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Written originally on October 19th, 2014, redrafted for May 2021. I hope that I can convey this beautiful moment as well as I want to.
“How did mom eat today? Did she eat all of her lunch?” she asked, as her mother stood beside her. “Does dad give you any trouble
Anonymous writes: My mother has been in a memory care center for 2-½ years. She has recently started kissing a fellow resident even though she
One thing I encounter often is when caregivers try their hardest to “convince” people with dementia of facts that they no longer understand. People will say
Joanne didn’t smile much. In fact, I had not seen her really smile about anything at all. She spoke to others, but sparingly, even
“Susan! Susan, can you help me?” Virginia cried, following me down the hallway. Obviously, my name is not Susan. Virginia began calling me “Susan” early
Well, this last year has definitely been…a lot. Visiting a person living with dementia in dementia care was already difficult, but this year really upped
She’d left her father a “to-do” list that included tasks around the house. He was home, by himself, for a good deal of time during the
“But don’t you remember…?” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people ask this of individuals living with dementia. Honestly, it’s almost comical
Care partners regularly ask me about one of their deepest fears. The fear usually goes like this: at some point, you’ll walk in to visit your
I met Ansel’s wife, Megan, at their home. Ansel had vascular dementia and was in a moderate stage of the disease. Ansel’s wife, however, was
Article by guest author, Lily Harris (firstname.lastname@example.org) If we learnt anything from our last lockdown, it is the importance of companionship, especially for our elderly
I’ve often found that senior living communities offer stronger dining programs to those without dementia. But why is that? I think that it’s mostly because
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I often meet people who tell me about their loved one’s “behaviors” and ask how to “fix them.” My first question is this: Is that
16 Things I Would Want If I Got Dementia
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I wrote this poem years ago, but to date, it’s the most popular piece I’ve ever created.