Combative Behavior with Dementia

Combative Behavior with Dementia

Imagine this scenario. A senior with dementia needs to get ready for bed. The caregiver has to put on their pajamas and brush their teeth. The person with dementia is thinking…”Who is this person trying to take off my clothes? Why are they saying I need to change?...
How to Avoid Caregiver Stress

How to Avoid Caregiver Stress

Once per month I run a support group through the Alzheimer’s Association for caregivers whose loved ones are suffering from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Approximately 90% of the time when the caregiver is new to the group they arrive exhausted and often in...
Understanding the World of Dementia

Understanding the World of Dementia

Several months ago I had the opportunity to participate in “The Virtual Dementia Tour”. I was at a conference for the Alzheimer’s Association. The Virtual Dementia Tour was the most useful exercise I have ever participated in when trying to understand what a person...
The Importance of Reminiscence Therapy

The Importance of Reminiscence Therapy

Reminiscence therapy, according to the American Psychological Association, is the use of written or oral life histories to improve psychological well-being (website: www.apa.org). Examples of this type of therapy are listening to music that may remind someone of...
What is Dementia?

What is Dementia?

Dementia is a term used to describe a decline in cognitive and behavioral functioning that interferes with a person’s daily life and activities as defined by the National Institute on Aging. There are many different conditions and diseases that cause dementia. The...