When someone with dementia forgets who you are

Uncategorized May 05, 2021

Hey there Careblazer!

Today I want to talk about the dreaded and heartbreaking experience of your loved one with dementia no longer recognizing you or remembering who you are. We’ve all heard about this possibility. Many of you talk about dreading when that day will come, if it ever does. Some of you have already experienced this. 

 

Today, I want to talk about why it’s actually not usually them forgetting you at all. They still very much remember you. I’m going to break down what’s actually happening when they don’t recognize you, I’ll give you some tips on how to help them recognize and remember you, AND I’m going to share what one amazing Careblazer said was actually MUCH worse than his loved one not remembering him. When I read his words, it was the most heartbreaking, heartfelt, and impactful thing I’ve heard a Careblazer say. But here’s my warning, it’s a tear jerker. 


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Life after dementia: A Caregiver's journey

Uncategorized Apr 27, 2021

Hey there Careblazer!

Welcome back to my blog, the place where we talk about everything dementia. If you are caring for a loved one with any type of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy Body Dementia, or vascular dementia, then this is the place for you! I post  every week on the topic of dementia caregiving.

This week over on my YouTube channel, I talked with Lauren Dykovitz on lessons she's learned during and after caring for her mother who passed away with early onset Alzheimers. She shares her mom and dad's hesitation with allowing help in the home, how they overcame those obstacles, and how she has been adjusting to no longer being a caregiver since her mom's passing 1 year ago.


If you would like to watch my interview with Lauren, click this link here and it will take you directly to my YouTube channel.


I am attaching all of Lauren's info here if you would like to follow her on other platforms or her book.

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This will stop you from success as a dementia caregiver

Uncategorized Apr 20, 2021

Welcome back, Careblazer.

Today I want to talk to you about a thought that you’re probably having that is keeping you stuck. This thought is preventing you from trying to stop a difficult behavior, figure out why your loved one is having a difficult behavior, figuring out how to respond to a behavior to calm your loved one down. It’s come up in some recent live Q & A’s I’ve done with some of my Care Course members and I want to share it with you here. In fact, I think there are 3 main reasons that are keeping most Careblazers stuck, but today I want to talk about just one. 

 

“It won’t work” 

 

Before I do, I have an exciting announcement. I’m doing something I’ve never done before. I’m hosting a 14 day caregiving challenge called how to make caregiving 50% easier. I’m going to be going live, answering your questions, and giving you tools you need to make caregiving easier. I’m also...

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Exercise plus THIS 1 THING improves thinking

Uncategorized Apr 13, 2021

Welcome back, Careblazer. In last week’s post, I answered the question about whether cognitive games work. As I talked about, the results are a bit mixed and the overall finding is that they won’t hurt and they may help. 

In today’s post, I wanted to talk about exercise and something surprising. There is plenty of research that has been done to show that exercise is one of the BEST things anyone can do to help maintain and improve brain health. Even people with dementia can regrow brain cells and improve functioning through exercise. BUT recently there has been a new field of study that is showing that there is something better than just exercise. It’s pretty exciting. There will likely be a lot more research in this area in the future and I want to share it with you because this is something you can definitely do for yourself to maintain and improve brain health and depending on your loved one’s severity of dementia. It may also help improve their...

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Do brain games help with dementia?

Uncategorized Apr 05, 2021

There are a lot of companies out there selling programs that help train memory and attention and other thinking skills. They say that by doing those programs, it will help keep your brain healthy and even improve your brain.

But do they work? In this post, I’m going to share what the research says and how one world renown doctor uses brain training games as  part of his protocol to prevent and reverse cognitive decline. Be sure to read to the end where I’ll tell you about that protocol and how you can learn more. You may find this information helpful for your loved one with dementia, but I suspect you may even find it more helpful for you because it’s never too early to start good brain health.


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Okay, let’s take a peek at the research. 

In 2018, there was a small study where they took 51 adults without dementia and put them through a brain training program called Luminosity....

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Medications that can be dangerous for dementia

Uncategorized Mar 30, 2021

Happy Tuesday  Careblazer!

Today I want to talk about some of the most dangerous medications for older adults with dementia. These medications have something called a “black box warning”.


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When a medication has a black box warning, it means it has the most stringent warning for drugs and medical devices and the FDA requires a black box warning be placed on the medication or device packaging. The information must have a header in all caps and information printed in bold typeface. These warnings notify the public of serious, permanent or fatal side effects. You might be surprised to hear that some of the most common medications given to people with dementia with behavioral challenges include medications with these black box warnings because they can lead to things like stroke and death. Despite these warnings, studies suggest that these medications continue to be prescribed on a regular basis.

 

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When someone with dementia believes something untrue.

Uncategorized Mar 21, 2021

Welcome back, Careblazer. What are you supposed to do if your loved one is living in another reality and has some delusions that aren’t true? How do you respond to them when what they are thinking is so off the wall but you don’t want to make them more upset?  


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I was recently answering member questions inside my Care Course Q & A session and one Careblazer shared a really frustrating situation with her mom where her mom was believing something that wasn’t true. When the mom asked this Careblazer for her input, the Careblazer rationally explained why her mom’s belief wasn’t true. This led to an argument. The Careblazer had to walk away. 

 

Now this amazing Careblazer, much like all my Care Course members, knows her stuff. She knows that I teach the importance of “joining their world.” I’ve talked about that in several other videos. So she...

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THE 6 STAGES OF CAREGIVING (Interview with Dr. Koepp)

Uncategorized Mar 15, 2021

Hey there Careblazer! This weekend I had the pleasure of talking with Dr. Regina Koepp about the 6 stages of caregiving and what the goal is within each of these stages.

I am going to link the video of this interview here.

My challenge to you in this video is to watch and see which stage of caregiving you fall in at this moment. You can always come back to this video in the future as you move through the different stages.

Learn more about Dr. Regina Koepp and what she offers at www.drreginakoepp.com

I hope you all have a wonderful week Careblazers! Come back next week for a new blog post! 

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Important "vitamin" for caregivers and people with dementia

Uncategorized Mar 09, 2021

Happy Tuesday Careblazers!

This week, I had the pleasure of getting to talk with Dr. Paula Hartman-Stein, a psychologist, consultant, journalist and educator. Click here if you would like to watch our interview!

She talks about the importance of Vitamin N and how we can overcome nature-deficit-disorder to lower cortisol, improve blood sugar, and help with overall cognition. The information she shares can be applied to dementia caregivers and to people with dementia. She explains how to adapt these principles for people with dementia, people who are blind, and how to still get a healthy dose of Vitamin N even during winter months and travel restrictions. The best part is that it's free! Listen to her share what the research has to show about his very important vitamin that most of us aren't getting enough of.


Dr. Hartman-Stein's free webinar on enhancing brain and heart health will be on Thursday, March 25th, 7 pm eastern time. You can sign up here: ...

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Who treats dementia symptoms?

Uncategorized Mar 04, 2021

Welcome back Careblazer. In last week’s post I talked about the top docs that are usually involved in diagnosing dementia. The PCP, neurologist, and neuropsychologist. In today’s video I want to share with you my top 5 most helpful professions when it comes to treating dementia and it’s symptoms. My guess is that your loved one may be struggling with something that one of these 5 types of providers can help with. 

 

Let’s start first with speech pathology. 



A Speech Pathologist can be extremely helpful not only with swallowing issues that can happen in dementia, but also in the assessment of language abilities and in cognitive rehabilitation- meaning helping the person learn new ways of remembering information and communicating information. For example, in dementia there may be times when your loved one is having a hard time communicating with you. Maybe you can’t understand what they are saying because their words are mumbled or because...

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