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A caregiver helping an older loved one with dementia during mealtime

Managing a Loved One with Dementia’s Sensory Challenges

Dementia can change a loved one’s ability to experience these five senses, and that can have a huge impact on how they view the world. Their favorite food might not taste the same way. They may be startled by the sound of laughter they used to love. They may draw away from a once familiar touch. As a caregiver, it’s important to recognize these changes, and to help make your loved one’s world a more comfortable, less overwhelming place to be for each of their five senses. 

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By Julie Hayes | 04/15/2022

A couple having a meeting with various family members using a video conferencing platform

How to Hold Family Meetings to Discuss an Older Loved One’s Care

Family meetings can be a valuable tool. Each person can express their thoughts and concerns at the same time. Everyone will hear the same message and come together to support their parent and each other. This will help to reduce misinformation, and make it easier to develop a plan and next steps.

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By Lauri Scharf | 04/15/2022

An older couple planning together with the help of a counselor

Taking ACTION to Manage Dementia Care

Caring for a loved one with dementia can oftentimes go hand-in-hand with challenging situations that may lead us to feel stress and uncertainty about how to manage our loved one’s care. It can become overwhelming, especially for one person, but there are steps we can take to minimize the burden and make progress. Action planning gives us guidance and support to meet our caregiving needs and manage our loved one’s care by breaking down larger goals into small, manageable steps towards solutions to potential challenges.

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By Branka Primetica | 06/06/2019

Recently developed body tremors are a common symptom of Parkinson's

Parkinson’s Disease: Recognizing Your Loved One’s Symptoms and Receiving a Diagnosis

According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, more than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s Disease, and around 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year. Although it is the second most common degenerative neurological disorder after Alzheimer’s, many people are unfamiliar with the signs and symptoms, or confuse them for parts of the natural aging process. If we are caring for an older loved one, it’s important to recognize and understand Parkinson’s so we know when to begin seeking a diagnosis and how to better manage a loved one’s symptoms and care.

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By Julie Hayes | 12/15/2020

Behavioral Interventions: When Caring for Someone with Dementia

Behavioral Interventions: When Caring for Someone with Dementia incorporates the most current research about dementia care, effective practical strategies, and useful resources in identifying causes of common behavioral symptoms and effective interventions.

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By Jennifer Wolfe, Lyndi Winzeler | 03/29/2022