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Articles by Debbie Selsavage

Communicating with a person with dementia

By Debbie Selsavage | July 2, 2021 | 2 Comments

Successful communication is a special challenge when we are caring for a loved one with dementia. The best foundation for communication with a person with dementia is compassion. We must understand that they are coping with cognitive and sensory deficits, but we must also understand that they are still functional on an emotional level. Their …

Beware the dangers of summer dehydration!

By Debbie Selsavage | June 6, 2021 | 0 Comments

As the hotter days of summer arrive, those of us caring for a loved one with dementia must become more wary of the dangers of dehydration.

Compassionate Fatique-Do you have?

By Debbie Selsavage | June 6, 2021 | 2 Comments

Suddenly. my care partner support groups are devoting a lot of conversation to “compassion fatigue.” Compassion Fatigue is the care partner’s Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; the response to overwhelming stress caused by the difficulty of a task, especially when we are cut off from resources and respite, as we have been during this time of …

Don’t dis your Loved One’s Abilities!

By Debbie Selsavage | March 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dementia creates such shocking changes in the ones we love, it is not surprising that we become fixated on the skills and abilities they are losing.

Use simple therapies that trigger good feelings!

By Debbie Selsavage | January 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

Medicine today is so driven by technology and pharmacology, we too often overlook the ways we can ease pain and improve quality of life through simple therapies based on love, compassion, respect, and dignity.

Working within your loved one’s reality!

By Debbie Selsavage | January 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

A delusion is a false belief that persists in spite of evidence to the contrary; an idea or object that is perceived incorrectly by the delusional person. Dementia symptoms often include delusional thinking, meaning that the person with dementia may perceive things quite differently than they really are.

How do people with dementia learn?

By Debbie Selsavage | December 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Dementia is progressive, irreversible, and ultimately fatal. It attacks all of our senses and abilities, but is best known as a disease that destroys our memory. Typically, it attacks short-term memory first, then begins to erode older memories.

How Animatronics bring joy and comfort?

By Debbie Selsavage | November 11, 2020 | 2 Comments

“Animatronics!” Wow, that’s a big word! But wait, don’t be intimidated. It’s simply a modern and high-tech version of something that has always worked so well for our loved ones living with dementia . . . Animal Therapy.

Simple therapies that trigger good feelings!

By Debbie Selsavage | October 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Medicine today is so driven by technology and pharmacology, we too often overlook the ways we can ease pain and improve quality of life through simple therapies based on love, compassion, respect, and dignity.

Let’s not scare our care partners!

By Debbie Selsavage | October 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Providing care for a loved one living with dementia is one of the most exhausting care partner tasks there is, because the disease is progressive and ultimately requires attention 24/7.