Category Archives: Stages of Dementia

Stages of Dementia and the Effect of Hospitals

I remember it like it was yesterday. Once again, Mom spiked a fever and her doctor told us to immediately take her to the emergency room. Sudden fevers and infections happen frequently when your loved one is going through dementia. The … Continue reading

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Stages of Dementia and the Skills of Listening

It can be hard to know what signs and symptoms to look for in an aging parent or loved one. And for many of us, even when we do notice something of concern, it can be hard to differentiate between … Continue reading

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Stages of Dementia During Holiday Visits

The holidays are upon us and for most, it’s a joyous homecoming! Whether you’re going home for the first time in a few months, or the first time in years, it’s important to keep in mind that as our parents … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Disease as an Only Child

We all wish for the perfect family where everyone can work together to support our parents or spouse as they go through the different stages of dementia. Over the years, I have had many clients who dream and wonder what … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Dementia Care and The Deadbeat Sibling Club

  Dementia’s Impact on the Family Recently, I watched a video on the Internet that gave “helpful” advice to families who are going through sibling conflict. Watching a video about how to get my “dreaded” sibling to be my new … Continue reading

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Stages of Dementia and Fecal Incontinence: Part Two

Jane walked into my office with a tearful face. “I can’t take this any more. I have to place him.” This was not the first time that I have heard a caregiver make this statement. However, I have been coaching … Continue reading

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Dementia and Delusions: Part One

Whenever I hear of a client who has dementia and is having delusions, it takes me back to moments where my mom suffered through these episodes and so did I. Delusions will happen at some point to those who are … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Nighttime Wandering

 Unless you have lived it, no one really gets it. Nighttime wandering, depending on the person’s stages of dementia, will wreak havoc in your life. Daily, I get a crisis phone call from a sleep deprived caregiver who has spent … Continue reading

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Stages of Dementia and Fecal Incontinence: Part One

My Mom and Dad grew up during a time when talking about bowel movements was a much more conversational topic because it was a not to be missed, daily (or twice daily) event. Seriously, they could have had their own reality … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Control Your Phone!

Technology is a double-edged sword Forget about Homer in the Odyssey. Today’s sirens are the songs and vibrations of our cell phones. I constantly hear from my clients how little time they have as their smart phones keep streaming info … Continue reading

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