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

2021 Crash Course in Dementia-Centric Communication

Dementia-centric communication is the ability to interact with people who have dementia in a respectful and meaningful way. I hear, over and over again, “I don’t know what to say to a person with dementia.” “What if I do something wrong?” Fear not, I am here to help by providing some key points to guide … More 2021 Crash Course in Dementia-Centric Communication

Dementia & Poop: How to Avoid Accidents and Stop Smearing

Warning: This is a graphic topic. Learning and Procedural Memory Today, I received a call from a good friend who was very upset. She is caring for her father and he is smearing his poop all over the bathroom. Towels, walls, any surface within reach. He is leaving the bathroom with feces all over his … More Dementia & Poop: How to Avoid Accidents and Stop Smearing

Do People with Dementia Remember What They Want to Remember?

Caregivers find selective memory difficult and frustrating with people with dementia. This blog provides insight and help. … More Do People with Dementia Remember What They Want to Remember?

Meet the Dementias: Start Here

Many people confuse dementia with Alzheimer’s Disease. A person with Alzheimer’s has dementia. A person with dementia does not always have Alzheimer’s Disease. … More Meet the Dementias: Start Here

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

I explain how the shrinking brain causes many of the repetitive questions and behaviors that caregivers find frustrating.
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The “Why” Behind the “What:” Mixed-up Memories

Avoid quizzing the person with dementia. Logic does not work. Arguing does not work. … More The “Why” Behind the “What:” Mixed-up Memories