What Can You Do to Make Your Senior’s Home Safer if She Has Dementia?

Your senior’s home needs to be as safe as possible no matter what, but if she has dementia, those safety needs might look a little bit different. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Periodically Check the House Safety walkthroughs are an important thing to do in your senior’s home no matter what. They can help you to spot damage that needs to be repaired or anything that might need to be adjusted or corrected to help your senior be safer. ... Read more

What Family Caregivers Can Do to Keep Seniors with Dementia Safer

Among the most difficult parts of being a family caregiver to an older adult with dementia is the way the disease changes the way they act. It can cause them to make poor decisions that could lead to injuries or even death. They may also engage in challenging behaviors, like wandering, that make them wander away from home where they could get lost or die from exposure to the cold. As a result, one of the chief concerns of many family caregivers ... Read more

5 Tips for Getting Seniors with Dementia to Take Medications

One of the challenges you may face as a caregiver to an older adult with dementia is getting them to take their medication. They may refuse because they are confused or because they are afraid. They might also feel like they have little control over their lives and refusing to take medicine is one way of regaining some control. Knowing these 5 tips could help you to overcome the challenge and get your aging relative to take their medicine with less fuss. #1: ... Read more

Why Does Your Parent with Dementia Tell You They Want to Go Home?

Having a loved one with dementia comes with many challenges. People with dementia often exhibit behavioral changes that are disturbing and difficult to manage. One common behavior is asking caregivers to take them home or saying that they want to go home repeatedly when they are at home. Understanding the behavior and how to respond to it can make the behavior a little less challenging. The Reasons Behind the Behavior First, it’s important to know that “home” may mean different things. They ... Read more

Dealing with Challenging Behaviors as a Caregiver for a Senior with Dementia

If your senior has been diagnosed with dementia, you may have also started to see some challenging behaviors cropping up. These types of behaviors can be jarring for you as your aging adult's caregiver because they're usually not in line with what you know about your family member's personality. You Can't Control Your Aging Adult's Behavior Your elderly family member's behavior is not something that you can control. What you can control is how you react to the behavior, how you manage ... Read more