Holiday Tips for Everyone Living with Dementia

In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, we would like to share some tips from our pal Teepa Snow, an expert in Alzheimer's and dementia care. Here are Holiday Tips from Teepa Snow. Whether you are a person with Dementia, a Care Partner or a Visitor, holidays can be stressful. As Teepa says, "until there's a cure, there is care!" Happy … [Read more...]

Notes from a caregiver’s diary… Sometimes you get a wake-up call!

There’s lots of things we ought to do – our “woulda-shoulda-coulda” list. If you’re lucky, you get a wake-up call and realize what’s really important before it’s too late! My wake-up call came on a Wednesday morning at 5:36 am. First, my home phone rang and startled me out of a deep sleep. It took a few seconds to get my bearings and I missed the call. Checking my voice … [Read more...]

Notes from a caregiver’s diary… If the teeth fit, keep them in!

This experience began innocently enough with a trip to the family cottage for Thanksgiving weekend. Plans also included a family dinner at my brother and sister-in-law’s on Sunday, and I was taking my parents up north for a quiet fall weekend at their cottage. We were late leaving the city and stopped for a dinner of wings and fries. Not healthy, but filling and… Len’s … [Read more...]

Notes from a caregiver’s diary… Nice to know that you are not alone!

Well today was our first appointment with a Geriatric Psychiatrist and what an interesting meeting it was. First Len had a chat with the Doctor, then Mary and I were invited to join in the discussion. As we entered the room, the Doctor said to my Dad, “Well Len, now, I’ve heard your side of the story, let’s see if Mary and Karen have anything to add.” My Dad laughed a bit … [Read more...]

Notes from a caregiver’s diary… Who Cares?

Sometimes a light bulb goes off and you miss it! This is the story of a blog, a light bulb, my amazing business partner – Gail and a conversation. Let me begin at the beginning... My Dad, Len had dementia - a syndrome that causes serious loss of cognitive ability beyond that of normal aging. Symptoms of dementia include loss of memory, loss of judgment and reasoning and … [Read more...]