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Honoring Richard Taylor and the Difference He Made for Those with Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 8/6/2015 to Dementia Awareness
Sadly, Richard Taylor, a respected dementia educator and advocate who himself lived with dementia, passed away recently. Fortunately, his well known book, "Alzheimer's From the Inside Out" and videos and articles he did with power and grace, will continue to live on.

The Benefits of Music for Both Caregivers and the Person with Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 8/3/2015 to Daily Living Tips
If caregivers can find a few minutes each day to incorporate some easy holistic health methods, such as music, they can help stay well and prevent health issues that might arise from the prolonged stress of caregiving of the person with Alzheimer's disease.

Aromatherapy Can Help Dementia Patients and Caregivers

Posted by Administrator on 7/28/2015 to Daily Living Tips
Patients living with dementia and caregivers themselves face numerous stresses everyday. Aromatherapy can relieve stress, helping the patient avoid anxiety and improve sleep and offering the caregiver either relaxation when overwhelmed or energy when fatigued. Learn more about aromatherapy in this part 2 of 3 guest blog post series from Emmy Vadnais, Holistic Occupational Therapist.

Taking Care of the Dementia Caregiver with Easy Holistic Health Approaches

Posted by Administrator on 7/9/2015 to Daily Living Tips
Caregivers give and give...often too much. Caregivers need to take the time to "refill the well" and some simple holistic health measures can be the perfect solution. Guest blogger, Emmy, a Holistic Occupational Therapist, shares her expertise to help caregivers in this three part series.

July 4th Independence Day: Activities for Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 7/2/2015 to Dementia Activities
Celebrate the July 4th holiday with these great ideas that work for all different stages of dementia.

Grassroots Campaigns - Making the Difference for People with Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 6/27/2015 to Dementia Awareness
This last week's Parade newspaper insert shares how it is not big organizations or companies who alone are making a difference for those with Alzheimer's, but a number of small, individual efforts adding up to big results.

Father's Day Moments the Dad with Alzheimer's Can Enjoy

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 6/12/2015 to Dementia Activities
Father's Day is around the corner and family may be thinking of how they can make it special for the father or grandfather in their life. Alzheimer's disease can make it a bit more challenging but with a bit of pre-planning and flexibility, it can happen.

Creating a Positive Mood for the Person with Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 6/3/2015 to Communication Tips
Did you know that words alone can affect the mood of the person with Alzheimer's- both positively or negatively? Click ahead to find the video sharing easy ways to promote a positive mood for the person with dementia.

Why Aren't Patients with Alzheimer's Disease Getting a Timely Diagnosis?

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 5/20/2015 to Dementia Education
With the four most common causes of cancer, physicians reveal the diagnoses to their patients 90% of the time. For a sampling of patients with Alzheimer's disease, the rate was only 45%. Why aren't patients with Alzheimer's disease getting a timely diagnosis?

The 5 A's of Alzheimer's Disease: Aphasia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 5/13/2015 to Communication Tips
Learning about the five A Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease can be helpful in dealing with them. This is the last part in the series and describes the symptom called Aphasia, or difficulty with communication. It explains why the person might repeat themselves or answer all questions with an "I don't know" or "I don't care".

Mother's Day Gifts Appropriate for the Mom with Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/30/2015 to Dementia Activities
Knowing what to buy the mother with memory loss can be challenging. Use this gift guide to find some ideas that are appropriate and that can be both enjoyable and beneficial.

The 5 A's of Alzheimer's Disease: Amnesia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/29/2015 to Dementia Education
Understanding the five A Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease can be helpful in managing them. This is part four of five and describes the symptom called Amnesia, or the loss of memory, which includes short-term and long-term memories, and more.

Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month Brings New Outlook for Patients

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/28/2015 to Daily Living Tips
In the United States, 50,000-60,000 new cases of Parkinson's Disease are diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who currently have it. April is Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month, so is a good time to learn more about this condition, including how it can lead to Parkinson's-related dementia.

Occupational Therapy: Helping People with their Unique Music of Life

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/22/2015 to Dementia Activities
Occupational therapy is a unique profession. It is a lot like music. Just playing "Do - re - mi" are the building block notes, but alone are not much. But add in a crescendo, a cymbal crash, or a key change and now you have music. Occupational therapy is similar - considering not only the building blocks but also leading to all things that make the 'music of life' for that person.

The 5 A's of Alzheimer's Disease: Agnosia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/15/2015 to Environment/Safety Tips
The person with Alzheimer's disease can have trouble identifying objects and/or faces correctly. This is not due to their vision but rather a symptom called Agnosia, which is one of the five A Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease. 

Activities for Alzheimer's - A 'Treatment' of Choice

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/7/2015 to Dementia Activities
Activities is an under-recognize and under-utilized 'treatment' for Alzheimer's disease. Learn here what activity in dementia care is, how the research shows it can help, and how you can help keep the person with dementia active.

The 5 A's of Alzheimer's Disease: Apraxia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/1/2015 to Daily Living Tips
Understanding the five A Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease can be helpful in managing them. This is part two of five and describes the symptom called Apraxia, when there is a breakdown in the body movement and planning to do a task. 

5 Items to Spark Conversation & Smiles with the Person with Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/26/2015 to Dementia Activities
Visiting the person with Alzheimer's or other form of dementia can be a bit intimidating for some. These 5 activity items are easy to take along and will promote interaction and an enjoyable visit for all.

Easy Therapuetic Art Activity for Alzheimers

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/18/2015 to Dementia Activities
Painting rocks can be a creative, colorful, and failure-free activity for the person with Alzheimer's. Learn more about this activity and how to adapt it for different stages of Alzheimer's.

Finding the positives in the negatives in dementia care

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/17/2015 to Communication Tips
Caregivers can reframe the way they look at things with the person with Alzheimer's disease, to turn potential negative moments into positive ones. Here are 5 tips to get you on your way.

The Woman Behind the Julianne Moore 'Still Alice' Performance

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/6/2015 to Dementia Education
Meet the woman with dementia who helped Julianne Moore craft her performance in 'Still Alice' and how they both help speak out for those affected by Alzheimer's disease.

The 5 A's of Alzheimer's Disease: Anomia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/4/2015 to Communication Tips
Understanding the five A Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease can be helpful in managing them. This is part one of five and describes the symptom called Anomia, also known as the  "Tip of the Tongue" phenomena.

Activity Equals Joy and Purpose for People with Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/3/2015 to Dementia Activities
"I cannot emphasize enough how important activity engagement is, especially when it comes to people who are cognitively impaired." Memory Care Program Coordinator and Manager, Rachael Wonderlin, shares how activity makes a difference for people with dementia.

Cinnamon Roll Activity Entices the Senses for Those with Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 2/2/2015 to Dementia Activities
Mmmm...cinnamon covered rolls. What could smell or taste better? This easy recipe can get all levels of patients with dementia involved and comes together in a fun shape that can encourage conversation.

Celebrate National Puzzle Day

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 1/29/2015 to Dementia Activities
National Puzzle Day reminds us of the benefits of puzzles and how they can help the person with dementia.

Alzheimer Activity - In the Kitchen with Tator Tots

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 1/22/2015 to Dementia Activities
Cooking a simple dish together can be a great way to engage the person with Alzheimer's. This hot dish activity has many steps the person can help with and is a perfect dish for a cool winter day.

How Martin Luther King Jr's Words Make a Difference for Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 1/19/2015 to Dementia Education
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about freeing the oppressed. What can we do to for patients to maximize their 'freedom' from the symptoms of Alzheimer's?

Caregiver Lessons Through a Son's Music

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 1/8/2015 to Dementia Activities
This great video shows a son's special love for his mom with dementia and so much more.

Starting New: A Daily Motto for Dementia Caregivers

Posted by Administrator on 1/7/2015 to Daily Living Tips
A new year can bring new beginnings. For a dementia caregiver, 'starting new' can be something that is done daily, bringing benefit to both the caregiver and the patient.

Simple Bread Baking Activity Helps Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 12/10/2014 to Dementia Activities
Baking fresh bread has so many steps that the person with dementia can be involved with and benefit from. This simple recipe gives an easy and tasty treat to enjoy together.

Alzheimer Activity - Santa Brownie Hats

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 12/8/2014 to Dementia Activities
Simple holiday activities can help the person with Alzheiemer's feel a part of the holidays and can be enjoyed together, even with smaller children in the family.

Gift Ideas for the Person with Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 12/3/2014 to Dementia Activities
It can be difficult to know what gift to buy the person with Alzheimer's.  Here are some great gift ideas, including some that are practical and some that are fun and can be enjoyed together.

MindStart - Proud of our Small Business

Posted by Administrator on 11/28/2014 to Dementia Awareness
Today is Small Business Saturday and MindStart is celebrating. Learn who we are and what we strive for.

Thanks to All Caregivers

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 11/25/2014 to Dementia Education
What are those with dementia thankful for?

Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 11/24/2014 to Dementia Awareness
November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness month. Sharing a few simple facts with others can make a huge difference in reducing stigmas.

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.

Aiding Communication for People with Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 7/2/2014 to Communication Tips
People with dementia can have trouble with their communication, losing their train of thought. It can be uncomfortable for all involved. But there are some things you can do to make conversations more successful.

Outdoor Activities Adapted for Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 6/26/2014 to Dementia Activities
There are great opportunities to enjoy wildlife in the great outdoors with a person with Alzheimer's disease, with little to no cost or preparation.

Dementia and Alzheimer's: Related But Not the Same

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 6/24/2014 to Dementia Education
Understanding the term dementia and how it relates to Alzheimer's or other conditions is an important step to understanding this condition.

Get Your 10 Tips for Keeping People with Dementia Active

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 6/7/2014 to Dementia Activities
According to research, keeping people with dementia active can maintain their abilities and may be as effective, if not more, as medications. How can you keep the person with dementia involved in 'doing things'?

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