Get in the Lifeboat: An Online Summit for Dementia Caregivers, Nov. 11-22, 2019

By |2019-11-04T10:50:53-08:00November 4th, 2019|Categories: Dementia Education, Events, Resources|

Caring for someone you love with dementia can leave you feeling lost at sea. You're struggling to navigate so much change, riding waves of guilt, grief, sadness, and confusion, drowning in overwhelm, and so often doing it all on your own...but it doesn't have to be this way. Join me for two weeks of informative lectures and presentations given by leading speakers and experts on dementia from across the country! I’ll be a featured speaker [...]

Too much of a good thing: avoiding polypharmacy

By |2019-05-05T11:25:38-07:00April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Dementia Education, Health, Seniors, Tips|

You probably already know that mixing medications without the careful supervision of a healthcare provider can cause serious health problems. Did you know there is a word for this? It’s called “polypharmacy” - and its symptoms are often confused with the conditions being treated, or even normal aging. Because the average older adult takes 4 medications daily, it’s especially important to keep an eye out if you or your loved ones are in this [...]

Answers for Elders Podcast Interview: tips and reflections from Annie on cognitive decline

By |2019-03-15T15:58:24-07:00March 15th, 2019|Categories: Dementia Education, Family, Resources, Tips|

Jacobsen Dementia Care Coaching was recently featured in an interview on Answers for Elders Radio – check it out! These audio segments include reflections on family dynamics as a loved one experiences cognitive decline, as well as useful, practical tips for family members and care partners. For example, language is often one of the earliest areas of decline. One simple way that care partners can compassionately support their loved one is to ask: “When you’re [...]

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 [...]

Dementia. Alzheimer’s. Brain change. What means what?

By |2019-05-05T11:40:53-07:00December 14th, 2018|Categories: Dementia Education, Resources|

Dementia. Alzheimer's. Brain Change. Cognitive Decline.   As I get out to the networking circuit ~ (BNI and LeTip business networking meetings, workshops, educational fairs, etc.) ~ with information on my new business, I learned that I am using in-industry language, as much as I try and be aware and to not do this. I have tended to use the word dementia rather than Alzheimer's very intentionally. And, I am so grateful for an [...]

Hidden gems at your local library

By |2019-05-05T11:41:27-07:00December 5th, 2018|Categories: Fun, Resources, Tips, Wellness|

As the long nights of winter draw nearer, one of my favorite seasonal comforts is curling up with a mug of tea and a fuzzy blanket, and picking up an engrossing novel from the stack of books that I picked up on my latest trip to my local public library. Libraries are a fantastic resource for this reason alone - hours and hours of cozy winter entertainment, all for free with your library card. [...]

Setting a place for dementia at your holiday table

By |2019-05-05T11:41:53-07:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Family, Holidays, Tips|

As we step in to the holidays many of us will be spending time with our various inherited, adopted and chosen families. While there can be much joy during these times, there can also be challenges. Today I want to share some tips for more joy and ease at holiday gatherings, and a few especially for including loved family members with dementia in your upcoming gatherings. First off ~ please remember we are all [...]