Twiddle Muffs: A Sensory Tool for People with Dementia

March 16, 2020
Twiddle Muffs Sensory Tool for People with Alzheimer's and Dementia

When Leann Moss was caring for her mother with Alzheimer’s disease, her mother’s hands were often restless, picking at clothing until she rubbed holes in them. Such behavior is common in a person with dementia, and one of the many challenges caregivers face. If only she had known about Twiddle Muffs, Leann said. Twiddle Muffs…

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National Caregiver Day: Express Your Appreciation

February 18, 2020
Show Love on National Caregivers Day

With Valentine’s and Presidents Days tucked away for the year, you might be inclined to think that we’re finished with February holidays, but this is not so! In fact, the best of February holidays—occurring on Friday, February 21—will be celebrated for the remainder of the month, as that date marks National Caregiver Day.  Originated by Providers…

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Do You Trust Me?

December 20, 2019
Daughter Having Serious Conversation with Senior Mother

When Caregivers Have to Make Difficult Decisions for Their Parents When was the last time you were faced with making a tough decision? What do you remember feeling? Were you nervous? Tense? Anxious? What about hesitant? Whether the decision is about a change in career, a long distance move, a financial investment, or grappling with…

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Lowering Expectations: A Formula for Stress-Free Holidays

November 27, 2019
stressed woman sitting on couch in front of Christmas Tree

If you’ve never seen a toddler standing spellbound in front of television commercials during the holiday season, you’ve missed a very important life lesson. When my child was three, she’d turn around to her sister after each ad and shout, “I’m getting THAT for Christmas!”  I quickly learned that it didn’t matter what was being…

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The Importance of Touch

October 29, 2019
Importance of Touch

Have you ever thought about the importance of touch? Author Paula Cocozza states, “The pleasantness [of touch] encourages us to keep touching, nourishes babies and binds adults, and threads wellbeing into the fabric of our being.” We don’t think twice to hug our children when they’re crying, and it’s therapeutic to pet our dogs when…

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Mindful Fall Prevention for All Ages

September 19, 2019
Fall Prevention for All Ages

All of us have fallen at one time or another. My own experiences include more than falling in childhood when learning to walk or ride a bicycle. Remember disco dancing? I cannot begin to describe the mortification I felt sliding across the dance floor when an overly enthusiastic partner lost hold of my hand. Or…

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Communication Tips for a Loved One with Dementia

August 22, 2019
Communicating with person Dementia

Communication—both verbal and nonverbal—is intrinsic to the human experience. Effective communication, however, far from being an innate trait, is a learned skill. Throughout our lifetime, social environments (i.e. parents, teachers, friends, jobs, and other life experiences) shape our understanding of the world and determine the ways in which we express ourselves. These thoughts and patterns…

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5 Ways to Redirect Dementia-Related Behaviors

July 30, 2019
Redirect Dementia Related Behaviors

If your loved one has dementia, you know that caring for this person can include dealing with undesirable and often unpredictable dementia-related behaviors. As an example, a loved one may have been retired for years but becomes very anxious that he is late for work—and this results in his frequently trying to leave home unaccompanied.…

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Millennial Caregivers Among Most Stressed, Study Finds

June 17, 2019
Millenial Caregivers

Many of us – in fact, most of us – will feel the effects of caregiving at some point in our lives, regardless of our background, socioeconomic status or location. We may find ourselves caring for a loved one, or we could end up relying on our loved ones to care for us. Though this…

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Let the Outdoor Fun Begin!

May 28, 2019
Let Outdoor Fun Begin

A caregiver’s days often are harried with fixed responsibilities and countless unanticipated distractions. With so many tasks necessary just to get through a single day, the thought of getting out of the house with a loved one to do something extra—something new, fun and interesting—might seem impossible! After all, outings often involve significant advance planning…

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