Why is Dementia so Difficult to Treat?

Uncategorized Feb 03, 2020

With all the advances in healthcare, it can be frustrating that there is no easy cure or treatment for dementia. Despite all the medications, none of them can reverse the disease. Many times, they don’t seem to do much at all in terms of improving thinking. 

Today I want to talk about some reasons why dementia is so hard to treat. This is the 3rd and final video using the information taken from the Book the Alzheimer’s Solution. It’s an excellent book that shares the culprits of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and provides a plan for how you can prevent or reduce your chances of getting the disease. It’s a wonderful book. If you are interested in the book you can find it here or visit your local library. 

Also, real quick before I get started, the dates of my upcoming live care classes have been announced. You can save your spot by clicking here. I’ll be sharing 3 ways you can lower your dementia caregiver stress without needing...

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Early Onset Dementia

Uncategorized Jan 26, 2020

Hello Careblazer,

Today I’m going to talk about signs and symptoms of early onset dementia and how it differs from dementia that occurs later in life. When people think about Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, they typically think of something that impacts older people. But did you know it’s possible for younger people to get dementia as well? I’ve had a lot of requests to talk about this topic so I hope it helps. 

Remember, if you have a topic or question you want me to answer, leave it below and I’ll do my best to do a future video on your question. 

If you would rather watch my video on this topic, click here.

Before we get started I want to remind any new viewers that I have free Careblazer Survival Guide with tips and information to help you get through the dementia careblazer journey. 

Alright, now let’s talk about early onset dementia, also sometimes referred to as younger age dementia or working age...

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The NEURO Plan: Reduce Your Dementia Risk and Improve thinking

Uncategorized Jan 19, 2020

Welcome back Careblazer!

Today I want to talk about a specific plan you can use to help lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias AND even possibly help improve the thinking of your loved one with dementia. If you read last week’s post, than you know we talked about how your risk of dementia is higher simply for caring for a loved one with dementia. So today we are going to talk about a specific plan that has shown how to reduce your risk of getting the disease and even help improve the thinking of those who already have the disease.

This plan is based on the book, the Alzheimer’s Solution: A breakthrough program to prevent and reverse the symptoms of cognitive decline at every age. It’s a husband wife team who are neurologists who developed this program. A link to the specific book- The Alzheimer’s Solution is here in case you want to check it out for yourself.

Now before I get into the details of the plan, I want to let you...

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Your Increased Risk of Dementia

Uncategorized Jan 12, 2020

Hey there Careblazer,

In December I did a video on Frontotemporal dementia. In that video, I mentioned that people caring for a spouse with dementia were 600% more likely to develop dementia compared to people not caring for someone with dementia. It was a super popular video and many of you had questions about this increased risk wondering if somehow I was alluding to the fact that dementia is contagious. Well, dementia is not contagious. You don’t catch it from someone. But I did want to talk about why there is such a big risk for spouses compared to people who aren’t spouses (like a child caregiver) or for other types of caregivers - not dementia caregivers. 

If you would rather watch my video on this topic, click here.

Also, if you haven’t heard, I’m hosting a live Care Class going over things you can do to help reduce your caregiver stress, handle difficult behavior AND I’ll be doing a live q & a at the end answering your questions. I...

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Shadowing in dementia: What is it and what can you do about it?

Uncategorized Jan 06, 2020

Welcome back, Careblazer. It’s my first post of 2020. A new year, the start of a new decade. Let’s kick the year off by talking about a topic that many of you find so frustrating. 

Does your LOWD with dementia sometimes follow you around the house? Let’s say you get up to go to another room, or you just want a moment to yourself, but your loved one follows behind. They seem to always want to keep you in their line of sight? This type of behavior is called “shadowing” and it’s common in dementia. 

If you would rather watch my video on this topic, click here

Let’s talk about some possible reasons this happens and what you can do about it so you don’t feel helpless and smothered by your LOWD.  But before I get started with that, I want to let you know that I’ll be hosting another one of my free, live Care classes coming up in a few weeks. If you want to learn ways you can reduce your caregiver stress without...

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Dementia, Appetite, and Smell

Uncategorized Dec 29, 2019

Welcome back Careblazer. Does your loved one with dementia no longer seem to have an appetite? Have they stopped eating foods they used to love? Do they constantly say that food no longer tastes good?  

In today’s blog, I'm answering a question I saw recently posted inside my Careblazer Community on Facebook. One of the members asked why their loved one with dementia no longer seemed to have an appetite. Foods they once enjoyed, they no longer eat or seem interested in eating. I’m going to share one of the most common reasons this occurs and what you can do to cope with this since reduced appetite can lead to weight loss, poor nutrition, skin problems, and increased risk of depression. 

If you find yourself in the opposite situation- your LOWD seems to be eating everything in site- then you’ll want to check out THIS video I did. (https://youtu.be/dWesTZgR0Nk)

Also, real quick before I get into this common reason, I want to let you know that there are 2...

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How to Talk to Young Children about Dementia

Uncategorized Dec 22, 2019

Well hi there Careblazer!

I did a FB live Q & A several months ago and a Careblazer asked a really good question that I realize I’ve never done a video on. I want to talk about how to talk to children about dementia and how your kids or grandkids can get more involved with the person who has dementia. 

A lot of times, it’s really hard for kids to be around the person with dementia and to understand what’s going on. They may not understand why their grandparent is saying weird or mean things or even sometimes yelling, hitting, throwing. In some ways it can be scary and your child may not even want to be around the person with dementia. So let’s talk about this and some approaches you may want to take. 

If you would rather watch my video on this topic, click here.

Alright, back to children and how to help them understand and cope with a grandparent who has dementia. 

First of all, I want you to think about just how confusing this disease is...

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Dementia and Rude Comments: What you can do to cope with caring for someone who treats your poorly

Uncategorized Dec 15, 2019

Welcome back Careblazer!

Today I want to talk about an emotionally painful topic. I’ve talked about it before in a video called what to do when your loved one makes rude comments toward you. The gist of that video is to remind yourself that it’s the disease talking and not the person. And even though in that video, I talk about what to do if your loved one was mean before the dementia, I want to spend some more time talking about this today. 

The number one challenge I hear when I encourage Careblazers to remind themselves that the rude comments are coming from the disease, is that their LOWD has always been mean, always said mean things, called them names and so on. So now that it’s happening while they have dementia, it’s hard to believe its the disease since they’ve always been that way. Making matters work is you’re providing care, sacrificing time, and dealing with a lot of challenges for someone who is being rude to you. 

So...

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Frontotemporal Dementia: Signs and Symptoms

Uncategorized Dec 10, 2019

Welcome back Careblazer. In the past I’ve written about Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and lewy body dementia. I’ve been getting some requests for Frontotemporal dementia so in this I’m going to talk about what exactly that is and what symptoms it usually shows.

If you would rather watch my video on this topic, click here

I did a video on this before, but because there is a lot of confusion on the topic, I’ll just do a quick recap on what the difference is between dementia and all the other terms we hear about like Alzheimer’s disease, lewy body dementia, and so on. 

Dementia is a general term- you can think of it like the word cancer. When someone says they have cancer it tells you they are sick, something is wrong with their body. But it doesn’t give you the specific details of what is causing the sickness. For example, breast cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, and so on. Those different cancers are caused by different...

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Simple and Free Way to Feel Better

Uncategorized Dec 01, 2019

Welcome back Careblazer. If you are looking for a way to feeling better in the quickest, simplest way possible without a new medication or another doctor’s appointment, then today topic is for you. It takes just a few minutes a day but it can change so much about your life and if you’re a Careblazer, then I’m guessing you’ve got a lot on your plate right now and you can use a simple and free way to improve your life. 

 If you would rather watch my video on this topic, click here

What I’m about to share is inspired by the recent gratitude practice we did inside the Careblazer Community on FB for the month of November. It was so well received and helpful that I wanted to share it with those of you who aren’t in the group because I’ve seen the positive results it’s done for the Careblazers in that group and I”ve read the research that shows how helpful it is. 

Now most of us have heard about gratitude before-...

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