Dimensions of Dementia

Positive Studies Offer Limited Hope

Dimensions of Dementia

My first Dimensions of Dementia column appeared in April 2016. Since then I’ve written monthly on numerous subjects including types of dementia, dementia-care experts, facilities and research. I thought about possible subjects for this month’s column, which is to be my last. It will be my last, not because I’ve lost my interest in advocacy for dementia caregivers and care […]

Finding Your Life After Caregiving

Dimensions of Dementia

If you’ve had a long caregiving journey as I did, when your spouse or family member dies you may wonder what happened to your life, the one you had before caregiving became your life. It may seem impossible to find that old life. You may have dropped out of activities you enjoyed. Your friends may have abandoned you. How do […]

Humor for Memory and Health

Dimensions of Dementia

Perhaps you read the story, as I did recently, of a comedian breathing new life into a fading Alzheimer’s patient. The article, in the June 2018 issue of the AARP Bulletin is by a daughter, who tells of her mother changing for the worst a year after moving into a senior residence far from her home. “I’d show up and […]

Choosing the Right Facility

Dimensions of Dementia

One decision that almost always faces caregivers is when and where to place a loved one with dementia when the person’s care becomes overwhelming. In my experience, the dementia care receiver’s decline is often slow so there is time to check out the various facilities that offer memory care. On the other hand, several caregivers I’ve known have quickly had […]

Dementia Losses Cause Grief

Dimensions of Dementia

Many of us have experienced grief in our lives, perhaps first as a young child when a treasured pet died or a beloved grandparent. Later we may mourn the death of a parent, a child, a friend. Or we may have grieved over the loss of a job, an unexpected move or retirement. Grieving itself is a normal and natural […]

Tips to Reduce Wandering

Dimensions of Dementia

If you are a caregiver for someone with dementia you probably recognize when your care receiver is hungry, tired, or thirsty. You may recognize other signs reminding you of his or her needs. However, it is not so easy to anticipate that your loved one is likely to wander, perhaps because he or she is restless, anxious, or confused. You […]

New Program to help Alzheimer’s, Dementia Caregivers

Information is the most powerful tool. That rings especially true for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, many of whom lack formal training. Naples Senior Center at JFCS is dedicated to filling that knowledge gap through a new series of Caregiver Boot Camps provided at no charge through a Southwest Florida Community Foundation grant. The workshops will provide […]

How to Prevent Falls

Dimensions of Dementia

Maybe you know someone who has fallen recently or have done so yourself. Falling can have minor consequences but other times, tragic ones. According to Step Smart Collier, a program endorsed by the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department, one out of three older adults fall each year and fifty percent of those who are injured from a fall die within […]

Love’s Role in Caregiving


Being a caregiver for someone with dementia is tough and exhausting. Why do we do it? Why did I and why do you accept this difficult assignment? As a song goes, “I did it for love.” Yes, I really loved my mom and my husband, both now deceased, and wanted to be there for them. In mom’s case I consulted […]

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