SOLVE their fear of water

I had a reader write in recently and ask me about her grandfather’s fear of water. Although it had started with the shower, the problem had migrated to even brushing his teeth. He was afraid of the water in the sink, not just the water from the shower faucet! She asked how they could solve this issue,Continue reading “SOLVE their fear of water”

At home, in adult day care, in assisted living…how do you know if it’s a good fit?

How can you tell if where your loved one with dementia is currently living is…well, working? How do you know if it’s the right fit? It’s pretty difficult to ask someone living with dementia what their opinion is on the subject. Even if you were to move them, would that make them happier? Would itContinue reading “At home, in adult day care, in assisted living…how do you know if it’s a good fit?”

Give yourself a break: dementia care takes practice

I’ve had a lot of people over the years say to me, “Wow! Dementia care? You must be really patient!”  This is actually kind of funny to me, because one of the last ways I’d describe myself is “patient.” One of the main reasons I don’t want to work for someone else is because I can’t standContinue reading “Give yourself a break: dementia care takes practice”

Why the earlier stages of dementia are the hardest

Christopher had just moved into our senior living community. He was very nice and polite, but it was pretty clear to me that he wasn’t ready for our level of dementia care. It’s incredibly rare that someone moves a loved one into dementia care too early. In fact, I would say it almost never happens:Continue reading “Why the earlier stages of dementia are the hardest”

Why “remember?” doesn’t work

Very often I’ll watch caregivers interact with their loved ones who have dementia. And, very often, I’ll hear them repeat this phrase: “Remember, I told you that…?” It’s a real pet peeve of mine. Your loved one with dementia doesn’t remember. What happens when you ask them… “Do you remember what you had for breakfast?” “Don’tContinue reading “Why “remember?” doesn’t work”

The man who couldn’t rhyme

We were going around in a circle, working together on word puzzles of sorts. First, we associated words with other words.  “If I say, ‘dog,’ you could say…” I started. “Cat,” one woman answered. “Pets,” the man to her left, Earnie, called. After a few minutes of this activity, I moved onto rhyming. Rhyming is inherently easierContinue reading “The man who couldn’t rhyme”

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