Validation was developed in an attempt to understand the emotions that a person with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia is expressing and allow caregivers to respond in a way that encourages the person to express their emotions freely.

People with Alzheimer’s disea...

In general, what a person is thinking on a daily basis can depend greatly on their progression in the disease process. The important thing to remember is not so much what the person is thinking, but rather to make the person feel safe, secure and stimulated.

Even among...

February 18, 2019

When a person has dementia, whole experiences are constantly being lost, which makes it difficult for the brain to get its bearings. The unconscious mind fills in the gaps, swapping in an old memory or coming up with a plausible alternative.

When a person develops any f...

February 4, 2019

Stress is contagious. Observing another person in a stressful situation can be enough to make our own bodies release the stress hormone cortisol. If a caregiver is anxious due to care decisions or work-related stress, they likely bring that anxiety home.

We all live wit...

January 14, 2019

Hearing seniors say “I want to go home” over and over again is something Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers often deal with. It’s especially frustrating to hear when they’re already home.

“I want to go home.” Nearly every dementia caregiver has heard this heartbreaking...

January 7, 2019

Multi-generational living can have serious implications, and there are a number of factors that are often overlooked that must be taken into consideration first.

Decades ago, having grandparents move in with you was fairly common, and it often worked well. It did for my...

For adult children celebrating Father’s Day with dads who have memory loss, it’s important to acknowledge your own memories and honor your feelings.

This Father’s Day, I’ll have fond memories of my dad, as will many caregivers and adult children. The juxtaposition of th...

Many caregivers ask how to respond to siblings who, after being directly and distinctly asked for help, either skirt responsibility with excuses or react nastily to the request.

Unfair as it may seem, even in families of many adult children, one sibling usually becomes...

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