Tips for Dementia Caregivers During The Holidays

Caregivers struggle with how best to celebrate holidays with persons with Alzheimer’s dementia. I provide strategies for maximizing enjoyment while minimizing distress for all. … More Tips for Dementia Caregivers During The Holidays

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Managing Dementia in Acute and Long-Term Care Settings

Back by popular demand, the informative episode Managing Dementia in Acute and Long-term Care Settings will re-air this Friday (November 1st) at Noon, CST. Join Dr. Rita Jablonski and host Dr. Tracie White, as they discuss how to improve the hospital experience for people with dementia. Dr. Jablonski will also offer tips for caregivers in … More Managing Dementia in Acute and Long-Term Care Settings

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.

Dear Seagull: An Open Letter to Those Who Want to Question My Care

The next time you feel compelled to criticize or undermine my care, close your mouth and open your checkbook.  … More Dear Seagull: An Open Letter to Those Who Want to Question My Care

Dementia and Pain: Fixing the Cause

Once you realize that the person with dementia is having pain, the next step is to address the pain. … More Dementia and Pain: Fixing the Cause

Dementia and Pain

People with dementia DO feel pain. They may be unable to tell you in words, but they are communicating in other ways! … More Dementia and Pain

No Diet Can Cure Dementia!

My sister reached out to me yesterday about diet and dementia. She found a recent story circulating on FB about how family members “cured” an 82-year-old woman’s dementia. “I want to hear what Rita has to say.” Thank you, Margo! This blog is dedicated to my sister, my Aunt Peg and other FB friends who … More No Diet Can Cure Dementia!

Upcoming Event

Make your plans to attend this free training conference in Pelham, AL. Registration is available online at http://www.m4a.org/register. The deadline is Sept. 30.

Paid Caregivers: Agency or Personal Hire?

You need help. You cannot keep caring by yourself. Do you hire someone from an agency or find someone yourself? Agency Pros The agency, not you, deals with payroll, taxes, benefits, and workmen’s compensation. The agency conducts relevant background checks and interviews. The agency handles staffing schedules, including replacements for call-ins. The agency should be … More Paid Caregivers: Agency or Personal Hire?

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 … More Vacations, Travel, and Dementia