Activity Suggestions from the National Institute on Aging

Hello everyone, The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has some good tips on how adapt activities for people with Alzheimer’s disease so they can enjoy them too. Household chores like baking, doing dishes and folding laundry can provide a sense of familiarity and calm. The article also gives great suggestions that your residents’ family members […]

Happy New Year…And Next Steps

Hello everyone, We hope all of you had a happy and healthy New Year! As we begin a new year, we know that for many of you, our monthly intervention visits will soon be ending. We hope that over the past months we’ve helped you and your staff understand that this is more than a […]

Detecting Delirium

Hello everyone, Dementia and old age are the strongest risk factors for delirium, a condition of acute confusion and rapid changes in brain function. It is important to distinguish delirium from behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, as delirium is a medical emergency that should be addressed immediately by the healthcare team. Delirium typically involves […]

Tips to Manage Sundowning

Hello everyone, “‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…” But perhaps, some your residents are? People with dementia often struggle with restlessness, agitation, irritability or confusion that can begin or worsen in late afternoon and early evening, and can continue into the night. Commonly […]

Avoiding ‘Talking Traps’

Hello everyone, We came across this brief article last week and thought you might like to share it with staff and family members. It offers some simple tips to keep in mind when speaking with someone who has dementia, and includes examples of responses that can help the person feel they are being heard. Click […]

Holiday Gift Ideas

Hello everyone, It can be difficult for family and friends to come up with gift ideas for their loved ones who have dementia. Fortunately, DailyCaring.com has done the work for us! Below is a link to their website with a great list of gift ideas for people at various levels of cognitive ability. Please take […]

Tips for Family & Friends when Visiting

Hello everyone, With the holiday season here, your residents may have more visitors than usual from family and friends. Some visitors may be from out of town and therefore don’t often see their loved ones. If a resident’s level of cognitive impairment has decreased since they last saw them, visitors may feel unsure of what […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello everyone, Thanksgiving Day is almost here! Before we enjoy our fabulous feasts, it’s fun to work up those appetites with some morning exercise on turkey day! How about hosting a “Turkey Trot” at your community? Turkey trots have become very popular as a way to have fun with family and friends, and often raise […]

Person-centered Care Plans

Hello everyone, We have spent much time discussing care plans, and how to make them person-centered so that they can effectively guide care and help caregivers address challenging behaviors of residents. We know that many of you use electronic care plans that provide “pre-made” interventions to click off. This can be helpful, but be sure […]