Pay Attention to Apathy

Hello everyone, “The squeaky wheel gets the oil” is a well-known proverb. In terms of challenging behaviors, the man running down the hall naked or the woman crying loudly at lunch generally get our attention more quickly than the quiet lady in room 101 who likes to keep to herself and “isn’t any trouble.” In […]

The Power of Positivity

Hello everyone, This week, we invite you to read an article written by one of our colleagues, Nina Flanagan, PhD, GNP-BC, APMH-BC. It recently appeared on the website, caringfortheages.com. The article is about the Power of Positivity—something it helps to be reminded of during stressful days at work! Take a look and try some of the simple suggestions […]

Are Your Halls Dull?

Hello everyone, This week, we’d like you to think about the environment in your facility and how it may influence behavior and/or encourage or discourage physical activity among your residents. Remember, if we can help residents stay engaged in pleasant ways, then they may be less likely to become anxious, depressed or agitated. They may also […]

It’s Funny, Because It’s True!

Hello everyone, This week we thought you’d like this for a chuckle. To quote Sheldon Cooper from the television show, The Big Bang Theory, “It’s funny… because it’s true.” Growing up is a weird notion to wrap your mind around. As you go through life, your perspectives on almost everything will change. How you define success […]

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 […]