5 steps to get you into the world of someone with dementia I had someone tell me recently that they’d used my Embracing Their Reality techniques when talking to their mother with dementia. “I told her that we were going to see her parents, and she looked confused. She was talking about her parents the weekContinue reading

“Why can’t I…find…the words?”

Are you enjoying my blog posts? Grab a free download of one chapter from my audiobook here and also receive any future helpful tips and posts right to your inbox! I was thrilled: we’d made it through an entire class without Ava getting upset. And, to top it all off, she was doing so well!Continue reading ““Why can’t I…find…the words?””

Assisted Living is NOT your enemy

“We want to keep her out of assisted living as long as possible.” “My brother thinks it’s horrible that we want to move dad.” “I’m exhausted caring for my loved one at home, but moving them just seems cruel.” “She took care of me when I was younger, so now it’s my turn.” “I don’tContinue reading “Assisted Living is NOT your enemy”

What does “getting a dementia diagnosis” look like?

Are you thinking about getting a more in-depth dementia diagnosis for yourself or a loved one? If you aren’t, you may want to consider it.  I visited University of Pittsburgh’s Montefiore Hospital and did a two-day observation of their interdisciplinary team’s diagnosis process. The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) is a fantastic place to goContinue reading “What does “getting a dementia diagnosis” look like?”

SOLVE their fear of water

Are you enjoying my blog posts? Grab a free download of one chapter from my audiobook here and also receive any future helpful tips and posts right to your inbox! I had a reader write in recently and ask me about her grandfather’s fear of water. Although it had started with the shower, the problem had migratedContinue reading “SOLVE their fear of water”

“Mom remembers dad, but she also has a new boyfriend.”

Are you enjoying my blog posts? Grab a free download of one chapter from my audiobook here and also receive any future helpful tips and posts right to your inbox! 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 sheContinue reading ““Mom remembers dad, but she also has a new boyfriend.””

At home, in adult day care, in assisted living…how do you know if it’s a good fit?

Are you enjoying my blog posts? Grab a free download of one chapter from my audiobook here and also receive any future helpful tips and posts right to your inbox! How can you tell if where your loved one with dementia is currently living is…well, working? How do you know if it’s the right fit?Continue reading “At home, in adult day care, in assisted living…how do you know if it’s a good fit?”

Don’t ask if they “remember your name”

If I can, I always opt to ditch my name tag in a dementia care environment. I let my friends with dementia decide what my name is: I’ve been Susan, Gwendolyn, and various peoples’ kids. I’ve been so many identities to my residents, too: a coworker, a boss, a student, a sibling, a friend fromContinue reading “Don’t ask if they “remember your name””

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