Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Did you ever ask your loved one living with Dementia where they went to first grade?


I did and much to my surprise my mother answered without hesitation - Saint Monica's.


I had this conversation with my mother in 2010. To put this in context, Dotty first attended Saint Monica's in 1922. At the time of the conversation she was 93 years old; and, in the moderate to severe stage of Alzheimer's.

To learn more about this episode go to this article - I Had to Remind Myself - My Mom Was Deeply Forgetful - and look for the story about half way down the page.

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Use of Positive Thinking and the Dementia Shower


Getting an Alzheimer's patient to shower can be difficult. | Alzheimer's Reading Room
Getting an Alzheimer's patient to shower can be difficult. In order to accomplish this mission you will need to learn how to be a guide, and how to use positive reinforcement. You will also need to understand you are dealing with an adult living with dementia, not a child.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Surprising Story Behind "The 36-Hour Day"


I thought I knew every word in the book - The 36 Hour Day - like many families, it was our Alzheimer's caregiving "bible"
The 36 Hour Day 
I thought I knew every word in the book - The 36 Hour Day - like many families, it was our Alzheimer's caregiving "bible". It's what I didn't know about The 36 Hour Day until I visited at length with author, Dr. Peter V. Rabins that surprised me most.
The 36-Hour Day a book that has been so successful that is has spawned five editions since 1980, enjoyed sales in excess of 2.5 million copies, not including mass market paperbacks.


Saturday, August 29, 2015

How to Get an Alzheimer's Checkbook


The New Alzheimer's Checkbook | Alzheimer's Reading Room
A huge charade ensued – all of my mother’s experience of managing the checking account remained the same: receiving the bills into her home, and sitting down to write the checks. There was one important difference.

My mother always kept the checkbook and ran the household accounts while she raised her family and through my parents’ retirement years. She continued to manage her money after my father died. As Alzheimer’s claimed its terrible price, she continued to control her checkbook with my sister’s assistance.