Transitions in Dementia Part 1

Change is difficult. Change is difficult for everyone.  Change is more difficult for someone with Dementia.  It’s hard to adjust to something new if everything is new to you and you are unsure about what has gone before.  This makes it

Dementia Wandering – It Could Happen to You

Wandering.  Some caregivers fear this behavior more than any other. Others think “It will never happen to my loved one.” There are many misconceptions about wandering and what causes it. Misconception #1 “If someone doesn’t walk a lot before Dementia

Dementia in the Emergency Room -Part 2

Dementia is confusing enough to live with without being in an over-stimulating environment like the ER.  The thing with the Emergency room is that the wait is long between interactions with staff as tests are done and the results are read.  As

Dementia in the Emergency Room – part 1

  A person with Dementia or any memory loss should always be accompanied by someone they know when going to the hospital. In the past two months I have been to our local ER twice.  Once with my mother and once

Dementia Future – Is there any hope?

2017-facts2017_ Click this link for the latest Facts and Figures The Alzheimer’s Association has just published the 2017 facts and figures.  It’s a bit daunting.  Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the US. Not only that

Why Routines Are So Important for the Person with Dementia….

Take a moment and think about your day.  Do you do the same things every day at certain times?  Do you have certain activities that you always follow with another activity?  We don’t often think about that because it is

Where can a Dementia Caregiver find support?

Caring for someone with memory loss is more than a fulltime job.  Anticipating their needs, their mistakes, their actions makes constant vigilance a necessary part of your existence.  This is neither good or bad it is just reality.  You are continually

Groundhog Day!!

Living with someone who has dementia is like the movie Groundhog Day.  For those of you who haven’t seen this movie I recommend it as a reality check.  Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, a weatherman, annoyed at having to report

Recognizing Depression in Dementia

Depression is not the easiest thing to detect in someone especially when they don’t want to let you in. The typical symptoms of depression are: Eating too much or too little Sleeping too much or too little Change in mood Loss

New Year Same Old Problem……?

I hate News Years resolutions.  Inevitably they fail and you feel worse than if you hadn’t made any. This year I encourage you (and myself) to forgo the annual resolution and view each day as a mini new year.  There is