From the Washington Post: “Changing ‘the tragedy narrative’: Why a growing camp is promoting a more joyful approach to Alzheimer’s”

By |2019-02-27T17:00:21-08:00February 27th, 2019|Categories: Dementia Education, Reflections, Resources|

Joy, moments of play, possibilities, connections. These are all words I’m inclined to use when speaking with people about my work in dementia coaching - yet I typically hesitate, with a caution of appearing Pollyanna or overly simplistic. However, once I get to really speaking with people about my enjoyment of the work I do, and why I love working with this population, people see my genuine optimism, my creativity, my hope for better quality [...]

Seeing the person, not the disease, in dementia care

By |2019-02-20T01:15:47-08:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: Dementia Education, Reflections, Workshops|

As the numbers of people facing Alzheimer’s and other dementias continues to rapidly increase, medical and governmental awareness is trying to catch up with demand. Both public and private programs are developed ~ I continue to follow research, trials, innovations and inspirations surrounding all-things-cognitive-change. The need is overwhelming at times, and yet I am confident that we are learning valuable ways to retain the best-possible quality of life and dignity for people living with dementia [...]

February is American Heart Month: Tending to heart health may keep dementia at bay

By |2019-05-05T11:38:23-07:00February 16th, 2019|Categories: Dementia Education, Health, Wellness|

In recognition of American Heart Month, take time to tend to your heart. A recently concluded study spanning 20 years (1987-2017) found that heart health may be linked to lowering the risk for dementia later in life. According to the study, “Middle-aged study participants who had heart disease risks such as high blood pressure, smoking or diabetes when the study began were more at risk for developing dementia later.” You can read more at [...]

Furry friends and their health benefits for dementia

By |2019-05-05T11:39:57-07:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: Health, Wellness|

Imagine a medical treatment that lowers blood pressure and heart rate, reduces cortisol (the stress hormone), boosts levels of serotonin (the feel-good hormone), saves billions in healthcare costs for myriad health conditions, and even improves nutritional intake in patients with dementia. It sounds too good to be true - but these are just some of the benefits offered by pets. Dogs, cats, birds, and even fish can provide these health benefits, in addition to [...]