I love Canada, I love living here, I mostly love everything about this great country. I love being a part of a country who is notorious for saying sorry too many times, for being overly polite and for our awesome sugary and salty foods. What we are not known for: our care for our seniors.Continue Reading Canadian Government and Ministry of Long Term Care: You’re Not Allowing A Decent Quality of Life for Our Residents
Many times, in the late stages of Dementia we see increased responsive behaviours, more anxiety, and confusion; it becomes a very tough time on the individual, but also the person caring for them. We wish nothing more than a moment of relaxation, serenity, and calmness for these individuals; a second where we are able toContinue Reading 10 Activities for Late Stage Dementia
Being caregivers or working alongside people with Dementia; we hear so many different “tips and tricks” from people who have no idea what they are talking about. From rubbing Coconut oil on the forehead to improve memory, to giving them anti-psychotic medication for reducing behaviours. Give them Valium or Trazadone to reduce anxiety and behavioursContinue Reading 5 Items to help with Anxiety in people with Dementia
In Canada, we categorize Alzheimers’ progression in 4 different stages. Early, middle, late and end-of-life stages. I will explain some symptoms for each stage and a little of what to expect. At the end of this article I’ve provided the links for more information on each stage as well as an end of life care guide toContinue Reading Explaining the Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease
There is no clear and obvious answer to this question, although we should keep these two points in mind: We should look into assistance, 1. When the needs of the individual out-weigh the abilities of the caregiver. 2. If the caregivers health deteriorates to the point they are no longer able to provide sufficient care. Continue Reading Is it time to move my loved one in assisted living?
Hoarding is a very popular “behavior” among people who have Dementia. Sometimes we just get frustrated and can’t understand why all of a sudden my Loved One is hoarding. Hoarding can come in many forms whether it’s toilet paper, napkins/tissues, food, sugar packets, condiments; the list goes on. Have we ever stopped to think whyContinue Reading Hoarding: Food for thought
Check out this list of fun 1:1 programs to do with people that have Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Trivia (singers to music actors to movies) Food or drink tasting (different flavoured potato chips or fruit) Baking (recipes with minimal insructions) Glamour shots or photoshoots (put on some fancy clothes and make up) Singing (sing songs theyContinue Reading 25 1:1 programs to do with a person living with Dementia.
Dear Caregiver’s: It’s Okay. It’s okay to feel like you’ve had just about enough. It’s okay to scream into your pillow at 3:00am when Dad has urinated in the plant again. It’s okay to get frustrated after Mom has asked the same question 20 times in 10 minutes. It’s okay to cry when your brotherContinue Reading An open letter to people caring for those that have dementia.
As Activity Directors and Recreation Therapists one of the leading challenges is to think of creative activities for men living with Dementia. Although it can be tough and seem overwhelming at times it can be done – and with great success. Here are 10 different activities that can benefit men living with Dementia. Please keepContinue Reading 10 activities for men living with Dementia
As a Recreation Therapist at an assisted-living facility, as well as having my Grandmother with Dementia live with me for 15 years; I’ve experienced a lot of good, a lot of bad and a lot of ugly. Being so close and so attached to the disease has taught me a lot about how people withContinue Reading 10+ times Dementia taught me something