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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Wish list for the caregiver?

The National Institutes of Health just released a paper on the needs of the caregiver "workforce." Here are some highlights from the report: Today family caregivers provide 80% of the care for persons with dementia. 16 million informal caregivers provide approximately 18 billion hours of unpaid care to persons with dementia. The value of the…

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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…

Halloween and Dementia: 4 Helpful Tips

Halloween marks the beginning of the fall and winter holidays. I will be posting more content about holidays and dementia. Here are some simple ideas and tips for CarePartners to  have a safe and sane (ok, as sane as possible) holiday. 1. Play to Your Loved One's Strengths The best way to have an enjoyable…

What is the Difference Between a Nursing Home and an Assisted Living Facility?

How is a nursing home different from an assisted living? What in the world is “Memory Care Facility”? How can I figure out which is best for my loved one? How are they different?

5 Critical Questions to Ask When Selecting a Memory Care Facility (and the RED FLAGS that tell you to RUN!!!)

Pretty wallpaper, beautiful bedrooms, and a snazzy meditation room with aromatherapy and massage chairs are nice; however, if the direct-care staff are clueless about dementia care, none of these items mean anything.