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…

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Dear Seagull: An Open Letter to Those Who Want to Question My Care

The next time you feel compelled to criticize or undermine my care, close your mouth and open your checkbook. 

Upcoming Event

Make your plans to attend this free training conference in Pelham, AL. Registration is available online at http://www.m4a.org/register. The deadline is Sept. 30.

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Paid Caregivers: Agency or Personal Hire?

You need help. You cannot keep caring by yourself. Do you hire someone from an agency or find someone yourself? Agency Pros The agency, not you, deals with payroll, taxes, benefits, and workmen's compensation.The agency conducts relevant background checks and interviews.The agency handles staffing schedules, including replacements for call-ins.The agency should be licensed (if required…

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…

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…

Sex, Intimacy, and Dementia

The reality is, we are all sexual beings and we all want to feel wanted and loved.

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.

Dementia “Fakers”: 8 Fixable Problems That Can Cause Memory Problems

There are several illnesses and substances that can cause memory loss, especially in older adults. Read here for those dementia "pretenders."

Challenges Facing Employed Care Partners

Care partners of persons with dementia struggle to stay in the workforce.