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

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

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

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

For New Caregivers: Crash Course in Dementia

This blog highlights some of the initial and critical components of caring for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease or another dementia. Read on for more information. … More For New Caregivers: Crash Course in Dementia

10 Strategies for Handling Care Refusals in the Moment

10 ways to get around “no” and “I already did that”! … More 10 Strategies for Handling Care Refusals in the Moment

Placement Does Not Reduce Caregiver Burden

Caregivers of persons with dementia soon discover that placement does not reduce caregiver burden. Placement rearranges the challenges. Families and friends, however, mistakenly assume that once placement happens, caregiver responsibility magically dissolves away. Their assumptions often magnify the guilt and angst already flowing through the caregiver. Dealing with Guilt “Promise me you will never put … More Placement Does Not Reduce Caregiver Burden

The 10 Commandments of Frontal Temporal Dementia Caregiving: 10 Things a Person with behavioral FTD Wants You to Know and Do!

Friends and family feel awkward around people with FTD. This post provides concrete helpful ways to positively interact with persons with FTD. … More The 10 Commandments of Frontal Temporal Dementia Caregiving: 10 Things a Person with behavioral FTD Wants You to Know and Do!

What causes delirium in people with dementia?

People with dementia are at great risk for delirium, which is a sudden uptick in confusion and other behaviors. … More What causes delirium in people with dementia?

Helpful Hints for Handling Refusals: Bathing

Learn how to get a person with Alzheimer’s dementia to shower or bathe. I provide helpful bathing strategies in this blog. … More Helpful Hints for Handling Refusals: Bathing