Dementia & Alzheimers

Ways to spend quality time with someone suffering from Dementia

Family members often find it difficult to find ways to interact with someone with dementia. Here are some ways to have meaningful, quality time with your loved one. Gather memories in a box and go through the box to discuss them. Events from their younger years, ticket stubs, pictures, invitations that were saved, will enable them to pull from long-term memory and participate better. Wedding pictures of them and their friends, your baby pictures, vacations, etc. will give you a full afternoon of stories! Telling their stories will give them a sense of belonging and [...]

2019-02-16T22:11:08-04:00By |Dementia & Alzheimers|

When Family Dynamics Get in the Way of a Caregiver Doing What is Right

It happens more often that you’d think. A caregiver, usually a spouse who is living with someone with dementia, reaches the point that they need to place their loved one in memory care, but family wants to fight it. Sometimes this comes from denial that things are really as bad as the caregiver thinks they are. Sometimes, sadly, it stems from greed, and not wanting to spend money on care, so it’s there for inheritance. But most of the time it’s from lack of education as to what the caregiver is actually experiencing and what [...]

2016-09-17T14:27:56-04:00By |Dementia & Alzheimers, Senior Living|

Benefits of Behavior Based Ergonomics Therapy (BBET) and How It Works

After reading my last article, which honestly was my attempt to explain a clinical process in layman’s terms, you are probably very interested in how that information will help you in how to care for and address concerns for your loved one suffering from dementia. The training that is involved with Behavior Based Ergonomics Therapy (BBET) is extensive and involves several layers of assessing situations to eliminate causes of behaviors before an approach is selected. So please understand that my summary is just that. A simple explanation to help you understand how this can help [...]

2016-06-03T17:03:32-04:00By |Dementia & Alzheimers|

New Therapies Give Great Insight into Behaviors and Dementia

I recently attended a seminar that explained how certain therapies can make incredible differences in the lives of those suffering from dementia. These therapies, called Behavior Based Ergonomics Therapy (BBET) do not use medication, but promote engagement with individualized therapeutic activities to bypass resident stress caused by boredom and disengagement. There are several levels to explain, so I will take them one at a time in different articles to simplify each step. In this article, I will attempt to illustrate how dementia develops, and how these therapies work toward using the parts of the brain [...]

2016-06-03T17:03:59-04:00By |Dementia & Alzheimers|

9 Steps to Reverse Dementia and Memory Loss as You Age

By Mark Hyman, MD, from his blog  RECENTLY, I SPOKE on a panel for PBS TV at the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) convention in Boston. The topic was dementia. There was a woman with mild cognitive impairment on the panel. Her condition is sort of like pre-Alzheimer’s disease. Everyone on the panel — including the Harvard neurologist — agreed that memory loss is NOT a normal part of aging. The sad part was that the panel didn’t have much to offer people in the way of prevention. Their only solution was just a very [...]

2016-06-10T19:53:59-04:00By |Dementia & Alzheimers|