What does “getting a dementia diagnosis” look like?

Are you thinking about getting a more in-depth dementia diagnosis for yourself or a loved one? If you aren’t, you may want to consider it.  I visited University of Pittsburgh’s Montefiore Hospital and did a two-day observation of their interdisciplinary team’s diagnosis process. The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) is a fantastic place to goContinue reading “What does “getting a dementia diagnosis” look like?”

#1 reason that ROUTINE is going to save you a lot of dementia-related drama

Routine. It’s about what you do regularly, probably every day, even if you aren’t consciously thinking about it.  Routine is essential when you’re caring for someone with dementia. Not only is it just about what you do, it’s about what they used to do. What does that mean?  It means that we need to relyContinue reading “#1 reason that ROUTINE is going to save you a lot of dementia-related drama”

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 means that people will become more agitated, upset, and irritable later in the day—usually because they are tired. “He’s no good!” she cried out. “He’s a no-good, son-of-a-bitch!” she sobbed.  “Sandra,Continue reading “Don’t Cry in Front of the Baby”

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