Part 2: How to Respond When a Person with Dementia Asks if Someone Has Died

What should you do when your loved one with dementia believes someone who has been dead for years is still alive? When they ask about them, what do you say? When they think they see them, should you tell them the person isn't … [Read more...]

Part 1: The Infinite Mind — Communicating Creatively with Dementia Patients with Katya De Luisa

“We never lose those we love, whether through dementia or death. They are a part of us.” – Katya De Luisa Katya De Luisa is a dementia educator, caregiver coach, and author of "Journey through the Infinite Mind--the Science and … [Read more...]

Nearly 100,000 Dementia Cases Potentially Could Have Been Prevented with Better Eye Care

Q. A friend told me that vision loss is a risk factor for dementia, but that treating it can help lessen the risk. My mom never wears her glasses and may need cataract surgery but refuses to get her eyes checked. Her family has a … [Read more...]

How Do I to Handle Aggression and Agitation in Dementia without Medication?

Q. My husband, Billy, 72, was diagnosed with dementia a few years ago. He has become combative recently and has become verbally and physically abusive, which is so unlike him. I’m not accustomed to this behavior from my typically … [Read more...]

Robin Williams Would Have Been 70 This Year — What We Now Know About His Lewy Body Dementia

On July 21, 2021, comedian and actor Robin Williams would have turned 70. Seven years prior, he suffered from an undiagnosed neurodegenerative disease, later determined to be Lewy Body Dementia, which led him to take his own … [Read more...]

Are Dementia and Dizziness Related?

  Joe, who is 56, has experienced dizziness for a few months now, typically when he gets out of bed in the morning. His dizziness has gotten worse lately. He fell a few times and nearly got into a car accident last week. … [Read more...]

Is Declining Financial Literacy an Indicator of Impending Dementia?

People with dementia often have problems managing their money. In fact, money problems may be one of the first noticeable signs of the disease. A few years ago, Angie O’Leary, head of wealth services at RBC financial, noticed … [Read more...]

How to Meaningfully Reconnect with Someone Who Has Dementia

Thirty years ago, Dr. Anne Basting, a gerontologist and a professor, had an experience that would change her life forever. Dr. Basting, who currently teaches theater at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was researching aging … [Read more...]

Does a Loved One Have Undiagnosed Dementia?

For the past five years, Barry has been going for his regular yearly checkups at his primary care doctor’s office. Two years ago, he began complaining about memory lapses. He would forget names and sometimes faces, and he’d often … [Read more...]

Loving Someone with Dementia

Q. Valentine’s Day has always been special for my husband, Charlie, and I. It’s our wedding anniversary and we used to go all out every year celebrating it. Charlie wasn’t much of a romantic until he met me. He’s learned over the … [Read more...]

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