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Loving someone with Alzheimer's disease: The journey and lessons learned

books interview Nov 29, 2020

In today’s video, I interview Lauren Dykovitz. She is the creator of the blog Life, Love, and Alzheimer's and is the author of the book, Learning to Weather the Storm: A Story of Life, Love, and Alzheimer's.

 

Lauren shares her raw and honest experience of having a mom diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. She shares how she put her life on hold, her experience with guilt for doing anything she enjoys, and thoughts of wishing her mom's journey would end. Anyone caring for a loved one with dementia will relate to Lauren's journey.

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I apologize for the sound and video quality. I hope that you don't allow my tech difficulties to stop you from taking away all the value Lauren offers in this video.

Here is a link to her book*: https://amzn.to/33pjaa5

Here is a link to Lauren's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lifeloveandalzheimers/

Here is a link to Lauren's FB page: https://www.facebook.com/lifeloveandalzheimers

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5 tips to get through the holiday season as a dementia caregiver

Uncategorized Nov 22, 2020

Careblazer, welcome back.

 

We are in the midst of the holiday season and I want to share with you some of my thoughts to help make this season as calm and enjoyable while caring for your loved one with dementia. 


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Caring for someone with dementia around the holidays doesn’t have to mean that you give up everything you once enjoyed about the holidays, or that you have to dread the holidays. But it does likely mean that you will have to adjust your expectations and do some planning to help meet the needs of both you and your loved one. 

 

If you haven’t already, be sure to download the Careblazer survival guide. It’s filled with helpful information to get you through the holiday season with the least amount of stress possible. Download it here.

 

Alright, here are 5 tips to help you through this holiday season.



First, Adjust and adapt traditions. 

 

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Dementia and Delirium

#behaviors Nov 15, 2020

Welcome back Careblazer. Today I want to talk about delirium. Another word for this includes encephalopathy. Delirium can be a common side effect for people with dementia and it’s important to understand what it is and how to notice signs of it because it requires medical attention and if not treated can lead to further brain damage.

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In this video, I’m going to specifically answer what is delirium, the 3 different types, who gets delirium, the symptoms of delirium, how delirium is diagnosed, if you can fully recover from delirium and what to do if you suspect your loved one has delirium. 


But first, before I get into the video, I have a very important announcement to make. If you are watching this on Sunday, November 15th, it's the very last day I’m accepting new members inside my care course.

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Careblazer mindset - how to feel more at ease in difficult situations

careblazer mindset Nov 08, 2020

Welcome back, Careblazer.

Today I want to talk about the Careblazer mindset. It’s something my Care course members know about because we talk about it quite a bit inside the course. But I want to share it here because if you can understand this mindset and try to drop into this mindset from time to time, you will start to be able to handle and cope with the many challenges and difficulties in life with much more ease, peace, and compassion for yourself. By understanding and applying this mindset to your life, you will start to notice frustration and resistance start to lower. I’m going to first share what it is and then how you can apply it to your life. 

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And Careblazer, if you find today’s video helpful, or any of my information helpful for that matter, now is your chance to join my private program where we go over these principles, apply them to your situation, and start to notice a change....

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3 STEPS TO LOWERING DEMENTIA CAREGIVER STRESS WITHOUT EXTRA TIME, MONEY, OR HELP. *SPECIAL TRAINING*

Welcome, Careblazer! I’m so excited for today! Not only am I sharing a special video, but it also happens to be the very first day of the Care Course opening. All of the Careblazers on my waitlist have already been alerted, and now it’s time to let all of you know. More details on that to come. 

It’s a bit different from the typical approach. It’s special training that I usually only do live, but I wanted to put it together here because I know that so many of you are in different time zones all across the world and I wanted to share it with as many of you as possible. Especially because if you put the information I share today into work, if you apply this to your life, you will start to notice shifts in your mood, thinking, and stress levels. In this video, I’m sharing with you my Careblazer MAP that you can apply to your own life so you can start to lower your stress, feel better, stop dreading the future and start to get your own life back to a...

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3 steps to stop difficult dementia behaviors using redirection

Uncategorized Oct 25, 2020

Welcome back, Careblazer. Today I want to talk about a really important topic. Something that if you can start to practice can help reduce many stressful moments. How to redirect someone with dementia when they are doing or saying something that is challenging.


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In my care course, so many of my members talk about their loved ones and ask for my input on how to handle their challenging behaviors. For example, what to do when your LOWD follows you around everywhere or when they ask the same thing over and over or when they accuse you of something that’s not true, or when they are focused on something that is making them upset. 


And real quick, before we get started, My care course opens next week for a limited time. Be sure to add your name to this list so you don’t miss out. Click here to sign up. 


We already know that the approach of trying to reason or rationalize can make things worse, so what can you do?...

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How long does dementia last?

Welcome back Careblazer. Today I want to answer a question I recently received- how long does someone with dementia live? 


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Seems like a straightforward question, but as you probably expect there isn’t really a straightforward answer. I’m going to share with you the range that someone with dementia typically lives and the different factors that can make that time shorter or longer. 

 

The reason this is an important question is that when someone you love is diagnosed with dementia, you will need to start planning for care, future plans, how you will pay for care, and so on. It can make a difference whether someone will be living for 2 years or 20 years when it comes to planning. 

 

So while there is no definite way to determine the length of time, I’ll do my best to share what the research shows at this time. 

 

Let’s first talk briefly about why this...

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How to get someone with dementia to accept help from others

Welcome back Careblazer. Today I want to talk about how to get your LOWD more receptive to help in the home and what to do if your LOWD is not agreeable to the help. 


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This topic is sparked by a member of my care course. During one of our question and answer sessions, she shared that she has always been the person to care for her husband. 24/7, she did everything. She’s finally at the point where she realizes, she needs to get away from time to time and there are some things she has to do out of the home that her LOWD can’t join her for. There is no family nearby. 

 

This Careblazer did a lot of things right when she introduced the help in the home and I want to share them with you and expand on them a bit. 


Even if you think your loved one would be totally against care, I don't want you to throw out this possibility. Caring for someone with dementia can be challenging and can last years....

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3 THINGS THAT HELP SOMEONE WITH DEMENTIA BE MORE ACCEPTING OF YOUR CARE

caregiver stress Oct 04, 2020

Welcome back, Careblazer. Today I want to share with you 3 ways that you can improve the relationship you have with your LOWD. If you have an amazing relationship already with your LOWD, these ideas will help strengthen and reinforce that relationship. If you feel that your relationship with your LOWD is strained and tense, especially if they see you as someone who tries to get in the way, treats them like a child, or sees you as someone who tries to stop them from doing what you want, then this will definitely help you start to shift into something more friendly, kind, and enjoyable. 


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The steps I’m sharing don’t require any extra time, money, or help. I’m asking you to give at least one of these ideas a chance. The more you practice these steps the better the results you will see. Also, it’s important to know that doing these steps doesn’t mean you will automatically see a...

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4 Steps to Making a Dementia Emergency Safety Plan

Welcome back Careblazer. Today, I want to talk about what you can do to help make sure your loved one can remain safe in the event of an emergency. This topic has come up recently with some of my care course members and I wanted to share some of what I shared with them.  


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None of us know what the future holds. It’s possible for you to get sick and have to go into the hospital emergency. There may be hurricanes, wildfires, power outages, heat waves, tornadoes, or you may just find yourself needing to be hospitalized in an emergency. In all of these situations, this may leave your loved one alone (without you), or it may require a quick evacuation. 

 

My goals for you are to help you create your very own emergency plan so that you and your loved one can be safe if you’re ever faced with an emergency. 

 

For starters, let’s talk about where you and/or your loved one...

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