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…

The 3 Questions Every Dementia Caregiver Should Ask Clinicians: Starting the Palliative Care Conversation

We described palliative care as “aggressive symptom management for maximum quality of life at the present time.” The goal is to treat and remove, or reduce, symptoms that are bothering the person who is deeply forgetful.  Symptoms such as pain, or problems like urinary tract infections, are handled in ways that make sense to the person living in Dementia Land.

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. 

When Persons with Dementia “Friend” Themselves

People with dementia may no longer recognize themselves in a mirror and may think they have a new friend.

Flowers and Salmon Patties: How To Slow Down Loss of Function in Persons with Dementia

Well-meaning family and formal caregivers sometimes start to "overdo" for persons with dementia. "I don't want her to get hurt" or "I don't want him to feel embarrassed" or "It is just so much easier if I do (fill in the blank)." What people do not realize is that once a person with dementia forgets how to do an activity or task, he or she is rarely able to relearn it. There just aren't enough nerve cells to knit together a new memory. 

10 Commandments of Dementia Caregiving

The 10 Commandments of Dementia Caregiving

Meet the Dementias: 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.