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The Breathing Room Plan

Last week, I covered the Right Now Plan, outlining five steps to take immediately when you suspect your parent has dementia. Picking up from there and assuming you’ve executed those steps, now it’s time for a plan that gives you some breathing room.

I know it may not feel like you have any–or ever will […]

The Right Now Plan

If you suspect your parent has dementia, or you just found out your parent has dementia, the main thing is knowing what to do right now. See the infographic for the bare bones, and read below for more detail.

 

Ensure Safety. What’s your parent’s answer to “What would you do if there’s a fire?” or […]

Knowing What To Do: The 30,000 Foot View

Loving someone who’s living with dementia is one of the scariest, most nerve-wracking, frustrating, painful things you’ll ever go through in your life. Everyone wants to get it right; one of the most frequently asked questions I get is “What do I do now?” 

My ideas for the big picture are below; over the next […]

What’s “Normal”?

Two weeks ago, I asked my newsletter subscribers to tell me what they wanted to know. Turns out this is a MUCH better approach than guessing, especially since I was rarely guessing correctly! (You can still–quickly & anonymously–add your opinion.)

 

In addition to wondering what to expect, readers would love to know what’s normal (and […]

Thanks For Setting Me Straight!

I often say my first word was “Why?” and I’m guessing it’ll be my last one, too. That natural curiosity has served me well professionally, helping me figure out what’s going on for a person living with dementia, what’s causing a problem, and how to remedy it.

Last week, I decided to include my newsletter readers, […]

Potty Talk: Successfully Navigating The Bathroom

Not to be confused with potty mouth (we’ll save that for a different day), by potty talk, I mean a discussion of some the biggest challenges family care partners face when it comes to the bathroom.

Q: How long should it take someone in the bathroom? My mom takes forever!
A: As long as it takes. […]

This Makes Me Want To SCREAM!

Have you heard this one? Mom lives in a care community, and every time Mom’s approached for care, she screams and strikes out. Because Mom is so uncooperative with care, caregivers use restraints. Additionally, the care community is requesting the family hire private caregivers.
I wish I could say this is a really bad joke. […]

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    Dementia + Communication: 7 Ways To Knock It Out of The Park

Dementia + Communication: 7 Ways To Knock It Out of The Park

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Many people are under the mistaken impression that once someone living with dementia reaches a certain point in the disease process, communication is impossible.
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Happily, that’s not true. However, effective communication does require thinking about (and doing) it differently.

Here are 7 ways to help you knock it out of the park every time:

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    Moving Your Parent Into Memory Care: Insider Tips from A Former Memory Care Director

Moving Your Parent Into Memory Care: Insider Tips from A Former Memory Care Director

Last week, I shared How To Know When It’s Time For Memory Care: 4 Things To Consider. This week, I discuss what happens when you’ve made the decision to do it.  Note: The video below discusses this week’s and last week’s blogs.

 
What To Expect: Emotionally
A tsunami of emotion. Making the move is one of […]

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    How To Know When It’s Time For Memory Care: 4 Things To Consider

How To Know When It’s Time For Memory Care: 4 Things To Consider

“How will I know when it’s time for memory care?” Hands down, this is one of the most frequently asked questions I hear. Here’s how I help my private clients figure it out:

What are you hoping for? There’s no wrong answer here, and I ask this question because so many people think that having […]