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Making Each Word Count – Effective Verbal Cues

Let’s face it: telepathy isn’t one of your many talents. And now your loved one doesn’t even understand you when you say something out loud! So, unless they have a better handle on the ESP thing than you, one of the most practical ways to communicate more effectively with your loved one is to make some simple modifications to your verbal cues.

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"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.

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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.