All posts by Nicole Scheidl

About Nicole Scheidl

As one of the founders and creative minds behind Fit Minds Inc., Nicole has been creating cognitive stimulation therapy programming since 2010. An experienced curriculum developer, teacher and coach, she brings a wealth of experience to creating and teaching the Fit Minds Program. Nicole has trained hundreds of professional and family caregivers who have touched the lives of thousands of individuals living with a cognitive impairment. Nicole also holds a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, a Master’s in Law from Queen’s University specializing in Negotiations and is a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging.

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Driving and Dementia

One of the big changes for individuals as they age is the question of continuing to drive. When is the right time to stop?

Not being able to drive is a big change in an individual’s life, particularly when you know the change is going to be permanent. Giving up your driver’s license might be obvious after a physical diagnosis that makes it impossible to drive but what about after a dementia diagnosis? When is it the right time to stop driving? Continue reading

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When Major Decisions Need to Be Made

One of the most difficult parts of dementia is losing the ability to make decisions. Not only is there confusion but often, decision-making opportunities are taken away from the individual when they receive a dementia diagnosis.

Loss of decision-making impacts self-esteem and self-confidence. A lack of self-confidence can lead to withdrawal and a downward spiral for the individual. Thus, it is important to try and include the individual in as many decisions as possible for as long as possible. Continue reading

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When Mom or Dad Hoards

I know a woman who collected things – her entire basement was filled with things. Ceiling to floor with a small pathway through was the only way to navigate her basement. The front porch was full of newspapers. Ceiling to floor with no place to sit. This caused a lot of angst for her family, and really limited her full enjoyment of her living space.

This is an obvious case of hoarding. But what to do and how to handle it? Continue reading