February 11, 2020

Worried about getting dementia? Here's what to do 

Do you have a parent with dementia? Have you wondered about your own risk level of developing a dementia? Well I have. What I’ve learned is that there are certain risk factors I can do nothing about and others that I ca...

January 31, 2020

“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.” -Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness has become a very popular and mainstream practice. You may even practice it yourself. In a nutshell, mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where you are a...

January 3, 2020

What is your approach to new year’s resolutions? Some say “This year will be different. I am going to follow through on my resolutions”. While others say, "Never mind! I have been down this new year’s resolution road way too many times and I'm not  setting myself...

December 2, 2019

Our family celebrated many holidays with Mom after her diagnosis of dementia. I recall on one particular Christmas, the morning of December 2016, we had to leave Mom's home because of a unexpected power shortage from a winter storm in her part of town. It was tough and...

November 6, 2019

"Dad accused me of stealing. I feel awful! I'd never take anything from him!"

"Why is Dad upset all the time?... he never was like that before?"

"What's going on with Mom? ...she doesn't want to go anywhere with me? "

You are not alone! Interactions like these are quite c...

October 5, 2019

How to allow risk in dementia care (Originally featured on

Parentification is a term used to define the role reversal that happens when you act as a parent to your own parent. This is often seen in adult children, especially when there is a diagnosis of demen...

September 4, 2019

Mom and Dad have been together for 52 years--the first 50 years they lived a relatively normal married life with their fair share of ups and downs.

In the last 2 years, Dad became the primary caregiver for my Mom with dementia. When his own health started to decline it...

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