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he person remaining suddenly is more frail and needy than anyone would have expected. The surviving spouse is suffering the loss of their life partner, a shock from which they may never completely recover. Also, the person who filled in the gaps is gone, and those gaps can suddenly look like chasms. Read more →

Dear Carol: My dad lives with my husband and me. Dad’s got mid-stage dementia and we are waiting for a room to open up for him in a particular memory center. The center is nearby and very nice so we’re quite happy about it. Meanwhile, I’m wondering how important it is to have a routine for someone like my dad. My husband and I both work odd hours. We take turns with care and we also have an in-home care person filling in. Read more →

Developing dementia is no one's fault. As I repeatedly write in these articles, there are people who have done everything "right" - whatever "right" is at the moment – who will still develop dementia. Read more →

residents whose dementia makes it difficult to participate in social activities used computers to regularly access enriching content customized to their personal interests and cognitive ability. Read more →

The difference between these two types of care is something that I have found difficult to clarify myself let alone explain to others. However, this care is a fundamental part of treating any chronic or terminal illness. Read more →