Put simply: definitely not. In order to combat ANY sort of loss, we need a couple things in our mental toolkits, right? We need the ability to process, store and recall information, and we also need the ability to understand the passage of time. A loss could be something like losing a beloved relative orContinue reading “Should we tell her we sold her house?”
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“We bring Rachael in for a different perspective,” the nursing school’s professor told her class. “As I said before: do what she says in practice, but remember to write the opposite of what she says when you’re taking your boards.” The class nodded, but I was shocked. “Wait, nursing schools still teach reorientation? I thoughtContinue reading “Enter the Gray Area: Communicating with someone living with dementia”
Let’s talk interior design in dementia care. I share a story from my past and talk about WHY what I’m doing now is so important to me. Amanda and her team at The Simple Home are sponsoring this episode! You’re definitely going to want to check them out. To see the other blog I mentioned,Continue reading
From both the perspective of the family making the move AND the community accepting a new resident!
In this episode, I discuss the 3 worst move-ins of new residents to dementia care that I’ve ever been a part of! Let’s talk about how we could’ve made these moves into senior living WAY less painful. This episode is sponsored by TeleCalm, a phone service that assists adults living with dementia and their caregivers.Continue reading
‘Well, that was a weird moment’ and other signs of dementia family members should watch for My interview with The Washington Post!
“Oh yeah, every time that dad forgets mom is dead, we head to the cemetery so he can see her gravestone.” WHAT. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard some version of this awful story. Stop taking people with dementia to the cemetery. Seriously. I cringe every single time someone tells me aboutContinue reading “Stop taking people with dementia to the cemetery + stories from my blog readers!”
“When can I go home?” is probably the most dreaded question that any family caregiver or care staff member hears from a person living with dementia. Panic ensues as the caregiver stumbles through trying to tell the person that they “can’t” go home. What can we do instead? This episode is sponsored by OpenCareApp! ForContinue reading
“My Mother has dementia as well as high blood pressure. She is on medication for the blood pressure, but often has blood pressure spikes. Recently, it spiked to 214/82 and required her to go to the ER. Does a spike like this, or even less severe spikes, cause dementia symptoms to become worse temporarily orContinue reading “Stress on the body = stress on the mind”