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Enjoying Dementia – I Remember!

Enjoying dementia! What the heck? Many would argue, “What’s to enjoy about Alzheimer’s disease or any form of dementia?”  Believe me, I agree. It’s a bum rap! With that said, care partners and family members of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease need to find a way to put enjoyment into a less than fabulous diagnosis. The […]

Dementia and Resistance to Care

Often I am asked, “What can I do when my loved one with dementia won’t allow me to provide the care that is needed?” This can be a very challenging issue for many care providers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, whether you are a family member or a professional.  It […]

I Can See Clearly Now

Alzheimer’s disease, like many forms of dementia, can be challenging and upsetting, at best.  Families, loved ones, and care partners may find themselves bearing the brunt of unwanted behaviors as a result. Often, although we are not fond of the actions displayed, we may accept them as the way it is.  After all, this individual […]

All or Nothing. You Decide!

When it comes to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, all or nothing seems unlikely.  The diagnosis comes with many “what ifs?” and “I don’t knows”, and an ever present side dish of “some of this and some of that.” Did you know that there is a day set aside in the month of […]

Dementia and Television Viewing: What is Real and What is Fiction?

  • Posted on: 07, 22, 2016
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We are exposed to so many negative, frightening and disturbing stories. Whether we are watching television, reading the paper, or hearing others talk about them, they are all around us.  For an individual with Alzheimer’s disease, or another form of dementia, this reality can be much too real. There are a variety of television programs.  […]

Alzheimer’s Disease Approach Tips

Alzheimer’s disease, along with other forms of dementia, require unique care.  The style and manner of the attitude and approach care providers take make a difference in the rate of success. Methods of communication matter too.  The many forms of communication become especially important when conversing with someone with Alzheimer’s disease. The spoken word, yes, […]

Dementia and Summer Fun

If your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, or another form of dementia, there are a few things to consider before accepting an invitation this summer. Graduation parties, wedding and baby showers, birthdays and BBQs, are invitations that seemingly promise fun.  If you are finding difficulty whether you should respond yes or no for your loved […]

Keep Calm and Sparkle On!

  The Fourth of July may seem like the perfect time for explosiveness, but not if the topic is your reaction to dementia behaviors. Behaviors are common when caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other forms of dementia. Care partner’s experience challenges getting their loved one to eat, take medications, toilet, […]

Pain and the Person with Dementia

People with cognitive impairments may not be able to verbally express that they are experiencing pain.  Whether the diagnosis is Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, due to a decrease or lack in the ability to recognize and communicate with words, there may be greater problematic or negative behaviors as a result. Pain can […]

Don’t Let a Diagnosis of Dementia Ruin Your Father’s Day

  • Posted on: 06, 17, 2016
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A diagnosis of dementia can wreak havoc on anyone. Let’s face it, it’s a diagnosis that no one wants associated with anyone they care about. “Dad was the strongest man I knew.” “Dad worked hard and kept food on our table.”  “Dad could tell a joke like no one else.”  “Dad always made time for […]