Care Facilities

Wedding Bands & Engagement Rings

Wedding bands and engagement rings….. family necklaces….heirloom broaches….   Alzheimer’s and dementia (AD/D) loved ones may become paranoid or suspicious about family or staff “stealing” their belongings. This may happen because they forget where they have put their valuable items.  On the other hand, they may really be upset because you have taken the car…

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Anesthesia ??? Loss of Cognitive Ability

Are you about to have surgery? Or have you recently had surgery and don’t feel like you are back to “normal” yet? . “26% of surgery patients leave Intensive Care Units with new, Alzheimer’s-like symptoms.”  . “Patients treated in intensive care units across the globe enter with no evidence of cognitive impairment but oftentimes leave…

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Apathy vs. Depression

What’s the difference?   “Apathy and depression are two conditions that have been studied extensively in psychology. Apathy refers to the lack of interest that can be seen in a person. Depression, on the other hand, is a psychological condition where a person loses interest in daily activities and feels hopeless.” (differencebetween.com) So how does…

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Making Good Memories

I have just returned from a dream-trip of a lifetime.  This trip has been on my “bucket list” for years and I will carry the memories with me forever… so many over the top experiences. I’ve known for my 20+ years of working in the dementia field, that there are many family members who think…

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“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…”

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who’s the fairest of them all?”  We are all familiar with Walt Disney’s wonderful movie of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”  However, I was fascinated with the photographer’s perspective and sensitivity with his depiction of an elderly woman with dementia looking at her former self in the attached photo.…

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DOES HOSPICE MEAN GRANDPA IS DYING?

That is a valid question that grandchildren, and their parents, will ask. Many people react to the word “Hospice” like we used to react to the word “cancer.” It was the “C” word and no one wanted to say it out loud. Back in the 1980’s Alzheimer’s was the “A” word and no one wanted…

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Mini-Mental State Exam

  **What is the cognitive test that is done with individuals that may have Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia? **If your loved one has seen (his) primary care physician, or perhaps a gerontologist or neurologist, he has most likely done a mini-mental test. There are various forms of this test, all with the…

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PLACEMENT OPTIONS

“Dad has Alzheimer’s and I can’t take care of him any longer, I guess I’m going to have to put him in a nursing home,” says a daughter who is the primary person caring for her Dad. There was a time when this might have been true. However, in 2014, we have options that didn’t…

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ADLs – What are they?

Activities of Daily Living ~~ These are the tasks that we all take for granted each day of our lives. They are the things that allow us to live successfully within the family structure. Things that we learned as children that enabled us to become independent and proud of who we were. As individuals’ progresses…

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