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How to Support Employees Who are Caring for Their Aging Parents

By | 2019-04-24T13:06:42+00:00 April 24th, 2019|aging, alzheimers, caring, dementia, dementia. alzheimers|

You may not realize it, but many of your employees are in the Sandwich Generation.  The term Sandwich Generation is often used to describe individuals who are raising children and caring for their parents at the same time.  Most are also managing a career and juggling a variety of other commitments.  Sound familiar?  You might [...]

Tips for Creating Memory Books to Enable Conversation

By | 2019-03-29T12:47:19+00:00 March 29th, 2019|alzheimers, care partner, communication, dementia, dementia. alzheimers|

For people living with dementia, reading is a preserved skill. Therefore visual aids that include written information can be used as memory supports. Memory books can improve quality of life by: Helping people remember important informationMaking conversation easierReducing responsive (challenging) behaviors, such as exit seeking and repetitive questioningProviding reassurance and comfort A memory book is [...]

Tips for Creating Signs

By | 2018-04-05T18:37:36+00:00 April 5th, 2018|dementia|

Cognitive mapping is our ability to visualize where we are in a certain space.  It allows us to park, go into a store and find our car again, or find the bathroom at night without turning on the lights.  People living with dementia have impaired cognitive mapping skills, so they look for cues in [...]

Improving Mealtime for People Living with Dementia

By | 2018-03-08T14:33:47+00:00 March 8th, 2018|dementia|

Many individuals living with dementia forget to eat or become overwhelmed at the thought of preparing meals or making choices about what to eat.  Rather than care partners taking over every related to meal time, we can often modify the home environment to provide structure, but also gives the person independence, self-esteem and the knowledge [...]

Communicating with People Living with Dementia

By | 2017-12-13T16:13:32+00:00 December 13th, 2017|communication, dementia|

To have the most success during activities and conversations with people with dementia, care partners will need to adjust their style of communication so it is easier for the person with dementia to understand and follow the conversation.  Here are some tips that will ensure success. Consider this Sometimes it is hard to remember [...]

Human Connection Through Story

By | 2017-11-30T12:06:50+00:00 November 30th, 2017|aging, dementia, Montessori|

This year I collaborated on a wonderful story written and illustrated especially for elders with dementia called A Day on the Wind Seeker.  People living with dementia are able to and enjoy reading a loud, but many of the books available in large print with high contrast graphics are childish and not designed for [...]

First Montessori for Aging and Dementia Workshop Offered in Ireland

By | 2017-11-30T11:40:41+00:00 November 28th, 2017|aging, dementia, Montessori|

I am excited to be traveling to Ireland in Spring 2018 to teach my From Can't to Can Do! Montessori for Aging and Dementia workshop.  All interested in Montessori for aging are invited to attend.  Below is the announcement recently released by Saint Nicholas Montessori College of Ireland. Saint Nicholas Montessori College Ireland (SNMCI) [...]

I’m still me!

By | 2017-11-10T13:12:34+00:00 November 10th, 2017|dementia|

Part of my private practice involves working with individuals who are learning to manage the early symptoms of dementia while living at home.  I help them to maintain their cognitive skills and ability to care for themselves, encourage them to exercise, eat well, and maintain their social lives, and we work together to make modifications [...]

Reading and Dementia

By | 2017-09-10T22:21:03+00:00 September 6th, 2017|dementia, Montessori|

As part of my work with Montessori for Dementia, I have encouraged care communities to provide large print reading material for people with dementia and to establish daily reading groups.  Reading Groups are a great way to give people an opportunity to socialize, take turns and contribute to a group without putting pressure on [...]

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