Tag: caregiver

Losing a second language

I’ve written about this topic before, but it never ceases to amaze me. When people with dementia know more than one language, they almost always

Pureed food doesn’t have to be gross

When people think of a “puree” diet, they typically scrunch up their noses in disgust. “Ugh, mom has to eat that liquefied food?” family members may sometimes

Missing her friend

My grandmom has a good friend with dementia, and this weekend she asked me an interesting question. “Will my friend with dementia miss someone when they

Why reminder notes won’t help

I had been helping a family move their father into our Memory Care. The family had brought a ton of items with them from their

Breakfast Every Meal

Louise wasn’t much for sitting down and eating. In fact, she didn’t want to eat at all. Louise spent her lunches following us to her

Suggestibility & Dementia

“Anna, do you want to come with us to get some ice cream?” I asked her. We were going on a bus ride and stopping

A Bad Move-In

“She isn’t normally like this,” her son assured me. “I promise, she doesn’t always act this way! She’s actually very sweet and calm, usually,” he sighed.

The Cat Knew

“When did you guys get a cat?” Betsy’s daughter, Tina, asked. “Just two weeks ago,” I said. “Why?” Tina explained that the Memory Care unit cat,

An Imaginary Marriage

“Henry! Get your keys, we gotta go!” “I can’t find my keys, Irene! Where did you put them!” “I didn’t put your keys anywhere! Where

Latte

Betta spoke only Italian, which was challenging, because no one else at the dementia care community spoke any Italian. She had come over from Italy