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

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Difference between hallucinations, illusions, and delusions?

An illusion is something that can be misinterpreted by your vision or or hearing. Hallucinations, on the other hand, involve hearing, seeing, or feeling something that is not there. Delusions are false beliefs usually arising from fears. … More Difference between hallucinations, illusions, and delusions?

10 Commandments of Dementia Caregiving

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Can a Person with Dementia Safely Make Decisions?

The asking of the questions is a process; we are providing an opportunity to really find out what the other person is thinking. On one hand, we want to protect our loved ones from financial abuse or unsafe conditions. On the other hand, we want to respect their autonomy….their ability to make their own decisions.  … More Can a Person with Dementia Safely Make Decisions?

Meet the Dementias: Start Here

Many people confuse dementia with Alzheimer’s Disease. A person with Alzheimer’s has dementia. A person with dementia does not always have Alzheimer’s Disease. … More Meet the Dementias: Start Here

The “Why” Behind the “What:” Shrinking Brain and Memory Loss

I explain how the shrinking brain causes many of the repetitive questions and behaviors that caregivers find frustrating.
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The “Why” Behind the “What:” Mixed-up Memories

Avoid quizzing the person with dementia. Logic does not work. Arguing does not work. … More The “Why” Behind the “What:” Mixed-up Memories

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 … More Crash Course in Dementia-Centric Communication

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

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 … More Dementia and “Entering Their Reality:” Combining Elements of Truth with Preserving Dignity