The BIGGEST dementia advice for YOU

Uncategorized Feb 12, 2022

Hello Careblazers!

This past week I posted a video over on my YouTube channel, sharing with you my biggest piece of dementia caregiving advice for any caregiver. Go check it out at this link here!

I'm coming out with a new series on hospice and palliative care soon so stay tuned for those topics! 

Keep up the good work Careblazers!

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Helping someone with dementia manage finances (before it's too late)

Uncategorized Jan 29, 2022

Hello Careblazers! 

This week over on my YouTube channel, I chat with Courtney Heiden. She is a licensed financial advisor and expert in long-term care pre-planning and asset protection. Her family’s story sparked her desire to launch a financial planning practice, specializing in helping families find quality care for their loved ones without losing everything in the process. Family means everything to Courtney. Her passion is to offer hope to her clients in a career that is close to herb heart.

In this video she shares some steps you can take to help protect your hard earned assets from the financial toll that dementia can have on families.

To head over to my YouTube channel to watch my interview with Courtney, click here!


You can learn more about Courtney at:

Follow her on Instagram at @financially.bright

You can also download a free copy of her book:Shining Light on the Truth: Dementia and Your Money at ...

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How to prepare for the next Dementia appointment

Uncategorized Jan 28, 2022

Hey there Careblazer! Have you ever gone to a doctor's appointment for your loved one, or even for yourself, and left feeling like you had forgotten to ask something? Or been on the ride home and realized that you never asked about the most important thing you had to discuss with them? If this sounds like you, you are not alone!


Under regular circumstances, doctors appointments often happen quickly, can feel stressful, and follow the agenda of items the doctor needs to get through, leaving you a short period of time to ask questions at the end. The way this is set up means that it is really easy to forget things! Now let’s add the fact that you are bringing your loved one with dementia (LOWD) to the appointment. What additional distractions does this bring? Does this add extra stress, extra steps? 


For these reasons, having a plan of how to speak with your LOWD's provider can be incredibly helpful. For the purposes of demonstrating how to prepare, I am going...

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THIS dementia tip can improve care and lower stress!

Uncategorized Jan 16, 2022

Today I want to talk to you about something very practical to help you track all of the information that comes your way as a caregiver: creating a healthcare binder. 


I KNOW this sounds simple and many of you are probably wondering why we would take the time to talk about it today. As a caregiver you receive A LOT of information, often from A LOT of different providers. As the Caregiver for your LOWD, it often falls to you to act as your LO's case manager and this can add A LOT of stress! One thing that I have seen work time and time again for caregivers is creating a system to organize all of this information and I would like to share one version of this that other caregivers have found helpful. 


Before we start digging in, please know that you can customize this in whatever way you think would work best for you! Leave some items out, add some items. Get creative for what works best for you and your LO. Once created, this is something that you can easily...

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Why do people have strange dementia behavior?

Uncategorized Jan 03, 2022

Hello Careblazers!

Welcome to the Careblazer blog, the place where I share dementia tips, strategies, and information for family members caring for a loved one with any type of dementia (such as Alzheimer's disease, Lewy Body dementia, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, etc.) Every week, I share tips and tricks to help you in your dementia caregiving journey.

Last week on my YouTube channel, I chatted with Adria Thompson. She's a speech therapist who spends much of her days solving difficult dementia behaviors. In this interview, she shares how to approach those challenging behaviors in a way that will increase the changes you'll actually understand what drives the behavior.

If you would like to check out this interview and learn all about the ways a speech and language pathologist can improve communication for you and your loved one with dementia, click here.


You can learn more about Adria at: 

Instagram: @belightcare


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Improve Dementia Caregiver Health: Interview with Dr. Greg Gatchell

Uncategorized Dec 23, 2021
Hello Careblazer! Welcome back!
In this week's video over on my YouTube channel, you're going to hear me chat with
Dr. Greg Gatchell. He's a medical doctor and he specializes in lifestyle medicine. In this interview he's going to talk about what lifestyle medicine is why it's so important, especially for dementia caregivers. At the end of the interview, he talks about some specific steps dementia caregivers can take from a lifestyle medicine perspective. If you're worried about your health at all, especially worried about maybe your health declining at a faster rate than your loved one with dementia, you don't want to miss out on this interview and all of the goodness that Dr. Gatchell shares with you today. 
I hope you have a wonderful week Careblazers and Happy Holidays!
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Letting someone with dementia visit during holidays

Uncategorized Dec 18, 2021

Wondering whether to bring your  loved one home for the holidays? Perhaps they are living in a care facility and family is coming over to your home for the holidays...does your loved one with dementia attend as well?

That’s what I’m answering in today’s video AND I’ll give you some general guidelines to help you make the best decision based on your situation. 


Welcome to the Careblazers blog, I’m Dr. Natali a board certified geropsychologist and every Sunday I post a new video right here. So be sure to hit that red subscribe button on your screen to stay connected and download your free careblazer survival guide here. It’s my gift to you. 

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


Let me first start out by saying you can obviously do what you want when it comes to inviting your loved one to any holiday festivities. BUT I want to talk about some real concerns you might have, such as will your loved...

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Dementia and the Holidays

Uncategorized Dec 06, 2021

It’s the holiday season and despite the music you may be hearing on TV and in stores, it might not actually be the most wonderful time of year for you...and that’s okay. 


The holidays can be extra painful for caregivers and in today’s post I want to give you some tips to help make the holiday season enjoyable for you and your loved one AND perhaps create a positive memory or two. 


Hi, I’m Natali Edmonds, a board certified geropsychologist and this is the Careblazers blog. 



Before we get started, I want to let you know that my very popular "Make Caregiving Easier Challenge" is open now for a limited time! Go to to learn more. I believe this is the quickest and most powerful way to totally transform your caregiving experience. We get started this Friday. I hope I’ll see you there. 

Also, if you would prefer to watch a video on this topic, click here to go to my YouTube...

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Is dementia reversible?

Uncategorized Dec 01, 2021

Have you ever wondered if dementia is reversible? That’s a great question, today I’m going to answer it. 


Hi, my name is Natali Edmonds, I’m a board certified geropsychologist and this is the Careblazers blog. Welcome. 


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


In order to answer the question about dementia being reversible, it’s important to know what dementia is. 


Dementia is a general word, an umbrella word, a category. It is not a specific diagnosis. 

For example, fruit is a general work, an umbrella word, a category. It is not a specific fruit. 

Apples, oranges, and bananas are all fruit. They are always fruit. But “fruit” is not always a banana, sometimes when someone says fruit they are referring to an apple. 


Does that make sense? Just like cancer is a category word,  it doesn’t tell you what type. You can have breast cancer, lung cancer, brain...

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Dementia Bathing Tips: 8 tips to make bathing easier

Uncategorized Nov 30, 2021

Do you wish that your loved one with dementia would agree to bathe or shower? Or at least not make it so challenging?

Today’s post will help!


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


A few weeks ago I posted a video on my instagram accounts with some basic bathing tips and it took off! In just a few days it had over 100,000 views and people were leaving all sorts of comments that work for them when it comes to getting their loved one to bathe. 


I’m going to share with you the tips in that short video. Also at the end of this post,   I'll share with you some of the amazing tips from fellow Careblazers left in the comments section of that instagram video. 



Hi, my name is Natali Edmonds, I’m a board certified geropsychologist and this is the Careblazers blog. Welcome!




Let’s go over some best practices for getting your loved one to agree or be more acceptable to...

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