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Thanksgiving Activity for Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 11/16/2016
The Thanksgiving holiday can be great inspiration for activities for people with dementia. Check out this "Fill the Plate" activity which can get people engaged in conversation and recalling family traditions.

3 Foolproof Activities for Connecting with the Person with Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 11/3/2016
Try these 3 easy and familiar activities for a near-guaranteed way to connect with the person with dementia.
        

Complex Brain, Complex Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 10/3/2016
The functions of the brain are very complex, therefore, the damage done due to dementia is very complex.

Confusion with Dementia - What is It Like?

Posted by on 10/1/2016
What might the person with dementia be feeling as their world becomes more confused? Consider this poem "Do You See Me?" by guest contributor Sonny Gonzalez.
    

#RememberMe for World Alzheimer's Month 2016

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 9/26/2016
World Alzheimer's Month shares the worldwide statistics and issues of dementia plus helps to spread the word of how to live as well as possible, despite dementia.

Community Support for Dementia - Now with the Help of MindStart

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 9/20/2016
Many caregivers and people with Alzheimer’s do not know where to turn for help and may feel increasingly isolated.  A group of volunteers in Roseville, Minnesota is working to make sure these people receive the resources and support they need  - and now with the added support of MindStart.


Helping Dementia - One Puzzle Piece at a Time

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 7/27/2016
Jigsaw puzzles challenge the mind in many ways and can be a fun and enjoyable activity to do with family or friends. Puzzles that are adapted for dementia, allow the right level of challenge, joy, and success.

Activities for Dementia: Bountiful Gardens

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 7/14/2016
Summer vegetable gardens are in full bloom and offer a great activities for dementia.  Read more for easy ideas you can do today, both for higher and lower levels of dementia.

Honoring Pat Summitt: A Coaching Legend and Winning Alzheimer's Advocate

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 7/5/2016
Pat Summit - one of the most winning coaches in NCAA history - passed away last week from the effects of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Her winning philosophy and work will live on through the foundation she and her son created.

Patriotic Activities for Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 7/1/2016
There are many American patriotic holidays throughout the year, such as the 4th of July and Memorial Day. Patriotic songs and events can be memories that remain and that can be tapped into with the person with dementia. Use these ideas for activities to celebrate and recognize these patriotic holidays.

I Can't Get the Person with Dementia to Understand

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 5/19/2016
Trying to reason with the person with dementia is not effective and can make things even worse. Get helpful information and tips here to handle those difficult situations.

'Love a Tree' Activities for Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 5/16/2016
Today is National Love a Tree Day! What a great way to celebrate trees with the person with dementia, while doing these fun activities.

Throwback Thursday: Reminiscing for Dementia Vol. 3

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 5/12/2016
Try these school day reminiscing activities to tap into the remaining long-term memories of people with dementia.

Making Mother's Day Special for the Mom with Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/29/2016
Honoring the mom who has dementia on Mother's Day can be as simple as a looking at a photo album together to enjoying a nice cup of coffee at the local coffee shop. Get ideas here to make Mother's Day special.

Why are Activities for Dementia So Important?

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/27/2016
Engaging in activities and tasks is so important for the person with dementia - and it can help caregivers, too. Learn the benefits of activity engagement and then access a tipsheet that will help you know what types of activities to try, even as the person's abilities change.

Throwback Thursday - Springtime Reminiscing

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/24/2016
Find some great spring-time related topics to reminisce about with people with Alzheimer's or other form of dementia. Reminiscing activities tap into retained long-term memories and can create moments of joy and comfort.

Developing Patience for Alzheimer's Caregiving

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/23/2016
Finding patience can help all of us to be more present in the moment, less reactionary to the challenges that come up, and less stressed.  It can help the dementia caregiver immensely and have just as much benefit for the person living with the disease.

What Can I Do About This Behavior? - The Difficult Symptoms of Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/5/2016
The term 'behaviors' relates to the difficult symptoms the person with Alzheimer's or other form of dementia can experience such as asking repeated questions, agitation, wandering, and asking to go home.  Understanding that behaviors are a message can help to uncover the trigger causing them and find ways to prevent or lessen them.

Throwback Thursday - Reminiscing for Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/3/2016
This Throwback Thursday is different than others you know - it has specific ideas you can use to reminisce about the old times with the person with dementia!

Surprise Swirl Cake Activity

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 2/19/2016
This swirl cake activity can be adapted for different stages of dementia and has a fun surprise inside!

A Loving Valentine's Day for Those with Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 2/11/2016
The symbols and sentiments of Valentine's day are universal and are likely to be remembered and felt by the person with Alzheimer's disease.

MindStart Activities: So Appropriate for Where Mom's At in Her Life with Dementia

Posted by on 2/6/2016
MindStart activities allow a sense of normalcy and of purpose for the person with Alzheimer's or other form of dementia, as the person successfully uses abilities that still remain.

Celebrate National Puzzle Day

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 1/28/2016

Puzzles are not only fun, they also have many benefits.  The MindStart puzzles are the perfect fit for the person with Alzheimer's, with their simplified and adult images.

Christmas Tree Crafts Made Easy for Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 12/15/2015
Simple, yet adult-oriented Christmas tree crafts, to celebrate the holidays with the person with dementia.

Gift Ideas for the Person with Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 11/30/2015
Games, puzzles, and books can all be great gift ideas to keep the mind of the person with Alzheimer's disease active and engaged, but traditional styles of these items are too difficult for the person.  MindStart offers many adapted alternatives of these items, that can be successfully used and enjoyed by the person with dementia and family members, too.

President Ronald Reagan: His Impact on the Awareness of Alzheimer's Disease

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 11/17/2015
President Ronald Reagan made a big impact in Alzheimer's disease awareness, first when he proclaimed November as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month in 1983, and then again when he publicly revealed his own diagnosis in 1994. The numbers have risen dramatically over the years to 5.4 million Americans today living with Alzheimer's disease or other form of dementia.

There is Help for Early Stage Memory Loss

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 11/5/2015
People living with early stage dementia can become frustrated about their forgetfulness interferes with daily life, such as missed appointments or events.  There is help, however, in the form of strategies that can help to aid memory and organization.

Photo Contest- Staying Active with Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 10/26/2015

Announcing our Photo Contest to celebrate 6 years of MindStart! Share how you help the person with dementia to stay active and you could win $25 credit for MindStart products!

When 'Picking' at Things Becomes an Issue with Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 10/11/2015

I have heard more than one caregiver explain how the person with Alzheimer's in their care is picking at their skin or their hair, to the point of becoming bloody or even getting a bald spot. Covering the affected area can help, but sometimes just plain old "hands-on work" is what will work best.

World Alzheimer's Awareness Day

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 9/21/2015
Every year on September 21st, World Alzheimer's Awareness Day is held to increase awareness and educate. These 4 facts will astonish you.

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

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 8/6/2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/15/2015
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
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
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 Make a Great Visit to the Person with Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/26/2015
Visiting the person with Alzheimer's or other form of dementia can be intimidating for some people. These 5 items are easy to take along and will make visits more comfortable and enjoyable for all.

Easy Therapuetic Art Activity for Alzheimers

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/18/2015
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
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
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.