Dealing with Irritability in Persons with Dementia

Learn why people with dementia get irritable and what to do about it. … More Dealing with Irritability in Persons with Dementia

2021 Crash Course in 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 to guide … More 2021 Crash Course in Dementia-Centric Communication

Dementia Care: Preventing Urinary/Fecal Incontinence

Learn how to prevent accidents and keep the person living with dementia continent for as long as possible! … More Dementia Care: Preventing Urinary/Fecal Incontinence

Dementia and Peeing in the Trashcan

People with dementia may have trouble with visual cues that helps them to find the toilet. … More Dementia and Peeing in the Trashcan

Dementia & Poop: How to Avoid Accidents and Stop Smearing

Warning: This is a graphic topic. Learning and Procedural Memory Today, I received a call from a good friend who was very upset. She is caring for her father and he is smearing his poop all over the bathroom. Towels, walls, any surface within reach. He is leaving the bathroom with feces all over his … More Dementia & Poop: How to Avoid Accidents and Stop Smearing

Dementia Best Care Practices

(formerly the 10 Commandments of Dementia Care) I am currently writing a book, “Make Dementia Your B*tch.” This book contains many of the blogs but have been updated and organized into a very reader-friendly text. It will be available by mid-November in print, e-book, kindle, and other formats. I am so super excited!!! I will … More Dementia Best Care Practices

How Do I Know if Someone With Dementia Should Still Be Driving?

Driving & Dementia Driving involves several types of brain activities. These activities have to work together. A problem in one area can jeopardize the whole process. Driving definitely relies on procedural memory. Procedural memory is the memorization of all of the steps to do something. We create procedural memory by doing a specific task daily … More How Do I Know if Someone With Dementia Should Still Be Driving?

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!

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

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.