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 […]

Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness: AlzBetter Sings Your Praises

  • Posted on: 06, 10, 2016
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Alzheimer’s disease, a disease of memory loss, a disease of decreased communication. Those who care are the advocates for those who are unable to speak up for themselves.  As individuals and organizations who provide in-home care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, we know the affects that dementia can have on the person diagnosed. Moreover, the […]

Preparing for Winter Weather for Someone with Memory Loss

  • Posted on: 01, 22, 2016
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‘Baby its cold outside.’ There are preparations and actions to take to assist when cold or unwanted weather is in the forecast. You know it, I know it. But that doesn’t mean that the person with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia realizes it. There are many ways to prepare for the colder temperatures. […]

Support in the New Year

Happy New Year! Are you spending any time caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, any form of dementia or memory loss? Often, when faced with some of the challenges that being a care partner brings, our time does not seem very celebratory. It’s a New Year! Many times we find it necessary to make New […]