Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Alzheimer’s Association have excellent general resources for dementia caregivers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please refer to those sites first; I am not going to repeat their advice on this blog. Instead, I provide some additional and practical COVID-19 and dementia caregiving tips … More COVID-19 and Dementia Caregiving Tips
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
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
Nearly everyone struggles with whether or not a person with dementia should be driving. This blog tackles some of the issues. … More Driving and Dementia: Should You Take Away the Keys?
Best ways to get a person with Alzheimer’s dementia to accept care is to enter their reality. … More Is “therapeutic fibbing” a good idea?
People with dementia say “NO” to nearly every question or request. This is an incredible challenge for caregivers. In this blog, I explain one reason for the non-stop no’s…and offer strategies for preventing and managing the negativity. Patterns of Memory Loss and Retrieval Problems All dementias share this same common feature: moving backwards in time. … More Why People with Dementia Say No (And What to Do About it)
I explain how the shrinking brain causes many of the repetitive questions and behaviors that caregivers find frustrating.
… More The “Why” Behind the “What:” Shrinking Brain and Memory Loss
Avoid quizzing the person with dementia. Logic does not work. Arguing does not work. … More The “Why” Behind the “What:” Mixed-up Memories