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…

Is my spouse turning into a jerk or is it dementia?

Frontotemporal Dementia & The Jerk Factor When I say "dementia," most people think "Alzheimer's Disease." The truth is that in people under 65, the more common dementia is "frontotemporal dementia" for FTD. FTD refers to a spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases that include behavioral, motor, and/or speech symptoms. The one I am talking about here is known as…

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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!

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Tips for Dementia Caregivers During The Holidays

Being a care partner has its challenges and successes; in this post, I provide concrete strategies for enjoying Thanksgiving and the winter holidays as a dementia care partner or caregiver. Travel or Stay Home? If the person with dementia (PwD) is in the mild stage to early moderate stage and loved to travel pre-illness, traveling…

5 Critical Questions to Ask When Selecting a Memory Care Facility (and the RED FLAGS that tell you to RUN!!!)

Pretty wallpaper, beautiful bedrooms, and a snazzy meditation room with aromatherapy and massage chairs are nice; however, if the direct-care staff are clueless about dementia care, none of these items mean anything.

What to Do When People with Dementia Cannot Eat

"I'm so distraught over my father. He has a Peg tube in, and hasn't had any solid food for over 2 months." So what does one doe when people with dementia cannot eat? Our reader Denise wrote: "I'm so distraught over my father. Has a Peg tube and hasn't had any solid food for over 2…