How one woman got her husband to agree to attend adult day care

She knew that she’d have a hard time getting her husband, Ben, into adult day care. Ben loved working, and now that he was retired and had dementia, he still liked to find projects to do. Convincing him that he could benefit from adult day care certainly wasn’t going to work (and doing this withContinue reading “How one woman got her husband to agree to attend adult day care”

HOW TO: 3 tips for keeping them engaged while you get other tasks done

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! “It sounds bad, but I can’t get anything done with my wife around,” Walter sighed. “She wants to ‘help,’ but I end up having to re-do herContinue reading “HOW TO: 3 tips for keeping them engaged while you get other tasks done”

Give yourself a break: dementia care takes practice

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’ve had a lot of people over the years say to me, “Wow! Dementia care? You must be really patient!”  This is actually kind of funnyContinue reading “Give yourself a break: dementia care takes practice”

Dementia and English as a Second Language

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’ve had a number of clients and residents over the years lose their ability to speak. Sometimes this happens early in the disease process, andContinue reading “Dementia and English as a Second Language”

Alzheimer’s disease is always dementia, but dementia is not always Alzheimer’s disease

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! If that’s confusing, you’re not alone. Most people do not realize that there’s anything wrong with the sentence, “Alzheimer’s and dementia.” I can’t tell you howContinue reading “Alzheimer’s disease is always dementia, but dementia is not always Alzheimer’s disease”

When a relative doesn’t “get it” that a loved one has dementia

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! Let’s pretend you have four siblings. You and three of your siblings understand that mom has dementia. You get it: you have been changing theContinue reading “When a relative doesn’t “get it” that a loved one has dementia”

Understanding the limitations of a person with dementia

A reader of my blog wrote in recently to ask me about a woman who was taking care of her mother. This woman was trying to get her mom with advanced dementia to sit at a table, eat with utensils, hold and pay attention to conversation, and eat regular foods. The reader was frustrated byContinue reading “Understanding the limitations of a person with dementia”

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