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Coping with the Alternate Realities of Dementia Patients

When we honestly think about it, each of us has a slightly different perception of reality than the person sitting right next to us. And that is, we presume, with fully functioning brains. So, why wouldn't a person with dementia think his or her reality is, well-real? During my dad's decade of dementia, I never knew which reality he would be in, on any given day. Was he playing in Lawrence Welk's band? Was he a medical doctor? Was he waiting for his Ph.D. diploma to come in the mail? Read more →

Caregiving Jobs Linked to Depression

I'm not all that surprised. One reason is poor pay for very hard work. Another is lack of respect in our society for those who do "service" oriented work, particularly those who do the hands on work such as Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) - the very people you want to be "the best" when it comes to daily care of your loved one. Read more →

Boomers and Elders: Memory Tips for Aging Brains

"Memory Toolbox" that is not just for those with dementia or other pathological problems. Most of us have memory slips, and the article, "The Memory Toolbox: 75 Tips and Resources to Go from Amnesic to Elephantic" gives us lots of ideas to try, if we want to improve. Read more →