The Why Behind the What: Refusals Based on Fear

People with dementia experience fear differently from you and me. This blog explains why and provides ways for caregivers to handle this overactive fear response.\ … More The Why Behind the What: Refusals Based on Fear

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People with Dementia Need Outlets: Lessons Learned from Night Crawlers

The person with dementia wants an outlet for that drive and energy but is no longer able to channel these desires into appropriate (for us) venues. If I do not provide an outlet for that energy, drive, or purpose, then I create a problematic situation. … More People with Dementia Need Outlets: Lessons Learned from Night Crawlers

Helpful Hints for Handling Refusals: Dressing

This blog builds on information covered in some other blogs: Care refusals based on fear Preventing care-resistant/care refusal behavior Handling care refusals in real time In this blog, I will show you how to tailor these general approaches to specific situations where you may have, or have already encountered, care refusals or resistance. “Let’s Get Dressed” … More Helpful Hints for Handling Refusals: Dressing

Dementia Care Partners: Do You Have a Back-Up Plan?

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?

For New Caregivers: Crash Course in Dementia

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

10 Strategies for Handling Care Refusals in the Moment

10 ways to get around “no” and “I already did that”! … More 10 Strategies for Handling Care Refusals in the Moment

I’m Afraid I’ll Get Alzheimer’s Disease…What Can I Do Now?

As many of us become caregivers, we may become afraid that we may get Alzheimer’s Disease or some other dementia. Some people inquire about genetic testing. At the moment, genetic testing for an inherited form of Alzheimer’s Disease is reserved for research studies because of its rarity. For the other dementias, the interaction between genetic … More I’m Afraid I’ll Get Alzheimer’s Disease…What Can I Do Now?

Sham Science and Dementia: Periodontal Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and “Cures”

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”

The 10 Commandments of Frontal Temporal Dementia Caregiving: 10 Things a Person with behavioral FTD Wants You to Know and Do!

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!

How to Tell the Difference Between Hallucinations and Illusions in People with Dementia

Hallucinations refer to sights, sounds, and smells that come from inside the brain. Hallucinations are common with Lewy Body Dementia but can happen with any dementia. The person with dementia is seeing, hearing, or smelling stuff that the rest of us are not experiencing. Illusions refer to mis-seeing (misperceiving) objects that ARE real. So how … More How to Tell the Difference Between Hallucinations and Illusions in People with Dementia