"Show Me Your Happy Face!" Facial Communication in Dementia Care

Despite what you heard time and again as a child, the answer is no…using facial expressions for an extended period will not make your face freeze that way. But when caring for a loved one with dementia, regular use of deliberate and positive facial expressions can provide concrete reassurance and solidify what you are trying to communicate.


Choice, Voice & Bodily Autonomy in Dementia Care

As dementia interferes more and more with their daily life, people with dementia can become frustrated, angry, or depressed as they feel their sense of identity slipping away.

This can occur when their symptoms prompt major life changes, such as an unwelcome retirement, they stop driving and must rely on others, or they stop participating in social activities or hobbies they enjoy – whether out of necessity, embarrassment, or fear of making mistakes in front of friends.

Marriage & Dementia Care: A Sensitive Coupling

When you promised to stick by your spouse in sickness and in health, becoming their full-time caregiver was probably far from your mind or far in the future. If a dementia diagnosis has brought that vow to the forefront of your relationship, you may be experiencing new strains on your marriage or resentments in your caregiver-recipient relationship.

Pencils Down, Touchscreens Up: Digital Brain Games for Seniors

The importance of keeping our minds engaged as we age cannot be overstated. In fact, Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, President & Medical Director of the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation, recommends at least 20 minutes of brain aerobics, three times a week, to maximize memory and brainpower.

Virtual Caregiving: 5 Tips for Families

Whether you live far away or need to keep your distance from your parent to avoid exposing them to dangerous viruses, virtual caregiving technology makes it possible to connect with them and monitor their safety. And these tools aren’t just for the tech-savvy. Even if you rely on your grandkids to teach you how to make a call on your smartphone, you can provide effective virtual care.