Hurting the Ones They Love: Dementia & Caregiver Abuse

Anger, irritability, and pointed criticisms are common among people with dementia, and you may have already learned some tools to cope with dementia-induced outbursts. When their internal anger manifests as mental, emotional, or physical abuse toward you or other family members, however, you’re going to need a bigger toolkit.


Passing the Checkbook: 5 Signs It’s Time to Handle Your Loved One’s Finances

Knowing when – and how – to manage a parent’s finances is a tricky business for many reasons: people with memory loss may resent the implication – regardless of its validity – that they are incapable of handling their affairs; they are embarrassed by or grieving the loss of their independence; they don’t trust someone else with their personal information, perhaps to the point of paranoia; other parties may accuse a family caregiver of taking advantage of

Who Are You? Recognizing Capgras Syndrome

In 1923, a patient of French psychiatrist Jean-Marie Joseph Capgras, Madame M, was convinced her husband, children, neighbors, and even the police had been replaced by look-alike imposters or, as you may have heard them called, changelings. Madame M’s was perhaps not the first documented case of such a phenomenon, but it did give a name to it: Capgras syndrome.

Making Each Word Count – Effective Verbal Cues

Let’s face it: telepathy isn’t one of your many talents. And now your loved one doesn’t even understand you when you say something out loud! So, unless they have a better handle on the ESP thing than you, one of the most practical ways to communicate more effectively with your loved one is to make some simple modifications to your verbal cues.


"Show Me Your Happy Face!" Facial Communication in Dementia Care

Despite what you heard time and again as a child, the answer is no…using facial expressions for an extended period will not make your face freeze that way. But when caring for a loved one with dementia, regular use of deliberate and positive facial expressions can provide concrete reassurance and solidify what you are trying to communicate.