Tag Archives: dementia

Teepa Snow: driving and dementia

Teepa Snow is a widely known dementia expert. She is an occupational therapist whose experience, training and passion for her Positive Approach to Care™ (PAC) benefits people living with dementia and their care partners/caregivers. Are you worried that a family member is no longer safe to drive? Preparing for a conversation with your loved one […]

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 […]

Late-stage dementia and the 5 senses

  Late-stage dementia robs people of their active roles in life. However, appealing to the 5 senses through reminiscence therapy is a way to reach beyond the disease and touch that person. You may not always see that person’s reaction, or perhaps you do, but it is for a brief moment. In that moment you […]

Activities for people living with dementia that are meaningful

Activities are a lifesaver for both care receiver and caregiver. An individual’s life history informs the design of activities programs that will engage your loved one. I visit an 87 year old woman living with dementia. I’ve known her for about two years. We have spent many hours sharing our life stories with each other. […]

Adult children, parents and dementia: when a fib is okay

Adult children sometimes struggle with maintaining complete honesty when their aging parent has dementia. Is an occasional fib a kinder, gentler approach to caregiving when telling the truth is sure to start an argument? For example, when your parent refuses to stop driving, is it okay to say that the car is in the shop? When you […]

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 […]

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 […]