How do you know when it is time?

I am often asked by caregivers “How do I know when it is time?” Is there a sign? If you are asking the question, it usually means it is time. This is a common question I am asked by caregivers. Sometimes the signs are very subtle and other times they are not, and you may have to act quickly. Your loved one is not normally going to tell you that they think they cannot drive anymore and hand you the keys to the car. If they do this, consider yourself very fortunate. Continue reading “How do you know when it is time?”

Routine and Reality

A friend of mine told me a story that illustrates some of the most important understandings about how to care for a person with dementia.

He was a middle-aged man whose mother was under professional care in a memory care community.  For her 85th birthday, he wanted to bring her joy by going all out with a catered private dinner.  He, his wife, and his adult daughter arranged to use a private dining room at her community, and bring in a fine meal, served on fine china. Continue reading “Routine and Reality”

Coping With Dementia LLC’s Official Debut

On April 25, 2015, my new business Coping with Dementia LLC had its official debut and ribbon cutting at the Second Annual Dash for Dementia fund-raiser hosted by The Memory Enhancement Center of America. Coping with Dementia LLC, is a new training and education business that will focus on person-centered care for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  I would like to thank everyone for their support in both being present and in their well wishes for the business’s success. Continue reading “Coping With Dementia LLC’s Official Debut”