JUST ASK!

JUST ASK! Do you know someone who seems depressed and shows signs of losing hope in this life? If so, please ask this question: “DO YOU WANT TO HURT YOURSELF? “ By doing so, you could potentially SAVE a life. Depression can lead to thoughts of suicide and sometimes, those thoughts lead to action. There Read more…

Suicide—A Silent Turning Point

By Gary LeBlanc Nothing devastates a family like the loss of a loved one through suicide. It is such an uncomprehensible tragedy that it leaves everyone speechless, without ever having any real answers. With senior adult couples the rate of Homicide-Suicide increases 50 percent—higher than younger adults. For those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other Read more…

10 Ways To Avoid Caregiver Burnout

By: Linda Burhans Week after week caregivers come to my support groups feeling so overworked and underappreciated that many times they feel like giving up. Being a family caregiver is a time-consuming and many times exhausting job. The daily emotional and physical demands of the caregiving process often leads to feelings of burnout. The best Read more…

Blooming With Love

By: Linda Burhans I was very surprised when I received a call from Sally a couple weeks ago. She is definitely a southern belle with that beautiful southern accent that gives me a good feeling. Sally attended some of my support groups in Florida about three years ago when she was caring for her mom Read more…

Hope You Dance

By: Dr Cate McCarty – Dementia Coach When you think of dance, what comes to mind? Is it the foxtrot, waltz, tango or salsa? Maybe you think of Zumba or Jazzercise. Or maybe you think of the weekly program, Dancing with the Stars. But did you know that dance is a great brain health strategy? Read more…

Preparing for the Storm with Dementia

By: Gary LeBlanc The state of Florida has truly had its eyes opened on the proper need of dementia training for their special needs shelters after last year’s Hurricane Irma. I have been extremely grateful to take on the task of educating and training Florida’s Heath Department employees on dementia care and awareness, starting with Read more…

Advantages of Pet Therapy with Dementia

By: Gary LeBlanc Many caregivers are searching for natural health remedies these days. One treatment I’ve discovered that takes the edge off the anxiety of those living with dementia is a loveable pet. When I was caring for my dad there were times where he became saturated with confusion. I would simply place our cat Read more…

The Five W’s of Dementia

By: Gary LeBlanc Some of the more orthodox crime detective practices of solving a mystery, trained investigators are taught to always concentrate on asking the five W’s: who, what, when, where and why. As a caregiver for someone living with dementia, you will soon discover that your daily routine involves the constant task of solving Read more…

Alzheimer’s  Communication

Alzheimer’s  Communication Never ARGUE, instead AGREE Never REASON, instead DIVERT Never SHAME, instead DISTRACT Never LECTURE, instead REASSURE Never say “REMEMBER”, instead REMINISCE Never say “I TOLD YOU”, instead REPEAT/REGROUP Never say “YOU CAN’T”, instead do what THEY CAN Never COMMAND/DEMAND, instead ASK/MODEL Never CONDESCEND, instead ENCOURAGE Never FORCE, instead REINFORCE

Coping with Holiday Grief

By Linda Burhans At holiday time, many people are dealing with loss and are often caught in a dilemma between the need to grieve and the pressure to get into the spirit of the season. Holidays or not, it is important for the bereaved to find ways to take care of themselves. The following guidelines Read more…

From One Caregiver to Another

A recent headline stopped me cold: “For those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, burnout is rampant.” The more I publicly share our family’s story, the more caregivers are on my mind. Their role and needs often are overwhelmed by the needs of their loved one. Whether they are caring for a loved one Read more…

The Sounds of Dementia

The Sounds of Dementia One of the prevalent misconceptions that the general public has about dementia is that it only affects one’s memory. This is the furthest thing from the truth. The fact is that dementia can also affects one’s mobility, eyesight, language skills, behavior and the sensitivity to sounds. You may have a loved Read more…

Traveling with Dementia

by Gary LeBlanc I am repeatedly asked for advice on whether or not to take loved ones with dementia on vacation. My answer is always consistent, “It’s always better if they are still in the early stages of the disease. If they are “too far” advanced, the problems you will encounter may be very severe. Read more…

The Caregiver “AAA” Dilemma

By: Linda Burhans Many times we think we’re too selfish and often feel ashamed about it. But the truth is the caregivers get out of the habit of taking care of themselves. Here’s how it works; you find the whole thing almost impossibly hard, yet other caregivers do it without complaining or giving up so Read more…

When Moments Matter

Quick – what would be the first thing you would grab as you ran out the door under a mandatory evacuation? Chances are, you would grab your precious photo albums to preserve those memories that cannot be replaced. Priceless memories are probably all around your home. Locked away in storage containers in your attic and Read more…

9 Tips for Long Distance Caregivers

By: Linda Burhans Caregiving responsibilities can occur without warning, so without proper planning, it can create a crisis situation, particularly if you live far away. On the other hand you may not even realize that your loved ones need help. When you call on the phone, mom will not tell you that she fell last Read more…

Paying Attention to Bedsores

http://commonsensecaregiving.com Common Sense Caregiving Paying Attention to Bedsores View this email in your browser Hi Folks, Enjoy this week’s article and feel free to share it where you believe it may help. I also want to thank all those that came out to Crystal River Health & Rehab for my dementia care seminar. It was Read more…

Kindness

By: Linda Burhans Kindness is a simple answer in a sometimes difficult and challenging world. I know that to be true. For a long time now it has been my mission to acknowledge and appreciate all people and to encourage others to do the same. When my granddaughter Skylar,was young and we’d go out, we Read more…

Dementia and Inappropriate Behavior

Recently at one of my support groups I asked if there were any challenging situations the caregivers were dealing with. Suddenly a woman burst into tears. “I don’t know how to say this.” She cried. “But my wonderful loving uncle who has been so kind to me his entire life, has recently been making sexual Read more…

Symptoms of UTI – Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infections are a common occurence older adults. UTI symptoms can be acute with pain on urination, frequent urination, bladder spasms, abdominal tenderness, fever, chills and pain in the back under the area of the ribs with the kidneys are located. In elderly people, UTIs can also cause other symptoms, such as confusion, hallucinations, Read more…