The Power of Procedural Memory: What Tony Bennett, Salmon Patties, and Fridge Worms Have in Common

At the time of this writing, Tony Bennett gave a concert with Lady Gaga. In spite of severe memory loss, Mr. Bennett gave a flawless performance. This is an example of procedural memory. In Mr. Bennett’s case, he had sung his songs thousands of times over decades. His “library of songs” is an over-learned skill. … More The Power of Procedural Memory: What Tony Bennett, Salmon Patties, and Fridge Worms Have in Common

Dealing with Irritability in Persons with Dementia

Learn why people with dementia get irritable and what to do about it. … More Dealing with Irritability in Persons with Dementia

Five Tips for Celebrating Halloween and Fall Festivals with People Living with Dementia

Halloween can be fun, but it can also be challenging for people living with dementia. Here are five easy tips to make Halloween safe and fun for persons living with dementia! … More Five Tips for Celebrating Halloween and Fall Festivals with People Living with Dementia

Happy Valentine’s Day 2021

Valentine’s Day is traditionally about romance. It celebrates the fun side of love. For many carers and care partners of persons living with dementia, love is demonstrated daily through multiple acts of kindness and dignity. Here is my Valentine’s message to these heroes. Send a care partner that you know something special this Valentine’s Day. … More Happy Valentine’s Day 2021

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