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
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
“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
The reality is, we are all sexual beings and we all want to feel wanted and loved. … More Sex, Intimacy, and Dementia
“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
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 ways to get around “no” and “I already did that”! … More 10 Strategies for Handling Care Refusals in the Moment
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
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!
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?