Did You Know Dementia is a Mental Illness?

Words matter and in the same way, diagnostic classification does too.  According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, used by clinicians to diagnose people with mental illness, dementia and the different types of dementia are listed there.  In the latest DSM-5, the term “dementia” is replaced with neurocognitive disorder. Thank goodness for that because the word dementia is derived from a Latin word meaning “mad” or… Continue reading Did You Know Dementia is a Mental Illness?

How Do Other Caregivers Do It?

I don’t know about you but as a primary caregiver of a person with vascular dementia, I find myself thirsty for information about how other people provide care. Sometimes I feel like a bit of a voyeur. Of course I review research, listen to webinars, and have a degree in this stuff but honestly, the personal information… Continue reading How Do Other Caregivers Do It?