Tag Archives: dementia

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.  

Memorabilia

Memorabilia: the tools, tchotchke and every day items from the decades of our lives. As the holiday season arrives, sooner every year, this gift for loved ones with dementia is a winner. The entire family can help with collecting items to create a meaningful activity that will spark conversation and joy when shared. A few […]

Memory Care Programs

Memory care programs are usually found in adult day programs and in assisted living facilities and memory care units. Research results about best practices in designing and implementing memory care activities are everywhere. With at least 1 in 4 people facing a diagnosis of dementia the demand for quality programs has never been more pressing. […]

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 […]

Visiting memory care residents

Visiting Mom or Dad in assisted living or a memory care can be hard. Perhaps you take a treat to share – a favorite dessert or snack food. Maybe you bring a little present. Or maybe you don’t know what to bring, or if a gift is even allowed. You wonder if you will be recognized […]

Why Care Management?

Care management is best understood from a client’s perspective. Melanie Mattingly created Preferred Living Solutions Care Management after navigating a fragmented path of finding, selecting and supervising reliable support for her own aging family members. Melanie knew she wanted to share the knowledge she had gained through her own experience. Her goal, shared by the four […]

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 […]