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?”

SOLVE their fear of water

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 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 migratedContinue 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?

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?”

Don’t ask if they “remember your name”

If I can, I always opt to ditch my name tag in a dementia care environment. I let my friends with dementia decide what my name is: I’ve been Susan, Gwendolyn, and various peoples’ kids. I’ve been so many identities to my residents, too: a coworker, a boss, a student, a sibling, a friend fromContinue reading “Don’t ask if they “remember your name””

Give yourself a break: dementia care takes practice

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 lot of people over the years say to me, “Wow! Dementia care? You must be really patient!”  This is actually kind of funnyContinue reading “Give yourself a break: dementia care takes practice”

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”

When a relative doesn’t “get it” that a loved one has dementia

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! Let’s pretend you have four siblings. You and three of your siblings understand that mom has dementia. You get it: you have been changing theContinue reading “When a relative doesn’t “get it” that a loved one has dementia”

Stop trying to “convince” them

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! 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 outContinue reading “Stop trying to “convince” them”

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