A Day in the Life of Dementia

Dementia and it’s troublesome sidekick Anxiety

Dementia and it’s troublesome sidekick Anxiety

The speed at which my Mom could bring me into her anxiety was one of the most alarming shifts in our familiar dynamic. Growing up my Mom was the calm, low-key fixer. In the military life in which I was raised with a Dad that was often gone, Mom ran the household and raised four […]

Difficult People and Dementia

Difficult People and Dementia

When I hear the statistics about older adults living with dementia, I immediately dismiss them because I believe they are just too low. I know there are many people living with dementia that were never diagnosed and so they have never been counted. I understand why families choose not to pursue testing. However, I also […]

Falls are Game Changers for Older Adults

Falls are Game Changers for Older Adults

I know you have heard or seen a lot about the risk of a fall. It seems like the smallest of worries when you are dealing with concerns over personal and financial safety.  However, it looms as one thing that changes EVERYTHING for many of the clients with which I work. It was also the […]

Rules of Engagement for Adult Children Caregivers

Rules of Engagement for Adult Children Caregivers

In hopes that you find a way to work with your siblings. It would be a shame to lose and parent and fracture your sibling relationship at the same time … but it is all too common.

Shining through a dementia diagnosis

Shining through a dementia diagnosis

Check out some award-winning photos by individuals diagnosed with dementia.

Is “rational suicide” the only option?

Is “rational suicide” the only option?

For those of us caring for loved ones with dementia, we are often fighting a battle to honor their wishes and ensure the best life they can lead. My mother started joking about how we should take her out in my early 20s. I lived near my parents and saw them two and three times […]

Delirium and surgery common after 65

Delirium and surgery common after 65

I am guessing that more doctor’s liked when patients were not armed with so much information. However, between whole sections of our daily newspaper that cover health issues and the Internet, we can probably be everything from better patients to difficult to help. As an individual with the need to constantly learn, I love pouring […]