How to Get a Person with Dementia to Drink More Water

It’s summer, it’s hot outside, and dehydration can sneak up on a person with dementia. Even “mild” dehydration can cause confusion. And urinary tract infections (NO!!!!!!!!) How do you get a person with dementia to drink more water? Check out these ideas. Offer Small Sips How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a … More How to Get a Person with Dementia to Drink More Water

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Sex, Intimacy, and Dementia

The reality is, we are all sexual beings and we all want to feel wanted and loved. … More Sex, Intimacy, and Dementia

Understanding Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)

Frontotemporal dementia presents different challenges to caregivers. The cost and behaviors are very different from Alzheimers dementia. … More Understanding Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)

Should My Loved One Go To a Regular Neurologist or Go to a Memory Disorders Clinic?

Family caregivers benefit from a coordinated team approach and from clinicians who are accessible. … More Should My Loved One Go To a Regular Neurologist or Go to a Memory Disorders Clinic?

Dementia “Fakers”: 8 Fixable Problems That Can Cause Memory Problems

There are several illnesses and substances that can cause memory loss, especially in older adults. Read here for those dementia “pretenders.” … More Dementia “Fakers”: 8 Fixable Problems That Can Cause Memory Problems

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. … More When Persons with Dementia “Friend” Themselves

Challenges Facing Employed Care Partners

Care partners of persons with dementia struggle to stay in the workforce. … More Challenges Facing Employed Care Partners

3 Ways to Get a Person with Dementia to Take Their Medications

“I don’t need to take that medication. There is nothing wrong with me.” Sound familiar? 1. Are the Medications ABSOLUTELY Necessary? At least once a week I’m on the phone with a family caregiver dealing with that issue. One of the first things I talk about is which meds we can safely stop. Did you … More 3 Ways to Get a Person with Dementia to Take Their Medications

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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The Why Behind the What: Refusals Based on Fear

People with dementia experience fear differently from you and me. This blog explains why and provides ways for caregivers to handle this overactive fear response.\ … More The Why Behind the What: Refusals Based on Fear