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

Are you enjoying my blog posts? Grab a free download of one chapter from my audiobook here and also receive any future helpful tips and posts right to your inbox! 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?Continue reading “At home, in adult day care, in assisted living…how do you know if it’s a good fit?”

How one woman got her husband to agree to attend adult day care

She knew that she’d have a hard time getting her husband, Ben, into adult day care. Ben loved working, and now that he was retired and had dementia, he still liked to find projects to do. Convincing him that he could benefit from adult day care certainly wasn’t going to work (and doing this withContinue reading “How one woman got her husband to agree to attend adult day care”

HOW TO: 3 tips for keeping them engaged while you get other tasks done

Are you enjoying my blog posts? Grab a free download of one chapter from my audiobook here and also receive any future helpful tips and posts right to your inbox! “It sounds bad, but I can’t get anything done with my wife around,” Walter sighed. “She wants to ‘help,’ but I end up having to re-do herContinue reading “HOW TO: 3 tips for keeping them engaged while you get other tasks done”

Dementia and English as a Second Language

Are you enjoying my blog posts? Grab a free download of one chapter from my audiobook here and also receive any future helpful tips and posts right to your inbox! I’ve had a number of clients and residents over the years lose their ability to speak. Sometimes this happens early in the disease process, andContinue reading “Dementia and English as a Second Language”

“She KNOWS something is wrong with her.”

A woman in the audience raised her hand. “I have a good friend with dementia, and sometimes she’ll say, ‘I know something is wrong with me.’ It really breaks my heart, but I don’t know what to say! Should I tell her she has dementia?” Here’s what I said: She is already aware that thereContinue reading ““She KNOWS something is wrong with her.””

Always ask people with dementia for help

Are you enjoying my blog posts? Grab a free download of one chapter from my audiobook here and also receive any future helpful tips and posts right to your inbox! “He’s really combative,” the staff member complained, popping in my doorway. “Christian keeps slapping my hand away when I’m trying to wash his face.” “Okay,Continue reading “Always ask people with dementia for help”

Wait…did you mean Early Onset or Early Stage?

Yep, there’s a difference between these two phrases and we need to make sure we’re using the correct one! I get asked about terminology in geriatrics probably more than I get asked about anything else. “What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia?” “Wait, what’s dementia mean?” “What’s MCI?” “What’s early onset?” I hear these questions a lot, and it’s importantContinue reading “Wait…did you mean Early Onset or Early Stage?”

Should he be driving, still?

The short answer? Probably not. Families ask me often if I think that their loved one with dementia “should still be driving,” and my answer is usually, “almost-definitely-not.” Here’s the problem with driving and dementia: even if your loved one can still get from point A to point B without a problem, it doesn’t mean that theyContinue reading “Should he be driving, still?”

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