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Having a Good Holiday with the Person with Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 11/21/2014 to Daily Living Tips
Holiday events can be overwhelming and anxiety producing for the person with dementia. These tips can help the caregiver prepare and set the tone for a positive experience for all.

A Month for Honoring Alzheimer Caregivers

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 11/11/2014 to Daily Living Tips
November is National Family Caregiver's Month. Caregivers of those with dementia face a lot of pressure, so they need to make sure they take care of themselves.

Numbers and Suits Game: A Great Activity for People with Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 10/25/2014 to Dementia Activities
Our Numbers and Suits card game is the perfect alternative to traditional playing cards and is great for people who enjoyed math or worked with numbers.

Ask the OT - Why does my mom with dementia get angry?

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 10/22/2014 to Communication Tips
"Mom gets mad at me at the dinner hour. She wants make supper for the children... but she is elderly, with no children to care for. How do I keep her out of the kitchen?"

Ask the OT - Why Does the Person with Dementia Ask the Same Questions?

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 9/24/2014 to Dementia Activities
Today I announce our new resource, "Ask the OT". Caregivers often have questions or situations that come up in dementia care. Although one answer never fits all situations, having different perspectives on the issue can help.

Activities for World Alzheimer's Month

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 9/22/2014 to Dementia Education
September is World Alzheimer's Month. Activities around the world are being done to help raise awareness and understanding of this condition, including promoting ways to reduce the risk of dementia.

Helping Alzheimer's Through Horticulture Therapy

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 9/2/2014 to Dementia Activities
Horticulture therapy is plant or garden therapy. It provides therapeutic benefit to people through the senses. One example is 'Seed Art'. My 3 daughters and I visited a local adult day program to do this project with participants with Alzheimer's.

Planning a Successful and Safe Trip with the Person with Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 8/4/2014
Taking a vacation may seem out of the question for caregivers of people with dementia.  True, vacations will likely not be the same as they were before.  But a successful vacation is possible with the right mindset and some planning.

Quality Dementia Care: A Plea from a Patient Himself

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 7/24/2014 to Daily Living Tips
Caregivers of a person with dementia see their loved one's personality change. Is the person truly being "lost" or is he or she still there? Alzheimer's patient, author, and advocate Richard Taylor shares his very important thoughts on this topic.

Alzheimer Care - Simplify for Success

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 7/15/2014 to Daily Living Tips
One word is all that is needed, but it is one that bears repeating. Simplify, simplify, simplify.

Enjoying the Tastes of Summer with Those with Alzheimer's

Posted by Administrator on 7/15/2014 to Dementia Activities
A recent visit to the local strawberry patch with my three daughters prompted my thinking about an easy strawberry dessert recipe that could be completed by people with dementia.

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