Comforting Animals when a real pet is not practical

Joy for All Companion Pets can be a comforting solution to your loved one’s agitation and loneliness. I saw this in action with a freind of mine who’s mother instantly connected with the animated robotic therapy dog she received. She stroked it, talked to it, brushed it and enjoyed its barking and facial expressions andContinue reading “Comforting Animals when a real pet is not practical”

Regular Medication Checks

Diagnosis: Vascular Dementia morphed into Alzheimer’s disease combo Recently my father was admitted to hospice inpatient for a fall he took down the stairs. We spent 2 weeks changing medications around to try to keep him comfortable and calm. The good news: NOTHING was broken. He recovered and was finally able to move back homeContinue reading “Regular Medication Checks”

No Reason to Fear the Person with Dementia

What do I say to someone with Dementia? Will they understand me? What if I say the wrong thing? How should I start a conversation with someone with dementia? What if I get uncomfortable or run out of things to say? Why am I afraid to go visit? These are all good questions, but guessContinue reading “No Reason to Fear the Person with Dementia”

Resources for Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers

While there are resources for those with dementia, it can be daunting to access them. Many places have had to go online or virtual for their care consultations and often in person meetings are unavailable. This can certainly create issues for those without internet access or ability to navigate complex websites. Below I’ll share aContinue reading “Resources for Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers”

What’s Normal with Dementia?

You’ve probably already heard the saying that “normal” is just a setting on the washing machine. I’ve learned there really is no normal with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Sure, some things are similar between one person or another with the disease, but what’s normal for one individual may not be normal for another. The process canContinue reading “What’s Normal with Dementia?”