There are several illnesses and substances that can cause memory loss, especially in older adults. Read here for those dementia “pretenders.” … More Dementia “Fakers”: 8 Fixable Problems That Can Cause Memory Problems
Care partners of persons with dementia struggle to stay in the workforce. … More Challenges Facing Employed Care Partners
Family care partners often ask me, “How will I know when it is time for placement?” It depends, and there is no magic formula. Factors that affect the timing and the decision include care partner support, the relationship between care partner and the person living with dementia, and financial resources. The take-away message is that … More How Will I Know When Is It Time for Placement?
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?
This blog highlights some of the initial and critical components of caring for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease or another dementia. Read on for more information. … More For New Caregivers: Crash Course in Dementia
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. … More A Valentine’s Day Message for Dementia Care Partners
An article recently appeared that broadly proclaimed “We may finally know what causes Alzheimer’s Disease and how to stop it!” The author asserted that periodontal disease caused Alzheimer’s Disease and that curing periodontal disease would cure Alzheimer’s Disease. Unfortunately, it is not that simple. The problem with this type of reporting is that the author(s) take … More Sham Science and Dementia: Periodontal Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and “Cures”
Caregivers of persons with dementia soon discover that placement does not reduce caregiver burden. Placement rearranges the challenges. Families and friends, however, mistakenly assume that once placement happens, caregiver responsibility magically dissolves away. Their assumptions often magnify the guilt and angst already flowing through the caregiver. Dealing with Guilt “Promise me you will never put … More Placement Does Not Reduce Caregiver Burden
“I Thought I Would be the One Needing Care” I’m seeing this more and more in the clinic: parents caring for adult children with dementia. The person with dementia is about 50 years of age. The diagnosis may be early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease or frontotemporal lobar degeneration (frontotemporal dementia or primary progressive aphasia). The person with … More Parents Caring for Adult Children with Dementia
Friends and family feel awkward around people with FTD. This post provides concrete helpful ways to positively interact with persons with FTD. … More The 10 Commandments of Frontal Temporal Dementia Caregiving: 10 Things a Person with behavioral FTD Wants You to Know and Do!