5 steps to get you into the world of someone living with dementia

I had someone tell me recently that they’d used my Embracing Their Reality techniques when talking to their mother with dementia. “I told her that we were going to see her parents, and she looked confused. She was talking about her parents the week before, so I just started the conversation about seeing them! Embracing […]

5 steps to get you into the world of someone with dementia I had someone tell me recently that they’d used my Embracing Their Reality techniques when talking to their mother with dementia. “I told her that we were going to see her parents, and she looked confused. She was talking about her parents the week […]

It’s time we ditched the word “lying” in dementia care

I’ve debated writing a post like this for some time: a post that really hits the nail on the head with how I feel about the term “lying” in dementia care. So, here goes. I am fully aware that not all professionals in dementia care agree with me, and I know that this is going to […]

Stop trying to “convince” them

Logic and dementia don’t mix. What does that mean? It really means that using logic to “explain yourself” to someone with dementia won’t work out well. So, saying to someone with dementia, “But you can’t eat lunch, because you already ate lunch” won’t compute. They don’t remember eating, they still feel hungry, and they think […]

“But you already took them” and other Logic Statements that don’t work

Logic and dementia don’t mix. What does that mean? It really means that using logic to “explain yourself” to someone with dementia won’t work out well. So, saying to someone with dementia, “But you can’t eat lunch, because you already ate lunch” won’t compute. They don’t remember eating, they still feel hungry, and they think you’re making […]

When it’s hard to “embrace someone’s reality”

A reader wrote in: Hi, my husband has Parkinson’s Dementia diagnosed 6 months ago and recently has started to have hallucinations. I tell the people he sees at night to leave the house and not to come back and this usually works. However he now asks how they got into the house and I don’t […]

Logic and dementia don’t mix

One thing I encounter often is when caregivers try their hardest to “convince” people with dementia of facts that they no longer understand.  People will say things to me like, “I keep trying to tell my mom that dad is dead, but she doesn’t believe me. How do I convince her?” Here’s my answer: stop trying […]

The elevator engineer

Neil was in an early-moderate stage of dementia. He was also fairly young (late 60s) and broad-shouldered. Neil didn’t have much family, but the family he did have were his old coworkers. Like many men of a certain generation, Neil was not interested in doing the usual “activities” we provided at the community. Singing, entertainers, arts […]

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