Entries by Laurie and Beth White and Spencer

13 ways to enjoy the holidays with your relative with memory loss

Holidays bring families together to share and observe cherished traditions. But for a relative with memory loss, the holidays can be challenging—especially as we move into our second pandemic holiday season. These thirteen suggestions can help you plan holiday celebrations that include your loved one with memory loss:  Recognize that holidays are not the same […]

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Helping someone with dementia recognize and interact with you

During the COVID pandemic, recognizing a friend, co-worker, or neighbor wearing a mask has been challenging.  While a person’s eyes give us some clues to the person’s identity, it often isn’t enough. We don’t have the benefit of seeing a person’s mouth and facial expressions. And masks often muffle our voices, making it harder to […]

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Caregiver tips for sheltering in place

Like many of you we have been ordered to “shelter in place” (Beth in Michigan, Laurie in California) to help curb or eradicate the COVID-19 virus. Although it is an inconvenience, we cannot help but think of all the caregivers for relatives with dementia. Adult Day Centers are closed. Some family members are working from […]

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How to get your relative to accept help—so you can take a break

Caregivers need breaks. Respite care can happen many different ways. You might get a break by hiring a home care worker. Perhaps other family members can step up and rotate time with your relative. Taking advantage of adult day programs or temporary stays in a residential setting is another possibility. All of these possibilities rest […]