Emotions Linger Longer

Hello everyone, Last month, DailyCaring.com had a great article by Dr. Elaine Eshbaugh about how the emotions of a person with dementia (whether positive or negative emotions) can remain with the individual long after the situation or event that caused the emotion to occur. For example, if you startle a person with dementia by coming […]

End of the Fall Cycle

Hello everyone, Now that we’ve finished discussing the DICE model for assessing and managing challenging behaviors, we’d like to hear from YOU! Please email us an example of how you and your staff have used DICE to address a challenging behavior of one of your residents. The communities that send us the best examples will […]

Using “DICE” to Assess and Manage Behaviors…Let’s Start with “D”

Hello everyone, Today we are going tackle the first part of DICE, a tool you can use to assess and manage behavior change in people with dementia. DICE stands for: Describe the behavior Investigate the influence of things like cognitive status, environment, caregiver approach, physical/medical disorders, and psychiatric symptoms Create a plan Evaluate if it works (Kales, Gitlin, Lyketsos, 2014, […]

Delayed onset PTSD

Hello everyone, This weekend, as we honor the sacrifices of the thousands of soldiers killed in wars fought on behalf of our country, we are also reminded of the living soldiers who must still deal with the aftermath of battle, many of whom suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. In a review published last […]

Aggression….or something else?

Hello everyone, Aggression is a common behavioral symptom of distress in people with dementia. As you try to determine what may be causing aggression, take note of the context of the aggressive behavior. In some cases, the aggression may actually be resistance to care. For example, is the person trying to hit or scratch a […]

How to Respond to What’s NOT There…

Hello everyone, Many people with dementia (Lewy Body, Parkinson’s dementia and sometimes Alzheimer’s disease & other dementias) experience hallucinations, usually in the middle to later stages of the disease. DailyCaring.com has a great article this week with 10 ways to respond when someone is experiencing dementia hallucinations. We encourage you to follow the link below […]

Breaking Down Language Barriers

Hello everyone, If you’ve ever traveled to a foreign country where you don’t speak the language, you know how difficult it can be to get directions to a museum or order a meal.  Imagine how frightening and depressing it would if everyone around you spoke a different language, but instead of being on vacation, you […]