Mindfulness, Meditation and Dementia

Mindfulness and meditation are two effective techniques for reducing stress associated with caring for a loved-one with dementia. Although each of these are shown to be effective stress-reducing activities, UCLA researchers found even greater health benefits to caregivers when these two skills are combined. Various studies indicate that practicing mindful meditation improves both emotional and…

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Different Dementias – Do You Need to Know?

Can you have dementia and not have Alzheimer’s? The answer is “Yes.” Although Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form, there are other types of dementia, too. Lewy Body Dementia, Vascular Cognitive Impairment (VCI), Frontotemporal Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease Dementia are all types of irreversible dementias. Dementia is used to describe a group of…

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DIRM: An Effective Technique for Coping with Daily Challenges of Dementia

Using the principles of DIRM can greatly minimize or even prevent many of the upsets and frustrations that caregiver’s encounter each and every day. Very simply, DIRM is an acronym for “Does It Really Matter?” And, if one takes the time to ask this essential question, before reacting or responding, they find the answer is…

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Living with Dementia: Is it Still Safe to Travel?

Vacations are supposed to be fun. However, if you are traveling with someone with dementia, it can be a very stressful time and sometimes even dangerous. Many family caregivers talk about wanting to travel “while we still can.” Then, they plan when and where to go. But families should first ask this most important question.…

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Compassionate Communication – Learning a Language of Dignity

When someone has dementia, their language skills are impaired, making communication challenging for everyone concerned. In order to help them maintain their dignity and minimize stress, it is essential that caregivers learn to speak differently than they always did in the past. It is truly like learning a new language. Good communication skills and guidelines…

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