Bathing & Dementia

Bathing & Dementia

Hygiene is a topic that comes up often for those struggling with dementia. Bathing, dressing, incontinence and dental care are some of the most common tasks people have trouble following through with. There are many practical tips caregivers can follow when trying to...

Therapeutic Lying

What is a therapeutic lie? A therapeutic lie is the practice of telling “white lies” to a patient with dementia. This is done to keep the person with dementia from becoming agitated. In the support group that I facilitate one of the first responses a group member will...

Home Health Care vs. Non-Medical Home Care

What is the difference between home health care and non-medical home care?  At first glance these terms look similar. According to Medicare, home health care is recommended to treat an illness or injury. Typically people choose to use home health care after they have...

Alternative Treatments for Arthritis

When you think of arthritis you may picture an elderly individual, although people of all ages can experience symptoms of arthritis. It can greatly limit the activities you are able to participate in. It can also lead to an increase in depression. These are both very...

Activities for People with Alzheimer’s

Everyone knows it’s good to keep your brain active as you age. When people have Alzheimer’s, however, their ability to participate in certain activities diminishes. So what can you do with Alzheimer’s? The answer is lots of things! One of my first assignments in...

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?...