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3 Areas Dementia Caregivers Should Know About

Over the years, I’ve had the chance to work with hundreds of people with dementia and their families personally on a one to one basis. 

 

I’ve worked with thousands in the online space through my private programs. 

 

And more informally, i’ve had some contact and communication with thousands more caregivers through social media- things like Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram

 

Over the years, I’ve started to notice some general themes on what’s made the difference between the caregivers who burn out, give up, and barely recognize themselves in the mirror. And the caregivers that somehow seem to be managing, Somehow are holding on, maybe even doing things they enjoy. 

 

And it’s not what you would think. Many people think the ones doing the best are the ones with more help, money, and time. And while I wished that for everyone and it would be helpful, it’s not what makes the difference. I’ve worked with...

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How to Feel Better as a Dementia Caregiver

In this post I want to talk about two different places you can focus your attention. 

 

One will make caregiving much harder than it has to be. (please don’t choose this one)

 

The other will make a difficult journey much easier for you. 


After reading this post and trying this out- you can take it a step further by joining me in my Make Caregiving Easier experience at makecaregivingeasier.com and let’s keep the ball rolling.

 


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I was talking to a friend recently and she was telling  me about a book (in full disclosure I have NOT read this book…yet). And it has nothing to do with caregiving…BUT the concept she shared with me was incredibly helpful to me AND I think it can be helpful to any caregiver. 


The book was called The Gap and The Gain by Dan Sullivan and it's a business book. 


BUT, the concept my friend shared was this: In life there is...

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What are Delusions and Hallucinations?

Has your person with dementia ever believed somethign that wasn’t true? Like that people are stealing things when it’s really that they are misplacing them or losing them?

 

Or maybe even that they see someone in the house, even though no one else is there? 

 

These are knowns as Delusions and HallucinationsThese are common symptoms that can happen in any dementia. And they are actually two different things, although many people confuse the two. 


Today I’m going to share what’s the difference between these two symptoms and how you’ll be able to know whether person you’re caring for has either one or both of these symptoms. AND most importantly, I’ll share some big do’s and don’t when trying to respond, because if you’ve even tried to tell someone what they are believing or seeing isn’t real then you know that usually makes things much worse. I don’t want that to happen to...

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Is Using This Safe For Someone With Dementia?

Hey there Careblazer. Today I want to talk about traveling with your LOWD. Under regular circumstances traveling can be stressful and require a lot of planning. Many people worry about being in a public place and how their LOWD might react. Last week (or whenever the other one is done), I gave you my top 5 tips for traveling with your LOWD. Today, I want to talk about a potential resource to explore when traveling. It can be controversial for some but is worth considering if it may be right for you. 

 


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


 

So as I mentioned this idea is somewhat controversial but you can consider using the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard. Today I want to review with you what the Sunflower Lanyard is, why some people consider it controversial, and how it could potentially be helpful for you and your LOWD. 

 

The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard is very much like it sounds. It is a green lanyard with...

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Do Jelly Drops prevent dehydration in dementia?

Hello Careblazers!

This week over on my YouTube channel, I interviewed the creator of Jelly Drops: a unique and creative way to help prevent dehydration in dementia. While these shouldn't replace actual liquids, your loved one may enjoy eating them and get a bit more water in their system as a result.

If you're interested to know more, please watch the full video here to learn about Jelly Drops and how much water they actually contain.

PLEASE NOTE: I do not advocate for Jelly Drops. I am not an affiliate. I received zero money from Jelly Drops for this video. This is purely an informational video to learn more about Jelly Drops which have recently become available in the U.S.

Keep up the great work Careblazers! 

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When Dementia Behavior Tips Don't Work

In this post, we are going to talk about the first and most important step to actually solve a difficult dementia behavior.

 


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Before any problem can be solved we first have to identify what exactly the problem is. This is actually the most important step and it sounds simple, but after working with thousands and thousands of careblazers this first step is more often than not done incorrectly and it lowers  the chances of any behavior change from happening. 

 

So grab a piece of paper, we are going to get really clear on step one.

I want you to write down on your paper or in the comments what is one thing or one behavior you are trying to change or would like to see change in your loved one with dementia? 

Now take a look at what you wrote down. The very first step in solving a problem is to get clear on what that problem is and in order to do that, you can’t have your own judgements and...

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Delusions and Dementia

Hi there Careblazer.  I’m happy to be back with this week’s topic on delusions and dementia. Many of you are caring for a loved one who believes things that are just not true. Some of them may even accuse you or blame you of things that aren’t true.

There are so many symptoms in dementia...not just memory problems. One common symptom is delusions. Delusions are basically really strong beliefs that your loved one has that aren't real but your loved one believes them to be real. And no matter how bizarre or strange or impossible their belief is, they believe it no matter what.

Some common delusions include things like thinking someone is breaking into their home and stealing things.

Someone spying on them or following them.

Feeling like a spouse is having an affair.

Many times the person they may think is doing these things is often you...the caregiver.

So if your loved one is having delusions and you are struggling for how to respond, then...

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