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16 Things You Didn’t Know Happened In Dementia

Hallucinations are a common symptom of some kinds of dementia. Jo Bennett, 60, who has early-onset Alzheimer's, sees "black holes" in her bathroom tiles: "My brain tells me that those square black tiles are in fact holes that go right down to the bottom of the earth and you mustn't drop anything near them because you'll never see them again." Mo...

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Caregiving Tips from the ‘Horse Whisperer of Dementia’

My name is Teepa Snow, and I am a dementia care and education specialist. My personal mission is to better the lives of people with dementia—as well as the lives of their caregivers—by sharing what I have learned. An occupational therapist by training, I have been called "the horse whisperer of dementia." It can be difficult, frustrating...

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11 Weird Signs of Early Onset Dementia to Watch Out For

Dementia can be a symptom of a variety of health issues, including Alzheimer's disease and other problems that cause changes in your brain. While it is rare for younger people (in their 20s and 30s) to develop the condition, it is possible to experience signs of early-onset dementia. So let's talk about what dementia might look like, and what you s...

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Why the Montessori Method is becoming a Popular Treatment for Dementia

The Montessori Method is being used to successfully engage Alzheimer’s disease patients, and it’s an idea that’s gaining traction in the caregiving community. While it’s still a new approach, there is already evidence that the Montessori approach can reduce anxiety for people with dementia by providing them with engaging activities that the...

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11 Tips for Bathing a Person Living with Dementia

Do you care for a person living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia? Has bath time has been a struggle for you both? It’s easy to understand why that may be: All of your adult life you have bathed or showered in privacy, using a routine that fits your personal preferences best. Now imagine someone else trying to undress and b...

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If I Get Dementia

1. If I get dementia, I want my friends and family to embrace my reality. If I think my spouse is still alive, or if I think we’re visiting my parents for dinner, let me believe those things. I’ll be much happier for it. 2. If I get dementia, I don’t want to be treated like a child. Talk to me like the adult that I am. 3. If I get demen...

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20 great questions to ask when a loved one with dementia doesn’t recognize you anymore

It seems to me we sometimes get stuck on things that don’t matter, or aren’t as important as we think they are, and then we lose perspective. Many people are devastated when their loved one with dementia no longer recognizes them. Very early on in the game, I got to a point where it didn’t matter one way or the other. I’ve rolled that arou...

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A Timeline of Dementia: What to Know for Each Stage

Though every type of dementia is different and every person who has dementia is different, understanding the basic stages can make a tremendous difference in the life of the senior, says Kim Warchol, president of Dementia Care Specialists, a specialized offering of the Crisis Prevention Institute. “Alzheimer’s disease and the related dementias ...

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8 Tips to avoid Caregiver Burnout

Caregiver burnout can be creep up on you or hit you like a brick wall. I’ve been through it twice now, first time it crept up on me and the second time it hit me like a brick wall! I’ve experienced the best of both worlds, so to speak. Going through it once should have taught me a lesson, right? It is far easier to say “Well, I’m not doing...

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Communication Strategies for Dementia

It’s indescribably painful to witness the deterioration of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, or any other type of dementia. As the disease progresses, we see minor forgetfulness gradually morph into severe impairment and eventually our loved one’s individuality itself is compromised. Understanding how to connect and communicate with o...

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