Agreeing to Remember: Teaching Dementia Care Through Improv

A friend and I just started a new group, Agreeing to Remember. I’ve been performing improv comedy for over 7 years, and, other than dementia care, it’s my biggest passion. I love being on stage, “playing” with my friends, and creating a world that didn’t exist previously. Improv and positive dementia care have a lot inContinue reading “Agreeing to Remember: Teaching Dementia Care Through Improv”

There’s Friendship in Dementia

A pair of my residents walked down the hall together. Joyce was hand in hand with her new friend, Darlene. Joyce stopped and looked at me carefully.  “Have you seen ‘Melissa’ around here anywhere?” she asked me. I cracked a smile, but tried not to laugh. “Melissa” was Darlene’s daughter’s name. Darlene tended to perseverate on theContinue reading “There’s Friendship in Dementia”

Help! My Loved One Won’t Sleep

I received a great question from a reader, and I think that a lot of people have struggled with the same thing: getting their loved ones with dementia on a normal sleep cycle. Here’s Eva’s question: “My 96-year-old mother-in-law has some form of dementia, and my sister-in-law is her daily caregiver who lives with her.Continue reading “Help! My Loved One Won’t Sleep”

Easy Bathing.

I walked into one of our “Spa Rooms” to wash my hands. It’s one of three rooms where we help our residents take baths or showers.  I paused and looked around. No wonder no residents want to bathe in here, I thought. It looks like a hospital bathroom! Think about your bathroom at home. You’veContinue reading “Easy Bathing.”

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