Growing Evidence on Parkinson's

Growing Evidence on Parkinson's

Since I am a facilitator for a Parkinson’s Caregivers Support Group, I am always reading about recent research and information which I can post here and share with those families who may have a loved one with this disease.  Here is a little from a recent article published in “Movement Disorders”, the Journal of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society...

Making Difficult Decisions

Making Difficult Decisions

Hi Everyone…….recently, I was told about an article in the Washington Post about having that “difficult conversation.”  That is the conversation about moving a loved one to a facility where he or she can receive the care needed.  Sometimes, we caregivers just cannot do it all.  So, extra help is needed.  But it is just not that simple to change a person from being independent to being in assisted living at best. Read More...

A Friend's Umbrella

A Friend's Umbrella

Hi Everyone…….recently, I was introduced to the American poet, Lawrence Raab.  He has won many literary awards and has taught literature at Williams College.  I came across this poem and was surprised to read about Ralph Waldo Emerson’s memory issues.  I thought you might want to read what this insightful poet has written too.  Read More...

Reader's Question about Loved One in a Group Home...

Reader's Question about Loved One in a Group Home...

Recently, I received this question from a reader:

"Your question for Regina: My wife, Karen, appears to be in late moderate stage. She is also in a group home. She asks everytime why she cannot go home. I tell her things like soon, we have to get permission from the Doctor or something off the topic. She gets angry and tell me to stop doing that to her. I don't seem to be able to find the right words to re-direct her. " Read More....

The Importance of Having Those Moments to Remember

The Importance of Having Those Moments to Remember

As Valentine’s Day is approaching, you know that because your loved one is challenged by his/her dementia, it does not mean that the two of you cannot have meaningful moments.  However, remember to keepthings simple and reduce a lot of noise and confusion for them when you want to share a moment. 

Positive Effects of Music for those with Dementia

Positive Effects of Music for those with Dementia

Recently, I had the privilege of attending a lecture by Dr. David Coon, a researcher at ASU, who has just finished a study of the impact of live music on residents of a memory care facility in Arizona. The study also gathered information on the changes this music made on the musicians playing the music and the professional caregivers who were on the staff.  As you might imagine, the effect of the music was significant on all 3 groups. Read More...