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Engagement- The Secret to A Happy Memory Care Home

Engagement is really the key ingredient that makes the difference in the lives of our seniors. All people want to be engaged in life. It is what makes our lives valuable and worth living. When thinking about placing someone you love in a home what do you visualize?...

Dementia and Anxiety- 3 Steps to Calm

Dementia and Anxiety go hand in hand. These are common symptoms that someone with dementia may experience. And if you are a family member caring for someone with dementia you may not know what to do. This, in turn, may cause you to become anxious. And now the vicious...

Accepting Alzheimer’s- When Mom is No Longer Mom

Accepting Alzheimer's may sound like an easy thing to do. After all your logical mind knows that your mom's behaviors are simply part of the disease. “Mom is not the same person she once was. Everyone tries to tell me she is still there inside. But I can’t see it. My...

Mother’s Day With Dementia

Celebrating Mother's Day with dementia in the picture may seem a little hard to plan. When mom has dementia, celebrations may seem a bit more challenging. But this does not mean that you shouldn’t celebrate them. True, Mom may not even know that it is Mother’s Day. ...

Yesterday Mom Had Dementia- But Today? Diagnosing Dementia

Diagnosing Dementia- Does Mom have this disease or not? "Yesterday there was no doubt in my mind that Mom was suffering from dementia. Mom was extremely confused and could not figure out what to do with the washing machine. She paced all day wringing her hands...

Alzheimer’s Behaviors-Me and My Shadow- Dad Follows Me Everywhere

What do you do when these strange Alzheimers behaviors interrupt your life?   “I feel like I have a chain around my neck. Dad can not let me have one moment of peace. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Dad. He has always been there for me. And I want to be there for...

A New Way to Predict Dementia?

  Can anyone predict dementia? One of the biggest fears facing baby boomers and the X-generation is the fear of getting dementia.  Millions of family caregivers are caring for someone with dementia.  In fact, approximately 43.5 million caregivers have provided...

Dementia Diagnosis- When to Tell Others

A dementia diagnosis can be devastating for everyone involved. Like any major disease, this is a whole family issue. It does not only affect the person with the disease. And this diagnosis can be especially painful if it comes early in your life. “Bob and I had both...

The Doctor Said Mom Was Fine- How To Diagnose Dementia

  How do you diagnose dementia? Getting a dementia diagnosis is not as easy as you might think. You go to your family physician thinking they can help you figure out what is going on with Mom. But you discover he/she may be as clueless as you are. And let’s face...

Dementia Challenges- When Dad Forgets Mom Has Passed Away

There are a lot of challenges that dementia can bring to a family. One of the most challenging is when the dementia patient forgets key events in their life. “Dad keeps asking about Mom. He wants to know where she is and why she isn’t living with him. When we try to...

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