Embarrassing Things People With Dementia Say

Many people with dementia lose their social filters and no longer understand what is or is not appropriate to say in public.  They do not say embarrassing things intentionally, but have indeed lost the lens they used to live with.  You may have encountered situations like these:

Person with Dementia: (upon hearing someone speaking a different language) “Speak English!” Or use a racial slur to describe them.

I have seen and heard many elders using racial references that were, to say the least, disrespectful. It doesn’t necessarily mean the people are racist, though some are.  Many of our elders grew up in much less diverse communities than we have today.  They have simply lost whatever inhibitions they may have had. So when they see someone of another ethnicity, they blurt out labels that they heard as youths, embarrassing everyone involved. Continue reading

Medication Tips For Seniors – Caregiver Information

medication tips for caregiversDid you know that nearly one-third of the population has difficulty swallowing pills? Most people don’t swallow pills correctly. This often results in gagging, choking and vomiting. And that usually results in people not taking their medications at all, or not taking the recommended dosage, which then results in a need for later additional medical care. Continue reading

Holidays Are a Time To Notice Care Needs

Family gatherings during the holidays are times when you may notice changes and declines in your older relatives.  You haven’t seen them for a while or you haven’t seen them having to interact with lots of other people where they need to keep up with the conversation.  Some families only get together during the holidays and often they begin to notice subtle changes in an older relative that weren’t there the previous year. Continue reading

National Family Caregivers Month

“Each day, courageous individuals step forward to help care for family members in need, their quiet acts of selflessness and sacrifice telling a story of love and devotion. Across our country, parents and children, siblings and spouses, friends and neighbors heroically give of themselves to support those in their lives affected by illness, injury, or disability. During National Family Caregivers Month, we salute the people who play difficult and exhausting roles, and we recommit to lifting up these Americans as they care for their loved ones while protecting their dignity and individuality. Continue reading

Family Caregiver Training

Training courses for family caregivers are well worth taking—they teach essential skills that can help caregivers feel greater confidence and less stress. Boulder County Area Agency on Aging offers two of these courses throughout the year, and both will start a new session in October.

The National Caregiver Training Program is a 21-hour course (meets once a week for 3 hours) that helps family caregivers acquire the skills needed to provide excellent home care for older loved ones.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a 15-hour course (meets once a week for 2 1⁄2 hours) that gives family caregivers “tools” to ensure they take care of themselves while caring for others.