Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Alzheimer’s Association have excellent general resources for dementia caregivers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please refer to those sites first; I am not going to repeat their advice on this blog. Instead, I provide some additional and practical COVID-19 and dementia caregiving tips … More COVID-19 and Dementia Caregiving Tips
It may seem like common sense to remove firearms from the house of a person with dementia. Especially if you have observed prior instances of unsafe behavior. But what happens when the person with dementia reports the guns as stolen? Read more for pre-emptive strategies and approaches for both family members and law enforcement. … More Guns and Dementia: No Brainer?
Once you realize that the person with dementia is having pain, the next step is to address the pain. … More Dementia and Pain: Fixing the Cause
“I really want to travel or go on vacation with my family member who has dementia. What do you think?” My response is, “It depends on a couple of things.” Did the Person Living with Dementia Enjoy Traveling? This may seem like a silly question, but it is really important. I personally love to BE … More Vacations, Travel, and Dementia
People with dementia may no longer recognize themselves in a mirror and may think they have a new friend. … More When Persons with Dementia “Friend” Themselves
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
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?
“Lewy Bodies” are abnormal proteins that show up in the parts of the brain the handle memory, sleep, movement, and “automatic” bodily functions like heart rate and blood pressure. Some people start out with difficulty moving and tremors and are initially diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Over time, they develop memory problems. In these cases, clinicians … More Lewy Body Dementia
Sundowning refers to behaviors seen in persons with dementia that usually occur at the end of the day. Many clinicians and caregivers/care partners seem resigned that this will simply happen and that there is nothing that can be done to prevent or manage it. Which is why I hate the term, and prefer to think … More How to Deal with Sundowning: Myths and Management
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