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Ten Strategies for Managing Care Refusals in the Moment

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Ten strategies for managing care refusals: entering their reality, bridging, distraction, hand-over-hand, mirror-mirror, vibes, ask for help, apologize with praise, rewards, and rescue.

What to Do When People with Dementia Refuse Help and Care (Part 2 of Care Refusals)

In last week’s blog, I explained why people living with dementia refuse care. In this week’s blog, I explain what to do about it. Read on for strategies that you can use immediately to prevent care-refusal behavior and  strategies to help you manage care-refusal behavior as soon as it happens.

COVID-19 and Dementia Caregiving Tips

COVID-19 Care planning Dementia

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 […]

Tips for Dementia Caregivers During The Holidays

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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.

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.

Driving and Dementia: Should You Take Away the Keys?

Nearly everyone struggles with whether or not a person with dementia should be driving. This blog tackles some of the issues.

Is “therapeutic fibbing” a good idea?

Best ways to get a person with Alzheimer’s dementia to accept care is to enter their reality.

Why People with Dementia Say No (And What to Do About it)

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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 […]

The “Why” Behind the “What:” Shrinking Brain and Memory Loss

Brain shrinkage happens in dementia and is the root cause for many of the problematic behaviors.

I explain how the shrinking brain causes many of the repetitive questions and behaviors that caregivers find frustrating.

The “Why” Behind the “What:” Mixed-up Memories

Alzheimer's and other dementias causes compartments in the brain to break down, mixing up the memories.

Avoid quizzing the person with dementia. Logic does not work. Arguing does not work.

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