Tips for Managing Parents with 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 […]

When we can’t find the right words …

When we can’t find the right words …

Yesterday was my son’s college graduation. As I drove up, I struggled to shake the feeling of loss that swept over me as I faced another big event without my parents. Since they both battled different forms of dementia, it is a blessing they are no longer on this earth, but how I miss them […]

Lying to the ones we love.

Lying to the ones we love.

I finally learned that my honesty was hurting my Mother with Dementia. Here are two things every family caregiver should know.

Giving Back the Checkbook

Giving Back the Checkbook

A wallet represents many things: empowerment, meaning, purpose. There are simple ways to help your loved one maintain those essential human needs.

The road is rocky for all the travelers.

The road is rocky for all the travelers.

The journey is tough on everyone. Be kind to yourself. Your loved one is lucky to have you even if every choice isn’t perfect.