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Knowing When to Take the Step Toward 24-Hour Dementia Care

Taking good care of a family member with dementia requires ongoing adaptation to the individual’s changing needs. As the disease advances, there comes a point when 24-hour dementia care becomes not just beneficial but necessary for ensuring the safety, well-being, and good quality of life for the person.

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Enhancing Dementia Care Through Culinary Activities

There’s something so special about the kitchen. It is the very first stop kids make once they get home from school, in search of a snack as well as the chance to share the events of their day. It’s the spot family members gather to cook holiday meals together. It’s also a place to warm […]

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The Delicate Balance: Embracing and Managing Reality in Dementia Support

Did you ever wake up in the middle of a dream and wonder, for just a moment, if what you were dreaming about was real? It can feel so disorienting until you open your eyes and take in your familiar surroundings. An experience like this gives you just a brief peek into the ongoing disorientation […]

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Understanding Boredom’s Impact on Dementia

Salt and pepper. Macaroni and cheese. Peanut butter and jelly. Some things are just meant to go together. One combination you want to avoid, however, is boredom and dementia. Studies have revealed that boredom’s impact on dementia results in an increase in: Aggression Anxiety Depression Delirium Wandering Agitation Hallucinations And more Not only that but, boredom in […]

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How to Respond to Repetitive Questions in Dementia

If you’ve ever played music on vinyl records, you know that the needle does not always track smoothly. Sometimes a tiny bit of debris or dust causes it to get stuck or skip, leaving you hearing just a few words of the song again and again until the problem is addressed.

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Understanding How Dementia Affects the Five Senses

When we think about dementia, the first thing that usually springs to mind is the loss of memory. Cognitive decline is a hallmark effect of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, but there are so many other facets of life which are impacted as well. As a matter of fact, each one of the […]

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How to Manage Challenging Dementia Behaviors in Public

Dementia is unpredictable, to say the least. It can transform a person’s personality, mood, and behaviors in the blink of an eye. When you’re at home caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, these changes can be difficult enough to manage. But what happens when you are at a grocery store, restaurant, or hair salon? […]

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Why Are Your Loved Ones Dementia Symptoms Suddenly Getting Worse?

Wouldn’t it be helpful if there was an Alzheimer’s care manual, with step-by-step details on what to anticipate at each stage of the disease? While there are some general commonalities in the progression of dementia, each person’s experience is different. This makes it difficult to know what to anticipate on any given day. Despite the […]

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How to Improve Dementia Care Through Improvisation

If you’re wondering how to improve dementia care, there are several key factors: creativity, flexibility, and a healthy dose of lighthearted fun. It stands to reason then that a spontaneous activity like improvisation is an excellent way to connect and engage with a person dealing with cognitive challenges. Not only does it enable you to […]

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How to Help Someone with Dementia Through Maintaining Daily Routines

Have you ever awoken from a dream feeling completely disoriented? The dream seemed so real, and it takes a few minutes to regain your bearings. For someone with dementia, this confusion is part of everyday life. Our goal in caring for someone with dementia is to help provide as much stability as possible, and one […]

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Tips for Easing Restlessness in Dementia

Pacing. Fidgeting. Wandering. When you begin to notice these clues in a person with dementia, it is time to take action before they intensify to agitation, aggression, or leaving the house. But figuring out why the individual is feeling restless is sometimes half the battle. To begin with, ask yourself the following questions when observing restlessness […]