Tag: caregiver

A Mother's Touch

Every so often, Bill will come walking into our office. Our office door is always open, so it is not uncommon for residents to come

A Place Like This (Home)

“I don’t want to end up in a place like this,” she told a coworker. “It’s awful and depressing to have dementia.” I tried not to

Flowers, a cake, invitations.

dementia-by-day: “I need a cab!” he said, motioning to the phone. “Oh, where do you need to go?” I asked. “I’m getting married soon,” he

Don’t Cry in Front of the Baby

Sandra was known for sundowning. Most days, Sandra would start crying around 3 PM.  “Sundowning” is a common phenomenon for people with dementia. Essentially, it

If I Tell Him Enough, He Will Remember.

So many caregivers feel that if they tell their loved one with dementia something enough times, that piece of information will stay with them.  “Dad,

Found: Dog

Adding the stuffed animals from Memorable Pets to our community was an immediate upgrade. The cats and dogs were a welcome sight to many of our

The Show Must Go On

Tabitha came into our meeting, her hair hanging in her face. “Does anybody have a hair clip in here!” she called out.  I’ve written about

The Mathematician

Mr. Johnston was always dressed to the nines. His shirts were crisp and tucked in, and his round glasses sat perfectly against the bridge of

Do You Remember?

I try hard, every day, to avoid using the word “remember” at work. You never know what someone does or does not remember, and I