My heart goes out to all those whose loved one has dementia in this harrowing coronavirus season

I can’t imagine how difficult this season must be for those whose loved one has dementia, whether they are in a care home and you cannot see them, or if you are caring for them at home, with all the additional challenges this pandemic crisis brings on top of what you were already facing. If… Read More My heart goes out to all those whose loved one has dementia in this harrowing coronavirus season

Four Ideas to Create Special Memories with your Loved one Living with Dementia this Christmas

I have jotted some thoughts and ideas below based on my reflections on the last two Christmases with my parents when they had dementia, before they passed away. 1. Adjust expectations The second last Christmas was when they were still at home. It was three years ago so a little distant in my memory, but… Read More Four Ideas to Create Special Memories with your Loved one Living with Dementia this Christmas

Music for Dementia – Free Christmas Carols Designed Specifically for Dementia

What an incredible and generous idea! Spiritual Eldercare Blogger, Elisa Bosley, has been working on a ‘labour of love’ project. She says, “While doing chaplain work, I realized that there were no downloadable singalong hymns for people with dementia anywhere online, let alone for for free – so I decided to create them myself.” The project has… Read More Music for Dementia – Free Christmas Carols Designed Specifically for Dementia

Mental Strategies for You When Your Loved One Lives with Dementia

So how? How do you let it strengthen you instead of define or destroy you? According to Neuroscientist Dr Caroline Leaf – http://www.drleaf.com/blogs – “… it is important to ‘reconceptualize’ negative thoughts. Reconceptualization is seeing things from a different angle, or redesigning a thought … you choose to see a situation or experience differently, and… Read More Mental Strategies for You When Your Loved One Lives with Dementia

Music and Dementia

There has been a lot of research on the benefits of music and how it impacts people suffering from dementia. Dr Maggie Haertsch, CEO of the Arts Health Institute says, “the music awakens a part of the brain not impacted by dementia and evokes responses, such as singing and movement, and brief moments of reconnection… Read More Music and Dementia