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…

Bladder Infections Trigger Increased Irritability (and other behaviors!) in Persons with Dementia

Caregivers or care partners are often surprised when their loved one with dementia suddenly becomes irritable, nasty, even physically violent. A bladder infection, also known as a urinary tract infection, may be the culprit. Where Did THAT Come From? You knew that being a care partner was going to have some challenges, but today..????  Your loved…

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!

Should I Educate My Wife About Her Alzheimer’s?

"My wife is in stage 4 Alzheimer's. She is in denial about her Alzheimer’s. Should I remind her that she has Alzheimer’s and educate her about the disease?" I received the following question from a reader: "My wife is in stage 4. She is in denial about her Alzheimer’s. She is a Christian and always…

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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…