That day, that hour, that moment, our cottage resident was spot on, attuned to every detail, every fact, every nuance of the mission . . .
She had tried everything she could think of, but it made no difference. Extra activities. Added staff. Security cameras . . .
A highly respected and well-loved pharmacist in the town, Mr. Schultz had served his community for many years. After his retirement, however, he and his wife moved into our retirement community because he had developed dementia . . .
Occasional lapses in memory are a normal part of the aging process beginning as early as age 45 and can easily be attributed to stress, anxiety, depression, lack of sleep or other reasons . . .
If a loved one has dementia, there are likely to have changes in their behavior in the later hours of the day—which is commonly referred to as “sundowning" . . .
Nationwide, some 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. When their care falls to a loved one, such as yourself, their actions and behaviors can become challenging, to say the least . . .
While you may not be able to verbally communicate with a loved one due to their dementia, your simple presence may be all that is needed to calm them and let them know they are safe . . .