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Yes, there are solutions to addressing situations and behaviour that care partners and care workers find challenging. In most cases finding a solution involves thinking out of the box, which is wha… Dementia Research, Dementia Care, Alzheimer's And Dementia, Care Worker, Cutlery, Behavior, Activities, Engagement, Love

they took away his cutlery and gave him drumsticks – he loved it!

Yes, there are solutions to addressing situations and behaviour that care partners and care workers find challenging. In most cases finding a solution involves thinking out of the box, which is wha…

This piece of poetic prose called “Music” is from a collection entitled “A Tapestry of Shared Moments In Long-Term Care” by former Registered Nurse Karen Hirst. Long Term Care, Tapestry, In This Moment, Activities, Engagement, Music, Hanging Tapestry, Musica, Musik

music from a tapestry of shared moments in long-term care

This piece of poetic prose called “Music” is from a collection entitled “A Tapestry of Shared Moments In Long-Term Care” by former Registered Nurse Karen Hirst. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A…

Mom was in bed when I arrived on August but she was articulate, alert, responsive, and in good spirits, despite the fact that her speech was slurred just as it had been a few days earlier. August 13, Good Spirits, Singing, Happiness, Joy, Activities, Engagement, Happy, Bonheur

one last sing-along: august 13, 2016

Mom was in bed when I arrived on August 13, but she was articulate, alert, responsive, and in good spirits, despite the fact that her speech was slurred just as it had been a few days earlier. When…

Mom had an irrepressible spirit coupled with an extraordinarily strong will to live. When I was six years old, she came close to death as the result of a pulmonary embolism caused by a miscarriage; Death, Mindfulness, Activities, Engagement, Engagements, Awareness Ribbons

jillian jiggs and a mind of her own: july 27, 2016

Mom had an irrepressible spirit coupled with an extraordinarily strong will to live. When I was six years old, she came close to death as the result of a pulmonary embolism caused by a miscarriage;…

July One month from today, August will be the second anniversary of Mom’s death. I’m looking back at our last weeks together with joy, sadness, anger, gratitude and bittersweet … Second Anniversary, Looking Back, Happiness, Joy, Activities, Engagement, Happy, 2nd Birthday, Two Year Anniversary

“good pleasure” #lastmonthwithmymom 16/07/16

July 17, 2018: One month from today, August 17, 2018, will be the second anniversary of Mom’s death. I’m looking back at our last weeks together with joy, sadness, anger, gratitude and bittersweet …

I love to share positive stories about stuff that works to inspire others to create positive change in care environments. This one is from LPN and aging life care specialist Teresa Wheeler who shar… Positive Stories, Life Care, Inspire Others, Dementia, Year Old, Activities, Engagement, One Year Old, Age

how teresa and her staff helped 90-year-old audrey walk again

I love to share positive stories about stuff that works to inspire others to create positive change in care environments. This one is from LPN and aging life care specialist Teresa Wheeler who shar…

Mom could. Mom could spell “Christmas” even in the “later stage” of Alzheimer disease. She could spell and sing and experience joy and happiness as well as any of the rest o… Joy And Happiness, Spelling, Activities, Canning, Engagement, Mom, Christmas, Xmas, Home Canning

can you spell christmas?

Mom could. Mom could spell “Christmas” even in the “later stage” of Alzheimer disease. She could spell and sing and experience joy and happiness as well as any of the rest o…

Admittedly there are people out there who insist on wallowing in misery, and seeing the glass half empty instead of half full. Trick Questions, Would You Rather, Feeling Sad, Activities, Engagement, This Or That Questions, People, Feeling Down, Engagements

no, it’s not a trick question, and the proof is in the video

Admittedly there are people out there who insist on wallowing in misery, and seeing the glass half empty instead of half full. They whine and bitch and complain about everything all the time. Are y…

Despite of its growing popularity globally, hospice care still continues to be underused in USA. To find out why American’s are not availing hospice care visit the link. Care Agency, Respect Life, Aging In Place, Attitude Of Gratitude, End Of Life, Elderly Care, How To Stay Healthy, First Love, How To Find Out

20 questions to ask yourself if you’re wondering whether or not you should visit someone who lives with dementia

This week a new subscriber sent me an email, which said in part: “My mother has dementia, and I went to see her a year ago. She got violent with me and verbally abusive. I took it personally …

tiptoe through the tulips with tiny tim and mom Red Roses, Tulips, Engagement, Mom, Plants, Activities, Invite, Board, Tulip

tiptoe through the tulips with tiny tim and mom

Flashback December 22, 2014: This video includes 1) a little bit of Tiny Tim (Tiptoe through the Tulips), 2) a duet “When You Wore a Tulip,” and 3) some Roses are Red poetry in which Mo…

we ain’t misbehavin’, we’re savin’ all our love for… Our Love, The Past, Activities, Engagement, Mom, Engagements, Mothers

we ain’t misbehavin’, we’re savin’ all our love for…

December 1, 2014: Once each week for the past year, Mom, Eric and I have met and made music together. It’s always magical in some way. Sometimes we play piano at The Home, like I share…

Things were going along swimmingly at the Alzheimer’s cafe: Mom had buttered the toast and was reading the sticky notes that sat on the kitchen counter by the fridge. Bottle Washer, Mom, Activities, Engagement, Engagements, Mothers

another day at the alzheimer cafe

Things were going along swimmingly at the Alzheimer’s cafe: Mom had buttered the toast and was reading the sticky notes that sat on the kitchen counter by the fridge. I was filling our plates…

Don’t be fooled into thinking my mom’s expressionless face in this video is the result of dementia. It’s one of the side effects of the antipsychotics she was inap… Amazing Grace, Dementia, Happiness, Joy, Activities, Engagement, Bonheur, Engagements, Being Happy

not a willy or a sam but amazing grace

Don’t be fooled into thinking my mom’s expressionless face in this video is the result of dementia. It’s not. It’s one of the side effects of the antipsychotics she was inap…

5 things I never knew until I sang with my alzheimer mom Alzheimer's And Dementia, Playing Piano, I Care, Alzheimers, Caregiver, 5 Things, Never, Singing, Mom

5 things I never knew until I sang with my alzheimer mom

I learned and relearned a lifetime of lessons during the ten years I cared for my mom who lived with Alzheimer disease. She died on August 17, 2016. I was there; it was a blessing. She was an amazi…

, Mom is still asleep. She’s been dead to the world for the last three hours–sedated by the antipsychotics she shouldn’t be… Violin, Musicals, Music Instruments, Activities, Engagement, Gifts, Favors, Engagements, Presents

a magical musical alzheimer gift

June 2, 2014: When Eric arrives at my place at 1:30 p.m., Mom is still asleep. She’s been dead to the world for the last three hours–sedated by the antipsychotics she shouldn’t be…

two hearts, three tunes, some tears and a half-moon table Half Moon Table, Two Hearts, Activities, Engagement, Engagements

two hearts, three tunes, some tears and a half-moon table

May 25, 2014: Mom reaches across the half-moon table and grabs a grapefruit (and my heart along with it as I watch video clips of her 2012 after-dinner antics). I start to cry. It’s not the …