I can’t smell! Is it Covid? Aging? or something more?

One of my favorite childhood memories was the smell of Mom’s cinnamon rolls when I walked into our house after school, knowing there was probably a batch coming out of the oven at that moment. And working in the Flogstad Bakery for a few years had the same effect on me, as well as mostContinue reading “I can’t smell! Is it Covid? Aging? or something more?”

Continue to Communicate

For caregivers of a loved one with dementia, one of the ongoing challenges is communication. As the brain changes due to dementia, so does the ability of the person with dementia to understand what’s said and to express thoughts and needs. One of the struggles for caregivers is finding new ways to talk to theirContinue reading “Continue to Communicate”

Plan to Be Active

For caregivers of someone with dementia, a daily challenge can be helping your loved one to continue to do things they find enjoyable. Since each person is an individual and because dementia affects each person differently, the caregiver that spends the most time with the loved one is best suited to suggest or plan activitiesContinue reading “Plan to Be Active”

Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease

If you’ve identified that your loved one is showing signs of memory loss or from the list of 10 signs of Alzheimer’s Disease that were mentioned in a previous post, it’s time to make an appointment with your loved one’s health care provider and talk with them about the changes you are noticing and haveContinue reading “Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease”

10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

The changes in someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia tend to happen gradually over time. It becomes noticeable that they repeat comments or questions in a 10 minute conversation or forget names of family/friends they’ve known for years. A loved one may not be able to retain new information or they mayContinue reading “10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s”

Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s Disease: What is the Difference?

For many, the language associated with dementia, Alzheimer’s, cognitive decline and other related terms might be confusing. Those of us working in situations that have required continued education in these areas sometimes forget that for the general public, the verbiage we throw around might be just a confusing jumble of letters if a definition isContinue reading “Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s Disease: What is the Difference?”

Alzheimer’s and COVID-19

COVID-19 has been a hot topic of conversation for most of us for many months. It’s no surprise that since vaccines for COVID-19  have become available, it has also become a popular topic of conversation. As caregiver consultants, the questions we are hearing caregivers ask are: “Should my loved one get the vaccine?” and “ShouldContinue reading “Alzheimer’s and COVID-19”