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  • Therapeutic Fibbing: Why It's Not Bad for People Living with Dementia

    Honesty is not always the best policy when it comes to someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia.

    That’s because their brain may experience a different version of reality. Dementia damages the brain and causes progressive decline in the ability to understand and process information.

    That’s why forcing someone to abandon their version of reality and join our “real world” can cause confusion, pain, anxiety, fear, and anger.

    So, dementia care experts often recommend a technique called therapeutic fibbing. It helps you step into their current reality and spare them unnecessary upset and distress.

    This technique takes some getting used to because going along with your older adult’s new reality can feel like you’re lying to them.

    But using white lies to validate their feelings and reassure them is certainly notthe same as lying for a malicious reason.

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  • When is it Time to Stop Driving?

    People with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia disorders lose the ability to drive safely. Learn how and when to help someone stop driving.

    Safe driving requires attention, concentration, and the ability to follow particular steps and rules. You also need to be able to make quick and appropriate decisions. For people with Alzheimer's disease or other disorders causing dementia, these skills will decline over time. Eventually, driving will not be an option.

    The decision to stop driving may be difficult for the person with dementia, caregivers and family members. If you care for someone with dementia, consider these strategies to prioritize safety and ease the transition.

    Starting the conversation

    A person with dementia may perceive giving up driving as a loss of independence, and deciding not to drive means accepting that one's abilities

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  • Some Helpful Ideas to Redirect a Person with Dementia
    For anyone actively in the role of 'caregiver' for a person who is living with Dementia, it can be an incredibly stressful relationship to navigate. Losing the context of a conversation, or becoming hyper-focused are both possibilities. We all now know, hopefully, that confronting out loved one or client is never the solution. It may actually inflame the exchange to an irreparable  place. The art of 'Redirection' is a skill we all can practice, and we're hopeful these tips make your interactions easier. 

    Ten Quick Tips for Redirection

    Tip One – Stay Calm

    When behavior is difficult, stay calm and confident. Breathing deeply can help you maintain your cool rather than getting excited and shout about the behavior. Individuals with dementia react to emotion, so if you are agitated or upset by behavior that will increase their

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  • Flu Prevention Tips for Seniors and Caregivers

    The cold and flu season is upon us again. Unfortunately, seniors and caregivers are two of the most likely groups of people to get sick. Older adults have weaker immune systems and so do most caregivers (due to lack of sleep and chronic stress). And because you spend a lot of time together, you’re more likely to pass germs back and forth.

    Even so, there’s still a lot that you can do to reduce the chances that you or your older adult will get sick and to reduce the length or severity of an illness. Basically, the goal is to boost the immune system and reduce exposure to germs. Here’s 10 tips for avoiding the flu and in case you or your older adult gets sick.

    10 cold and flu prevention tips reduce risk for seniors and caregivers

    1. Get the flu vaccine

    Getting a flu shot reduces the risk of getting the flu. It also reduces the severity

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  • New Year's Resolutions for Seniors
    New Year - New Start! 
    1. Exercise for 10 minutes every day
    Staying physically active is key to healthy aging. That doesn't mean you have to spend all of your free time exercising, but you should certainly dedicate a portion of your day to fitness. If you're just getting started, Harvard Health Publications recommended committing 10 minutes of your day to exercise, with a gradual increase as it becomes a habit. Eventually, you should be able to dedicate the recommended amount of 150 minutes of aerobic activity per week.


    2. Explore new volunteer opportunities
    Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, but it also benefits your own health. According to Helpguide, it provides a sense of accomplishment, increases self confidence and brings fulfillment to life. It also connects you with like-minded individuals, which is great

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