Incontinence & Constipation: Managing a Common Private Problem

When you gotta go, you gotta go. But what happens when you don’t know you gotta go? Or when you can’t?

Incontinence and constipation are not, of course, conditions exclusive to people with memory loss. But dementia can increase frequency and certainly makes them trickier to deal with, physically and emotionally.


Tell Me A Story: 5 Times It’s Okay to Lie to Someone with Dementia

Lying is wrong ... right? Not always, say dementia care experts. In fact, so strong is the support for benevolent white lies over harsh honesty when it comes to protecting loved ones’ mental and emotional health that there’s even a term for it: therapeutic fibbing. Yet caregivers can still struggle with the ethics and negative feelings that come with lying to someone who trusts them to care for and love them.


Coordinating a Network of Care

Cheering on our favorite football teams this fall is getting us thinking: Does your loved one have an all-star care team?

To keep your number one fan in optimum health as they progress through the stages of dementia, their care team roster could include friends and family, doctors, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, memory care and other specialists, as well as a care coordinator. Depending on your loved one’s needs, that care coordinator could be a professional, or it could be you.

Creating a Manageable Daily Life Plan: 5 Tips for Busy Caregivers

Each day, you get your parent up, washed and dressed, dentures and hearing aids in, morning meds administered, breakfast served ... if you’ve been caring for a parent with memory loss for any length of time, you probably have the rest of their daily care plan down. But what about their daily life plan? Is your loved one engaged in meaningful activity throughout the day? Do they feel valued and safe? Are they happy?


Polypharmacy: When Quantity Affects Quality

One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small … go ask Alice if she remembers which one is which. Managing multiple medication may take a song or two to remind you which medication you take for which aliment. Polypharmacy is a common problem facing many older adults but managing those medications does not have to be a song and dance.


Finding Their Voice: 7 Tips to Help Children Discuss Memory Loss

When a grandparent starts showing Alzheimer’s symptoms, children may feel scared, angry, anxious, stressed, frustrated ... just like adults but without the benefits of emotional maturity and life experience. Giving each kid a safe, healthy way to express and process their feelings is critical to their emotional health and relationship with their grandparent moving forward.