This is our Thanksgiving. It’s not perfect, but it is precious

When a loved one has dementia, you lose so much. In fact, sometimes, it seems that every day, every encounter is just one loss after another. Visits with mom are best when we are doing something: looking at photo albums, walking around the mall, working in the yard. Sitting around and making conversation doesn’t go … Continue reading This is our Thanksgiving. It’s not perfect, but it is precious

Traveling with Dementia

Many times people assume that once a diagnosis of dementia has been made, traveling is no longer an option. Or, on the other hand some people assume that even though a diagnosis of dementia has been made, the person diagnosed will continue to want to travel in the same manner that they always have. Neither … Continue reading Traveling with Dementia

Helpful Hints for Caregivers During Holiday Gatherings

Here it is, the “most wonderful time of the year”.  For dementia caregivers, it can also be the most STRESSFUL time of the year.  How can caregivers uphold family traditions – big family dinners, holiday parties, caroling with the choir – and keep from upending the routine of their loved one with dementia?  Well, a … Continue reading Helpful Hints for Caregivers During Holiday Gatherings

Holiday Gifting Ideas for Families Coping with Dementia

  The holidays are here again and we always invite people to take the time to carefully consider what types of gifts may be the most appropriate for loved ones with dementia. Here's our handy Gift Giving Guide - organized by stage of dementia - for those of you who haven't seen it in the past. We … Continue reading Holiday Gifting Ideas for Families Coping with Dementia

The Most “WANDER-FULL” Time of the Year!

­The holidays are almost here…is your loved one wearing their MedicAlert + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return jewelry? My name is Kim Franklin and I have been working with the Alzheimer’s Association as our Safety Services Manager for eight years now.  During the holiday season, I usually see an increase in wandering incidents.  At this time … Continue reading The Most “WANDER-FULL” Time of the Year!

Gift Ideas Re-Visited

It's shopping time! Many of us are preparing our homes and our shopping lists for the upcoming holiday season. If you have a person with dementia on your list to buy for, it can be pretty puzzling to figure out what a good gift may be. We posted some ideas last year that we would … Continue reading Gift Ideas Re-Visited

Holiday Tips for Caregivers

For most families, holidays are filled with opportunities for togetherness, sharing, laughter and memories. However, holidays can also be filled with stress, disappointment and sadness. This is especially true for individuals experiencing memory loss or other dementia symptoms and their caregivers. See below for a few tips that may help make the holiday season a … Continue reading Holiday Tips for Caregivers

Traveling for the Holidays

Traveling for the holidays Holidays are a time to spend with family and friends.  This often means traveling to be with other loved ones.  Here are some tips you may want to consider when traveling with a person with dementia. Stick to the familiar.  Consider traveling in ways the person was accustomed to before the … Continue reading Traveling for the Holidays

Gift Ideas for a Person with Dementia

The holidays are a special time of year when many people choose to give gifts to loved ones. If you have a loved one in your life that has dementia, coming up with an appropriate gift idea can sometimes be challenging. There is not a one-size-fits-all gift for people with dementia. Just as when you … Continue reading Gift Ideas for a Person with Dementia