New Training Programs Offered!

I am pleased to announce that I have developed two new training programs that I am introducing this summer. In addition to Understanding Dementia, Facilitation of Teepa Snow’s GEMS, and Dementia at Work, I now will offer, Engage with Dementia, and Young Ambassadors: Dementia Training for School Age Children. Below is a rundown of eachContinue reading “New Training Programs Offered!”

Simple Joys

As family and friends of someone with dementia sometimes the simplest of actions bring the greatest amount of joy. All of the programs and certifications regarding dementia serve a purpose and are greatly needed, but what is also needed is human interaction, time spent with another person. When my grandmother was in the mid-stages ofContinue reading “Simple Joys”

TimeSlips: More than Storytelling

By now you have read two TimeSlips stories, but I have mentioned little about what it is and how it is used. TimeSlips, as described by their website, states, “TimeSlips offers an elegantly simple revolution in elder care by infusing creativity into care relationships and systems…TimeSlips provides hope and improves well-being through creativity and meaningfulContinue reading “TimeSlips: More than Storytelling”

Sunday’s Story – EAA

A TimeSlips Story shared with permission.       EAA EAA many years ago Allie Margaret and her pet monkey Almond attended EAA. She was scheduled to fly on the wings of the plane during the air show. Her plane was navy and gray, her hat purple. We think she was crazy and very braveContinue reading “Sunday’s Story – EAA”

The Both/And of Caregiving

To be a successful dementia caregiver we must live in the Both/And. The Both/And of both seeing the person who was, and seeing who the person is now. We cannot make them live fully in the present and we cannot make them become who they were before dementia, and so it becomes a Both/And. ToContinue reading “The Both/And of Caregiving”

A Poem by Norman

In preparation for tomorrow’s Lewy Body post, I want to share with you a poem that was written by Norman McNamara who what diagnosed with Lewy Body (Bodies) Dementia at age 50. He is, in addition to the founder of the Purple Angel program, the author of the book, The Lewy Body Soldier.  Please do notContinue reading “A Poem by Norman”

Purple Angels at Work

I am currently back in Wisconsin, and this weekend while making a trip to Piggly Wiggly, I stood in the checkout line behind a man with dementia. As he was getting ready to pay for his watermelon and pineapple, he struggled to make the correct change and with a tone of embarrassment in his voice, Continue reading “Purple Angels at Work”

Sunday’s Story-A Sunny Day, History of a Man, Man is Not Alone

A TimeSlips story shared with permission.   A Sunny Day, History of a Man, Man is Not Alone. Zero Henry Amos, is going for a walk through the gardens to church, then to the bank to deposit money. He is coming from a nursing home/home out in the county. It is a beautiful, sunny, brightContinue reading “Sunday’s Story-A Sunny Day, History of a Man, Man is Not Alone”

Our Definition

To begin, we define. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Dementia isn’t a specific disease. Instead, dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning. Though dementia generally involves memory loss, memory loss has different causes. So memory loss alone doesn’t mean you have dementia. Alzheimer’sContinue reading “Our Definition”

Her Signature

My Grandma Marie’s signature is on everything I do. Well, you can argue that all of my grandparents and parents have their signature on my life as well, but when looking specifically at dementia, it is my Grandma Marie. My grandma had Vascular Dementia and lived with the disease for 6 1/2 years (a diagnosedContinue reading “Her Signature”