There are almost 40 million Americans caring for an adult loved one and yet caregiving can be an isolating and lonely experience. And because it is often done out of sight of other people, it is easy to get burnt out. Continue reading
You may find that your mom or dad is misplacing items more frequently. They could also be deliberately hiding things and then forgetting where they put them. This can lead to frustration for both you and them. Continue reading
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
Do you remember learning to tie your shoes? I remember having a big shoe in our kindergarten class that we practiced on. I felt so grown-up when I could tie my own shoes. Continue reading
Moving into assisted living can be difficult for your mom or dad. Their surroundings are changing as are the people they see on a regular basis. In the end this can be a very positive experience, but the transition can be tough. Continue reading
When your mom or dad has a catastrophic reaction to events or becomes uncharacteristically upset or excited, it can be unnerving. You are not sure what to do or how to handle this new behaviour. Continue reading
Recently I received a phone call from a friend. Her Dad had just been diagnosed with dementia and she wanted to help her mom and dad cope. I wrote her six tips that I thought would really help all of them make daily living a shared positive experience. And now I’m sharing them with you. Continue reading
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
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
Are you concerned about connecting with someone who has dementia?
It could be a family member or friend. Or you might want to volunteer with seniors, but you are not sure how to handle being with someone with dementia.
Well this post is for you. Continue reading