Vacations, Travel, and Dementia

"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…

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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.

Meet the Dementias: Vascular Dementia

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.

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Dementia Care Partners: Do You Have a Back-Up Plan?

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…

How to Deal with Sundowning: Myths and Management

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…

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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.

10 Commandments of Dementia Caregiving

The 10 Commandments of Dementia Caregiving

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. 

Dementia is an umbrella word for progressive memory loss. Other dementias include Alzheimer's, Lewy Body, vascular, and fronto-temporal.

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.

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…