Monthly Archives: October 2013

“Hey…Hello…I’m over here!”

I can just imagine that this is what someone with dementia is saying in his/her mind as his/her mouth can’t seem to find the right words in the precise moment that a caregiver is passing by. How many times have … Continue reading

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It’s all in the approach.

How you approach people makes a HUGE difference in how they respond to you. Think about it:  In a normal interaction… If someone smiles at you, you smile back.  If someone approaches you with a frown, you may think that … Continue reading

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The #1 Dementia Don’t!

Don’t ARGUE! It always amazes me at the number of individuals that I come across who act as though arguing with someone with dementia is going to get them anywhere.  The mere fact that the person has dementia should indicate … Continue reading

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“What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.”

The deterioration of the brain with dementia tends to also lead to a deterioration of the ability of a demented individual to express him/herself verbally.  Language becomes more difficult – both speaking it and comprehending it.  Those with dementia often … Continue reading

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“My father has Alzheimer’s. He doesn’t have dementia.”

This is probably one of my favorite dementia misconceptions and one that I hear quite frequently. In order to clear up the confusion, here is my version of Dementia 101: Think of dementia as an umbrella:  dementia is the overarching … Continue reading

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“Yes, but is it dementia?”

So, as a follow up to my last post and to be fair to those of you who were looking for answers as to the signs of dementia, here is that post: According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the 10 Warning … Continue reading

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“Could it be dementia?”

As a dementia specialist, this is a question that I hear a lot.  The question is usually posed by someone over the age of 65 and is preceded by a long story about a simple lapse of memory or moment … Continue reading

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