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Generally speaking…

One of the most difficult things to deal with when communicating with someone with dementia is a demented individual’s tendency to speak in generalities and ambiguities.  This creates an environment in which the non-demented individual has to act as a … Continue reading

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MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment) or Dementia?

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is a relatively new diagnosis that is leaving family members of loved ones’ with this medical determination very confused.  This is because MCI is not a diagnosis of dementia.  It is a medical finding suggesting that … Continue reading

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When is it time to find help?

Many families miss the signs and symptoms of when it is time to find help for a loved one who has dementia and is living at home.  The following are a few things to look for: If your loved one … Continue reading

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Home for the Holidays

The holidays can be a difficult time for those with a loved one with dementia for several reasons: 1.  The holidays are a natural time of reminiscing and therefore a reminder of better times with and for your loved one. … Continue reading

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Haul out the Holly!

Or maybe not! As I was doing some of my own holiday decorating and listening to my Christmas music, it occurred to me that maybe many of you are not familiar with some of the holiday decorating do’s and don’ts … Continue reading

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“Calling all Superheroes…” (I mean, Caregivers)

According to the Caregiver Action Network, there are approximately 65 million superheroes, uh…unpaid caregivers, providing an average of 20 hours per week of care to a disabled and/or aged loved one across the United States (http://caregiveraction.org/statistics/#CaregivingPopulation).  If we put all … Continue reading

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Excuse me, how do I get my validation?

So, now that we’ve discovered what validation is and the principles behind it, the question is:  “How do we do it?” To validate someone is to show that what s/he is saying and feeling has meaning and deserves to be … Continue reading

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