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your name is a queen (elizabeth shares a lesson on labelling) Your Name, Queen Elizabeth, Things That Bounce, Dementia Care, Happiness, Joy, Bonheur, Being Happy, Being Happy

your name is a queen (elizabeth shares a lesson on labelling)

Let it go (it doesn’t matter if they know you or not) is one of MyAlzheimersstory.com’s most shared pieces. When I posted it on Facebook in January 2020, long-time follower Elizabeth Dunbar shared …

6 amazing christmas gifts you could give people living with dementia all year long Anxiety And Anger, Living With Dementia, Understanding People, Gift Of Time, Be With Someone, Do Anything, Christmas Gifts, Amazing, Happiness

6 priceless gifts you could give people living with dementia (and everyone else for that matter!)

These gifts are inexpensive (they don’t cost dollars and cents, so everyone can afford them), and yet priceless (because of the fact they can’t be bought, and must be given from the heart). Even be…

Care partner Catherine Bixenman-salesi knows how to laugh (as well as cry) in the face of the day-to-day ups and downs of living with her mom who lives with dementia. Here’s a short chuckle Catheri… Bring It To Me, Lie To Me, Dementia Care, One Of Those Days, To My Mother, Shit Happens, Alzheimers, Fun, Happiness

care partner humour: milkin’ it!

Care partner Catherine Bixenman-salesi knows how to laugh (as well as cry) in the face of the day-to-day ups and downs of living with her mom who lives with dementia. Here’s a short chuckle Catheri…

puppies & people living with dementia: it’s not rocket science (p.: forget the pillows — leave them with the real thing! Living With Dementia, Kittens, Forget, Happiness, Joy, Science, Puppies, Pillows, People

puppies & people living with dementia: it’s not rocket science (p.s.: forget the pillows — leave them with the real thing!)

We know what works — this little visit with puppies got 13 million views in five days on Facebook. So why the hell don’t we just do it? Why don’t we have puppies and kittens and p…

bj and her mom gloria look for blessings A Decade, Blessings, Blessed, Happiness, Joy, Sayings, Inspiration, Biblical Inspiration, Bonheur

bj and her mom gloria look for blessings

November 21, 2018: Gloria Gallagher has lived with Alzheimer’s disease for more than a decade. She’s paralyzed from the neck down, and so she cannot move her arms or legs. She can’…

a real-life example of what great dementia care is: loving, engaging, respectful, meaningful and joyful for everyone involved Elderly Person, Dementia Care, Forms Of Communication, Physical Change, Putting On Makeup, Elderly Care, Personal Hygiene, Medical History, Care Plans

a real-life example of what great dementia care is: loving, engaging, respectful, meaningful and joyful for everyone involved

It can be done, and it is being done right now in various places around the world including in Canada. We can use this life-changing model (and others that produce the same kind of results) to tran…

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…

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 …

The Georgeville Neighbours’ Lunch was held (probably still is) the third Thursday of every month starting in late fall and running through to early spring. Mom usually went with her lo… Early Spring, Thursday, Third, Irish, Happiness, Joy, Beginning Of Spring, Start Of Spring, Irish People

mom’s 2012 irish medley

The Georgeville Neighbours’ Lunch was held (probably still is) the third Thursday of every month starting in late fall and running through to early spring. Mom usually went with her lo…

olivia singing to her great grandmother creates a beautiful moment of love and connection Human Condition, Beautiful Moments, Bond, Connection, Singing, Happiness, Faith, In This Moment, Create

olivia singing to her great grandmother creates a beautiful moment of love and connection

Many things about the human condition are universal. Our ability to connect through music is one of them. Music is a powerful way to forge and strengthen bonds between people of all ages, faiths, r…

January I celebrated 60 birthdays with my mom — sixty-one including the actual day I was born, on which my father sent the telegram above to my maternal grandmother. Just For Fun, My Father, Happiness, Joy, Happy, Bonheur, Being Happy, Being Happy

born again, just for fun

January 28, 2018: I celebrated 60 birthdays with my mom — sixty-one including the actual day I was born, on which my father sent the telegram above to my maternal grandmother. Since Mom’…

you are my sunshine: proof of the power of music The Power Of Music, The Power Of Love, You Are My Sunshine, Challenges, Happiness, Joy, Children, Happy, Young Children

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What an absolutely wonderful demonstration of the power of love and music to connect with someone who experiences challenges with respect to expressing themselves using language, or at least the la…

baby buddy: you get peed on, you get puked on, who wouldn’t want to do it? Helping Others, Happiness, Joy, Activities, Feelings, Happy, Life, Bonheur, Being Happy

baby buddy: you get peed on, you get puked on, who wouldn’t want to do it?

Mom ADORED babies. This would have been the perfect “activity” to help her feel joyful, give meaning to her life and help others at the same time while she lived in the early and mid …

one little kitty’s top dementia care tip Signs Of Dementia, Dementia Care, Love Your Parents, Understanding Dementia, Little Kitty, Elderly Care, Personal Hygiene, Strong Body, Colorful Drawings

one little kitty’s top dementia care tip

Mom adored her little cat Pia Roma, who was named for a trip Mom and I took to Rome in the early 2000s. When Mom was placed in ElderJail, I gave Pia to the friend of a friend to care for. She hid …

Care partners often trade amusing stories of the zany adventures they have with their care partners who live with dementia. Not to laugh at them, but to laugh at the funny side of living what is of… Living With Dementia, The Funny, Happiness, Joy, Adventure, Bonheur, Being Happy, Being Happy, Happy

for the want of a key: #alz LOL

Care partners often trade amusing stories of the zany adventures they have with their care partners who live with dementia. Not to laugh at them, but to laugh at the funny side of living what is of…

Enough is enough already. Here’s the thing: you may or may not be able to avoid getting Alzheimer disease or some other form of dementia by living as well and as healthy as you can. Forms Of Dementia, Warning Signs, Alzheimers, Enough Is Enough, I Know, Happiness, Joy, Bonheur, Being Happy

everyone i know and love is “doomed,” including me

Enough is enough already. Here’s the thing: you may or may not be able to avoid getting Alzheimer disease or some other form of dementia by living as well and as healthy as you can. Yes, do a…