Apr 28, 2017

Routine and the Importance of the First Action of the Day in Dementia Care

In the beginning my mother, who lived with dementia, would wake up with a scowl on her face, a negative attitude, and would often seem less there - like she was out of it memory wise.


The importance of a daily routine in Alzheimer's care and dementia care cannot be underestimated.

The importance of a daily routine can not be underestimated.


After a while, I noticed that my mother started to engage in the same "difficult" behaviors at the same time every day.

I finally decided I would "build" a daily routine to both address these problems; and to change the daily paradigm.


Apr 26, 2017

Did You Know Dementia Patients Get Agitated When Left Alone?

Are you dealing with an Alzheimer's patients that is mean and ornery? Or, sometimes mean and hard to deal with?


Caregivers need to learn that you cannot leave an Alzheimer's or dementia patient alone for any extended period of time.

Did you know that past a certain stage dementia patients cannot be left alone? 

Not even for a very short period of time.


7 Ways to Cope with Dementia Patient Agitation, Aggression, and Meanness

Studies indicate that agitation or aggression is seen in up to 80 percent of Alzheimer's patients.


Agitation or aggression can lead to an Alzheimer's patient being placed in a nursing home, or a memory care facility.

I think about Alzheimer's, dementia, agitation, and meanness all the time. Why?

Agitation or aggression can lead to an Alzheimer's patient being placed in a nursing home, or a memory care facility.



Apr 24, 2017

Can we turn the crisis of dementia care into something good?

One of the last crises we may face in our lives is caring for a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia.


One of the last crises we may face in our lives is caring for a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia.

Winston Churchill famously said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”

These words ring especially true when we are older and can look back on our lives and see the patterns of joy and tragedy, celebration and crisis that make up the warp and woof of a long life.