Care for Parent With Dementia

Many of the calls I get are from the adult child of a parent with dementia.  It’s all too common these days.  In some of these cases the parent’s dementia is mild, but they are no longer safe to be home alone. Two of the major concerns for a senior living alone with dementia are medication management and safety. When an elderly person has very limited, or no short term memory, the risk of them […]

9 Tips for Communicating When Your Loved One Has Dementia

My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s last year.  She just turned 85.  The disease is still in its very early stages and she’s doing well, so our hope is the dementia will outlive her.  Family has noticed the subtle changes and she’s very aware her memory is getting worse, but to focus on the negative is to lose quality time with our mom, so instead we take every day as it comes and are learning […]

Here Are Some Helpful Dementia Activities

Useful Dementia Activities When a loved one has Alzheimer’s or any type of dementia, being familiar with some helpful dementia activities is important. When a senior feels engaged, their days are more meaningful. Maintaining a senior’s old interests and activities is as important as ever, and in some ways, even more important after a diagnosis.  The right kind of dementia activities can help to reconnect a senior to their past, a comfortable feeling.  Appropriate dementia […]

Is It Dementia?

Dementia is not a disease or an illness.  It is a broad term used to describe a number of symptoms caused by failing memory or cognitive decline.  In true dementia, these symptoms will cause enough problems as to interfere with the person’s day to day activities and life. Not everyone with poor short term memory has dementia. Some cognitive decline can occur naturally with aging and may be mild and not progressive.  This is referred […]