November 16, 2019

Choosing the perfect gift can leave you racking your brain for that item that won't just get stuffed in a closet. When a loved one has dementia or Alzheimer's, it can present an extra challenge.

First you want to consider what your loved one's currently ability level is...

November 16, 2019

Once a month, I'll answer your questions about dementia and care-giving here in my blog. If you've got a question, feel free to submit it. 

Question: My mom is 86, has had two strokes, and now has vascular dementia. Lately every time I see her, she says how she jus...

November 15, 2019

Paranoia and delusions in dementia can range from the seemingly ridiculous, for example when they suddenly think a denture-thief is on the loose, to the heartbreaking when they think a loving spouse is being unfaithful or accuse family members of stealing from them. Or...

November 14, 2019

People with dementia can sometimes get stuck on a subject or behavior, or might say or do inappropriate things, or ask upsetting questions, or get themselves into unsafe situations. Any time you find yourself in a spot where you want to get them off a topic or activity...

November 13, 2019

Today I'm going to try something new and share my thoughts with you in a video instead. If you'd rather read, I'll also summarize my thoughts down below. I hope this is helpful for you!

As someone's brain deteriorates as a result of dementia, it very often creates new c...

November 9, 2018

Self-care is a big ol' buzzword right now. Especially in the land of caregiving.

A lot of caregivers I've talked to feel frustrated by the idea of adding self-care to their routine, because it just feels like ONE. MORE. THING. for them to take care of.

And I 100% totally...

June 22, 2018

 If you've been a dementia caregiver for any length of time, then I don't have to convince you that it is one the hardest roads to walk. That it takes a heavy emotional and physical toll. Caregivers are 30 times more likely to be depressed than non-caregivers. Up to 40...

June 15, 2018

People with dementia are still people, prone to getting cranky, upset, scared, and the whole rest of the big bag of emotions we all draw from. But the difference is that they are losing the ability to put their feelings into words, and how they express those feelings a...

June 8, 2018

The grief experienced when someone you love has dementia is a unique type of grief. The person you love is still here, but you are already losing parts of them as the disease changes them, and those losses trigger grief.

Not only that, but it's a series of losses. It's...

June 1, 2018

Once a month, I'll answer your questions about dementia and care-giving here in my blog. If you've got a question, feel free to submit it. 

Question: Any tips for how to deal with inevitable power struggles? My partner has dementia, and was always the decisive one...

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