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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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Light therapy for dementia? Does it work?

Hey there Careblazer, 

 

I think we can all agree sleep is important. We all know that tired, confused, sometimes even nauseous feeling that comes with not getting enough sleep and, as you probably guessed, sleep is particularly important for your LOWD BUT do you know the impact that light can have on sleep?

 

Today I want to spend some time talking about some of the facts about sleep and dementia and the research on the importance of light to sleep. 

 


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Let’s start with some basic facts about sleep:

About half of older adults and approximately 60-70% of people with mild cognitive impairment and dementia experience some form of sleep disturbance. This means the odds are your LOWD falls into this category. 

Various studies have shown that when an individual with dementia has problems with their sleep they are more likely to have more severe thinking problems, greater mood...

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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. 

 


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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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