“I’m noticing a change in Renee.” These were the words from the lips of a capable in-home care partner (Jackie) when she was speaking with one of our dementia coaches about her client’s progress. Her client (Renee) is a wonderful lady, who is in the advanced stage of frontal-temporal dementia (FTD) and was manifesting very … Continue reading It’s ALL in the Approach!
Connection and purpose are pursuits that transcend culture, age, and health. They’re also the lifeblood of The Ambassador of Scarsdale’s vibrant Assisted Living and Memory Care communities. In paving new pathways for residents and their loved ones to engage with each other and their surroundings, The Ambassador is redefining what it means to live with … Continue reading Wedding Bells at The Ambassador of Scarsdale: Love in the Age of Alzheimer’s
Here’s a summary of a typical call we receive: Engaging Alzheimer’s Representative – Hello, this is Engaging Alzheimer’s. How can I help you? Daughter (Olivia) of Person with Dementia – My mom (Mrs. Vince) has dementia and is exhibiting aggressive behavior. I don’t know whether we need to increase her meds or move her to an assisted living. Our … Continue reading You Need “Nancy Drew” On Your Care Team!
One of my colleagues, Peter Thorpe, a professional fireman, recently launched a new product, which is sure to revolutionize safety in the kitchen – particularly for people with memory impairment. His product, Fire Avert, is long overdue and a welcome fix to a nagging problem. Essentially, Fire Avert plugs into your stove’s outlet and then … Continue reading A Breakthrough in Dementia Safety
Paul has a most loving relationship with his wife, Peggy. They have been married since 1957 and over the last six years, he has risen to the occasion in his role as “caregiver” since Peggy has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Among the things he is doing right, he bought a GPS for Peggy and … Continue reading 81 Miles – Alzheimer’s Wandering Crisis
So often I’ll receive a call from clients concerned about a sudden behavioral change in a memory-impaired resident. And, all too often the cause is an introduction of new medication or a change in the dosage of an existing one. Surprisingly, the first interpretation of the behavioral change is that the “dementia has advanced”. Let … Continue reading Investigate – Don’t Panic
Daisy was having a lot of trouble walking. The less she walked, the more anxious she became about having to walk. She suffered from Alzheimer’s disease as well as a lifelong history of anxiety. This anxiety manifested itself physically (as well as emotionally) in that she would sit in her chair and firmly stroke her … Continue reading Because I Can
I entered the living room and Evelyn was sitting in her regular chair. She was usually looking down the hallway, always attentive to see who was milling about. Typically, she greets staff and residents with a huge smile and finishes it off with a slight giggle. She appears to enjoy coming up with creative ways … Continue reading Don’t Push Me Around
My weekly visits to the Convent are where I can usually count on having at least one of the highlights of my week. This Convent is where the retired sisters are living, and about eight months ago I started training the staff and creating a program for the sisters. There is one part of the … Continue reading You really love me, don’t you?
When capturing essential moments, a Chinese proverb says it best: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” The point of the proverb, just because we have lost many significant moments does not mean that we should overlook the ones that present themselves now. I just … Continue reading Give an Inch – Take a Mile!