Socialization is important for people with dementia

Jean had become pretty isolated in Assisted Living, Her dementia had progressed, and suddenly the other women were picking on her about it. Because she did not live in a Dementia Care environment, Jean’s peers were nothing like her. She stopped coming to meals, and she stopped going on outings—two things she had previously enjoyed. Continue reading “Socialization is important for people with dementia”

“You’re not my son.”

Alicia danced down the hallway, both hands steadily on her walker. She moved her hips from side to side, singing a little song, and smiled at everyone she passed. Her son, Nick, was walking next to her.  Nick was probably one of the best caregivers I’d ever met. It wasn’t just that he visited hisContinue reading ““You’re not my son.””

“I don’t really remember it, but I know it’s there.”

We were playing a “fill in the blank” game. I had gathered six of the residents in the front hallway of the Skilled Nursing Facility, in the hopes that more would join as they walked by. My little trick worked, and soon I had 10 people gathered around, engaging in the game. This fill-in-the-blank book isContinue reading ““I don’t really remember it, but I know it’s there.””

You are here because you have memory problems, remember?

The pair stood in the hallway, both with their hands on their hips. “Mom,” Andrea sighed, exhausted. “You’re here because you have memory problems, remember?” she asked. Well, that’s kind of a paradox, I thought. “My memory is just fine!” Elena yelled back. “I don’t have any trouble with my memory!” Of course Elena does not realizeContinue reading “You are here because you have memory problems, remember?”

How to move mom into assisted living without a battle

I get asked about moving loved ones to dementia care communities all the time. Families usually feel guilty, panicked, and concerned that their loved one with dementia will be very angry with them. Here are some of my favorite tips to make it go smoother! Order my book and get a whole chapter on thisContinue reading “How to move mom into assisted living without a battle”

The dementia time machine

She laughed. “Yes, my father and I were just talking about it the other night.” Mimi was nearly 100 years old. Her father had probably died 40 years ago, but she talked about him as if he was living nearby.  “He was telling me about the chores we had to do, and we were bothContinue reading “The dementia time machine”

Wonderlin Caregiver Hotline

Whenever someone finds out I work in dementia care, they always have questions for me about themselves or a loved one. I love helping people find answers to their questions. That’s why, now, I offer a caregiver hotline. Pay online ahead of time, send me an email and let me know some times and datesContinue reading “Wonderlin Caregiver Hotline”

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