“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
Members of minority groups who are at higher risk for diabetes and high blood pressure are at higher risk for vascular dementia. Vascular dementia may show up suddenly, after a stroke. It may also show up slowly as a result of years of heart and blood vessel disease.
… More Meet the Dementias: Vascular Dementia
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?
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
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?
The 10 Commandments of Dementia Caregiving … More 10 Commandments of Dementia Caregiving
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?
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
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