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 by providing some key points…

A Valentine’s Day Message for Dementia Care Partners

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. (Apologies to Saint Paul; I used his First Letter to the Corinthians, verses 4-13, as the platform for this post). Love really tries to be patient.…

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…

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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 the wandering behavior, some of…

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

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!