Category Archives: Dementia

Reforming longterm eldercare and improving meaning in life as we age

Longterm eldercare reform is the passion that drives Dr. Bill Thomas, an international authority on geriatric medicine and eldercare. He is the founder of The Eden Alternative and The Greenhouse Project. Dr. Thomas challenges society to see aging as an exciting phase of life. This brief video clip provides a glimpse into the beginning of Dr. […]

Caregiver Support

Have you ever been a family caregiver? If so, you know that the penultimate job description has yet to be written. In a 24 hour period you may fill the roles of sitter, companion, cook, cleaner, nurse’s aide, nurse, doctor, driver, spiritual advisor and more. Each care-giving experience is unique, dynamic and an emotional mine […]

Emergency Department trip tips

  This care manager spent last Sunday at a Raleigh, NC hospital Emergency Department. I went with a client who had an early morning health crisis (and has dementia). During our visit I was reminded of the many benefits of having a knowledgeable “plus one” by the patient’s side. If you are sick enough to be sent to the emergency department, you […]

The doctor is in but I’m outta here

  What do healthcare providers, caregivers and their loved ones living with dementia have in common? Looming frustration at medical appointments! Last week, while sitting in a Raleigh, NC medical waiting room for at least 30 minutes with my 80 year old client for his 6 month follow-up eye exam (monitoring Age-Related Macular Degeneration) I brainstormed […]

Gift ideas for aging adults

Are you looking for a few gift giving ideas for aging adults? Dehydration is skin’s enemy, especially during cold weather. Moisturizing gel socks and aloe moisture gloves calm chapped, cracked feet and hands. Whip up a batch of the Pioneer Woman’s classic chicken and noodles and freeze in pint containers for easy evening meals. Bucky is a […]

Dementia and Wandering – Help for Families of Aging Adults

Wandering, sometimes referred to as “elopement” is a very real concern to families of loved ones living with dementia. Spouses, partners, adult children often are committed to keeping their family member at home for as long as possible. As dementia progresses reality is distorted and “home” may have a different definition for the person with […]