Tag Archives: Alzheimer’s disease

Dysphagia or difficulty swallowing

Difficulty swallowing, also known as dysphagia, includes challenges with chewing, swallowing food or liquid. Dysphagia is often related to aging. As with other muscles in the aging body, muscles in the mouth and throat can lose strength and bulk. Sometimes dental problems lead to a decreased ability to thoroughly chew food, which in turn leads […]

Wandering: search and rescue aids

One of a caregiver’s greatest fears is that their loved one will go wandering. After my uncle was diagnosed with dementia, my aunt was determined to care for him in their home. Our family supported her decision. As years went by and the dementia progressed, she worried about him wandering away. Keeping loved ones safe […]

Dear dementia, what we need now

Dear dementia, today I add to my list of things that care partners (caregivers + people with dementia) need right now. It has been less than one month since I pressed my first list. Long story short, we need to improve the medical appointment experience for healthcare providers and their patients with dementia. In the spirit of relentlessly pursuing improved […]

5 things caregivers and their loved ones living with dementia need right now

Last Friday, mid-morning, I took a client to a department store and to lunch. My client lives in a memory care facility. She has dementia. She also is an 80 year retired English Literature professor, a mom, an aunt, a sister, a friend. She had a career before career women were common. My client likes […]

Dementia and Refusal to Bathe

  Refusal to bathe often goes hand in hand with dementia. Possibly one of the top frustrations for caregivers and their care partners is accomplishing a shower at least once a week. This is a great video from UCLA with helpful tips.  

Daughters as family caregivers need help sometimes

Daughters are awesome family caregivers. Daughters are skilled at multi-tasking and juggling many balls at once. Even super-daughters need help sometimes to help with difficult plans and decisions for aging parents. As a certified geriatric care manager I partner with an amazing daughter. She has always worked hard to make informed decisions about her parents […]

Alzheimer’s Association supports the Longest Day 2016

The Alzheimer’s Association recognizes June 20, 2016 as The Longest Day (of the year) by inviting everyone to engage in an activity of choice to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Individuals, corporations, book clubs, faith-based organizations come together in real-time or virtually to help raise funds to support research and programs. Preferred Living […]

Memory Cafes

Our care managers love to share information about local resources for people living with dementia and their care partners. A favorite among our clients in Raleigh, Durham and Cary is the memory café. Memory cafés are wonderful no-cost opportunities for care partners to enjoy a meal, entertainment and socializing once a month in their local communities. Check out the links […]

Care partner leisure time

Care partner, according to Dr. Bill Thomas, an expert in the field of dementia care, includes family, friends, neighbors, volunteers, home health professionals, and the elder herself.  Effective care partnerships result from meaningful and purpose-filled days. All human beings want to feel useful and engaged regardless of age, disabilities, and life challenges. Dr. Thomas offers a […]

Weighted blanket for better sleep

For many people living with dementia bedtime does not necessarily mean sleep-time. As dementia progresses insomnia and nighttime wandering may interfere with rest for care partner and caregiver. One possible solution that involves no medication is a weighted blanket. Use of a weighted blanket, custom-sized for an individual’s height and weight, is described as feeling like […]