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Hiding Dementia- Mom Is Just Fine

  I called to chat with June, my mother in law. She sounded out of breath and anxious. I asked if everything was okay. At first, she said yes but when I press she told me what had happened. June has lived in her hometown for well over 50 years. Today, she got...

What is The Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

  This is probably the number one question people often have. For years everyone talked about Alzheimer’s Disease and now it seems the focus has shifted to Dementia. So, what is the difference? The fact is dementia isn’t a specific disease. Rather it is a...

No! I Will Not Put Dad in Memory Care!

  “We moved Dad to an assisted living facility a year and a half ago. Someone suggested that we place him in memory care but I wouldn’t hear of it.” Shanice told me.” I figured Dad would be mortified if I placed him in a place like that. After all, this was my...

Bathing Dementia Patients- Are Sponge Baths Good Enough?

Is it okay to just give mom a sponge bath? “It can be a real challenge getting mom into and out of the shower. Sometimes her feet do not seem to move. On top of that, she gets really anxious. By the time we are finished we are both angry and worn out.” This is a...

Shadowing- Will It Ever Stop?

Shadowing- A Dementia Behavior Families who are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia may have experienced Shadowing. This is a dementia behavior that is actually quite common.  Your dad, mom, spouse or someone else you care for may follow...

Sundowners Was Taking Over My Life- Were Drugs the Only Solution?

  “I am about to pull my hair out!” Marcie cried. “ I have been caring for mother for 5 years now. She has Alzheimer’s Disease. I thought I could handle it but that was before Sundowners entered the scene!” Sundowners- This is the name given to a set of symptoms...

When It Isn’t Dementia- 5 Conditions Mimic Dementia

  There are several conditions that often mimic the symptoms of dementia. These conditions may also cause changes in memory, behavior and personality changes. Additionally, when coupled with dementia they may also cause the symptoms to worsen. If someone suddenly...

Dad’s Brain Was Hijacked-Dealing With Dementia

  "I need to find a place for dad", he told me.   When I asked what was going on with him Randy hesitated.   “I can’t help you if I don’t know what is really going on and what Dad’s needs are!” I insisted. “There isn’t a lot of money.” Randy told me....

Brain Health or Alzheimer’s-Just Luck of the Draw?

If you are worried about your brain health and whether or not you will develop Alzheimer's Disease you are not alone. This is a worry that plagues thousands of people every day. “My uncle was sharp as a tack right up until the very end. And he lived to be 96 years...

Celebrating Mother’s Day In Memory Care

  “Some days mom knows who I am and some days she doesn’t. I am not sure what to do about Mother’s day. Mom is in a special Memory Care Home. Should I even show up to celebrate? What if it just confuses her more” ~Caren This is certainly a challenge for Caren and...

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