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Dementia Activities Are Not Just For Fun

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 2/7/2017 to Dementia Activities
Activities are not just events in the schedule for people with dementia. For them, it is important that we think of activities as all the things we do in daily life, so that we can help people with dementia to stay active and engaged.

Thanksgiving Activity for Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 11/16/2016 to Dementia Activities
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 to Dementia Activities
Try these 3 easy and familiar activities for a near-guaranteed way to connect with the person with dementia.
        

Confusion with Dementia - What is It Like?

Posted by on 10/1/2016 to Communication Tips
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.
    

I Can't Get the Person with Dementia to Understand

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 5/19/2016 to Communication Tips
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.

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

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/5/2016 to Communication Tips
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.

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.

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".

5 Items to Make a Great Visit to 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 intimidating for some people. These 5 items are easy to take along and will make visits more comfortable and enjoyable for all.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Cultivating Joy in Dementia Care Through Activities

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 5/23/2014 to Dementia Activities
"Everyday we must cultivate joy" is the philosophy at this Dementia Care Home in Australia. Watch this amazing video to find how they use activities and more to give the residents purpose and a sense of belonging.

Living with Dementia: What Does the Person "See"?

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/19/2014 to Communication Tips
Pictures are often stronger than words. These pictures from the Alzheimer's Association of what people with dementia see, tells it all.

Getting Communication Right When Working with People with Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 2/13/2014 to Communication Tips
The right communication is so critical when working with people with dementia. Thinking of the errors that happen in the telephone game can help to improve your approach.

Planned Activities with Seniors with Dementia Can Reduce Kids' Fears

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 2/11/2014 to Dementia Activities
Kids making visits to seniors with dementia can be intimidating and scary. But with the right preparation and some activities to bring along, such as games, books, or puzzles, the visit can be very successful.

Music Therapy for Dementia Care

Posted by Administrator on 1/19/2013 to Dementia Activities
Parts of the brain that integrate music and emotional memory are often less affected by dementia. Therefore, music may stimulate in a way that spoken words cannot.

Visiting People with Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 11/16/2012 to Communication Tips
How can you and others have a good visit with the person with dementia?

Offering Choices When Giving Care for Alzheimer's

Posted by Administrator on 11/6/2012 to Communication Tips
On this important election day, we have to make choices. How do choices come in to play for people with Alzheimer's?

Memory Book for People with Dementia

Posted by Administrator on 9/11/2012 to Communication Tips
A memory book can be invaluable for the person with Alzheimer's and the caregivers.

My Mind Doesn't Work with My Mind Correctly - Communicating with Alzheimer's

Posted by Administrator on 5/29/2012 to Communication Tips
A 59 year old with young onset Alzheimer's shares, without words, how his disease has affected his ability to communicate.