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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.

Community Support for Dementia - Now with the Help of MindStart

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 9/20/2016 to Dementia Education
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.

Developing Patience for Alzheimer's Caregiving

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/23/2016 to Daily Living Tips
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.

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.

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.

Thanks to All Caregivers

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

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.

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 Holidays with Dementia Care

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 12/7/2012 to Wellness for Caregivers
The holidays can be a difficult time of year for the person with dementia and for caregivers. Let these MindStart holiday tips help your time together to be smooth and joyful.

Activities for the Person with Dementia - Why is it Important?

Posted by Administrator on 10/30/2012 to Dementia Activities
Tune in to hear MindStart share about MindStart and tips to keep people with dementia active.

Older Driver Safety and Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 9/28/2012 to Wellness for Caregivers
Where do I turn when I am worried about my family member's driving due to 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.

Alzheimer's Caregivers: Mastering Change

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 9/7/2012 to Wellness for Caregivers
In this article, Leeza Gibbons shares her advice for Alzheimer's caregivers to "Breathe, believe, and receive". Three simple words that make a huge difference.