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Throwback Thursday: Reminiscing for Dementia Vol. 3

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 5/12/2016 to Dementia Activities
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 to Dementia Activities
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 to Dementia Activities
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 to Dementia Activities
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 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.

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.

Throwback Thursday - Reminiscing for Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/3/2016 to Dementia Activities
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 to Dementia Activities
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 to Daily Living Tips
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 to Dementia Activities
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 to Dementia Activities

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 to Dementia Activities
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 to Dementia Activities
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 to Dementia Awareness
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 to Daily Living Tips
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 to Daily Living Tips

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 to Dementia Awareness
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 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.
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