Reinforce. Tell them they are doing well, and you are proud of them. This can be done with a touch and soothing words no matter the stage they are in. A great deal of reinforcement is necessary. This can be difficult for an adult child to do with a parent, but without it, loved ones… Continue reading Five R’s and A Big F in Dementia Care
The Cloak of Invisibility is a magical cloak which provides the wearer with complete invisibility. “And the Cloak . . . the true magic of which, of course, is that it can be used to protect and shield others as well as its owner …Harry Potter Most everyone has wished for invisibility at one time or… Continue reading Involuntary Invisibility
Second Wind Dreams has experienced incredible growth in the past year in service to our elders and people with dementia. Our mission is more secure than ever as we continue to find new, innovative ways to meet the needs of eldercare. Our core values remain solid and our commitment to grass roots efforts to make… Continue reading Thanks for the lessons, 2018. 2019, we’re ready.
Or is it? If you are the primary caregiver of someone with dementia, it can be dicey. All year you meet the needs of your loved one. You insure safety, go to doctor appointments, maintain good hygiene, provide nutrition and socialization and that’s a slow day. Then, BAM it’s the holidays and the rest… Continue reading It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
You know that feeling when someone comes up to you unexpectedly with a huge toothy smile on their face and says, “It’s so good to see you.” Then they tilt their head and say, “So how have you been”? Of course, you answer politely and try with all the brain power you can sum up… Continue reading The Holiday Effect
It’s strange how caregiving affects us. After I wrote the blog about Dad moving in with us last fall, I began to feel protective of his feelings and now I have become extra sensitive about ensuring his dignity is preserved no matter the price. As a result, I have found myself to be less than… Continue reading Judgement Day
This story is based on a family I had in counseling. The preparations were underway for our family of 16 to have Thanksgiving Dinner together. It had been years since we were all together and between running to the airport, changing sheets, setting the tables and pulling out family recipes, my Mother kept wandering through… Continue reading Thanksgiving For the Ages