How to Get a Person with Dementia to Drink More Water

It’s summer, it’s hot outside, and dehydration can sneak up on a person with dementia. Even “mild” dehydration can cause confusion. And urinary tract infections (NO!!!!!!!!) How do you get a person with dementia to drink more water? Check out these ideas. Offer Small Sips How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a … More How to Get a Person with Dementia to Drink More Water

Stages of Dementia

I am often asked, “What stage of dementia is my family member in?” I explain the stages here!

Dementia & Returning to Summer Fun

After being on lockdown, everyone wants to get out, visit family, and enjoy summer events. Social interaction is healthy for both caregivers (who often feel isolated) and for persons living with dementia. Here are some tips for making these events enjoyable for persons with dementia and their carers!

Good Enough Caregiving (Avoiding Perfectacrastination)

Some caregivers of persons living with dementia get into the “perfectacrastination” trap. They are waiting until the “perfect time” before taking action. Maybe it is time to take away the car keys. Or it is time to move mom out of her house into an assisted living apartment. Or time to get the power of … More Good Enough Caregiving (Avoiding Perfectacrastination)

Aduhelm (Aducanumab) and Alzheimers Disease: Optimism or Caution?

FDA approval of Aducanumab may bring hope to people living with dementia and their caregivers, but may also prolong the amount of time the person requires care. … More Aduhelm (Aducanumab) and Alzheimers Disease: Optimism or Caution?

Why do People with Dementia Swear?

People living with dementia who never uttered a swear word are suddenly tossing around the F-bomb. Learn why here. … More Why do People with Dementia Swear?

What Does Advance Care Planning Mean for People with Dementia?

Advance care planning is important for everyone, especially for those living with dementia. ¬†Advance care planning is more than end-of-life care decisions. As people travel on their dementia journey, there are multiple crossroads that involve decisions. Should a person with moderate to severe dementia continue to have colonoscopies and mammograms? The answer depends on what … More What Does Advance Care Planning Mean for People with Dementia?

Dementia and One Year of Covid

I cannot believe that this time one year ago I was seeing patients in my dementia clinic, completely unaware of the changes about to happen because of Covid-19.

Happy Valentine’s Day 2021

Valentine’s Day is traditionally about romance. It celebrates the fun side of love. For many carers and care partners of persons living with dementia, love is demonstrated daily through multiple acts of kindness and dignity. Here is my Valentine’s message to these heroes. Send a care partner that you know something special this Valentine’s Day. … More Happy Valentine’s Day 2021

Five Tips for Making Halloween Fun for People Living with Dementia

Halloween can be fun, but it can also be challenging for people living with dementia. Here are five easy tips to make Halloween safe and fun for persons living with dementia! … More Five Tips for Making Halloween Fun for People Living with Dementia