guns and Dementia: No Brainer?

Happy Valentine’s Day to Dementia CarePartners

Chocolates, plush animals, and romantic cards. Those are the staples of Valentine’s Day. But want to see real love in action? Watch a care partner for someone with dementia. … More Happy Valentine’s Day to Dementia CarePartners

The PANDA Project: New Resources for Dementia Caregivers in Alabama

Drowning in Dementia in Alabama According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 304,000 people in Alabama are family caregivers for 92,000 people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This number only includes people who are 65 years old or older. It does not capture the 13% of people aged 45 or older who have some type of cognitive impairment, … More The PANDA Project: New Resources for Dementia Caregivers in Alabama

What Gifts are Best for Caregivers of Persons with Dementia?

I suck at selecting and giving gifts. My family members and friends are probably rolling their eyes as I tackle the topic of best gifts for dementia caregivers. Other organizations have general information about selecting appropriate gifts for persons with dementia. Alzheimers.net, for example, has a terrific one. They recommend tailoring the gift according to the … More What Gifts are Best for Caregivers of Persons with Dementia?

Tips for Dementia Caregivers During The Holidays

Caregivers struggle with how best to celebrate holidays with persons with Alzheimer’s dementia. I provide strategies for maximizing enjoyment while minimizing distress for all. … More Tips for Dementia Caregivers During The Holidays

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.

Vacations, Travel, and Dementia

“I really want to travel or go on vacation with my family member who has dementia. What do you think?” My response is, “It depends on a couple of things.” Did the Person Living with Dementia Enjoy Traveling? This may seem like a silly question, but it is really important. I personally love to BE … More Vacations, Travel, and Dementia

Should My Loved One Go To a Regular Neurologist or Go to a Memory Disorders Clinic?

Family caregivers benefit from a coordinated team approach and from clinicians who are accessible. … More Should My Loved One Go To a Regular Neurologist or Go to a Memory Disorders Clinic?

Dementia Care Partners: Do You Have a Back-Up Plan?

Care partners for persons living with dementia need a back-up plan. There needs to be someone who can temporarily or permanently care for the person living with dementia. Best to plan for the situation now, rather than scramble under difficult situations. Medical Emergencies Care partners are familiar with medical emergencies involving their loved one. But … More Dementia Care Partners: Do You Have a Back-Up Plan?