Making the shift from ‘me’ to ‘we’ when caring for people with Alzheimer’s

Blogger shares how changing language enhances quality of life

Caring for a person living with cognitive impairment requires caregivers to be selective about the words they use, and substituting the words “you” and “me” with “we” is one important step in this process, says Alzheimer’s expert and blogger Bob DeMarco. Read more

When communicating, be a ‘guide’ to people with dementia: expert

Imagine you’re caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and you are trying to convince them to bathe. Quite often, caregivers and long-term-care home staff find the person does not want to get into the tub. Read more

Editorial: Canada’s new dementia strategy creates opportunity for LTC sector

With the passing of Bill C-233 in June, Canada became the 30th country to launch a national dementia strategy. This, of course, is welcomed news for people living with dementia and their families as well as for the long-term care sector. Read more

Effective Alzheimer’s communication means reducing stress

How do you reduce stress? Rethink your language, says Bob DeMarco

A fundamental key to successfully communicating with a person living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is to mitigate stress for both the caregiver and the person living with cognitive impairment, says Bob DeMarco. Read more

Advocate underscores important role language plays to people living with Alzheimer’s

Jim Mann, who was was diagnosed 10 years ago, says ‘responsible language’ makes a positive impact

Jim Mann makes it clear that he is “living” with Alzheimer’s disease – he is not “suffering” from the condition. Read more

‘Positive language’ helps increase quality of life for people with dementia, say experts

Authors note changing language is an important part of Montessori methodology

Using positive language when working with people living with dementia is an important step in enhancing quality of life, say two authors of a book examining the positive impact of Montessori methodology on people who have cognitive impairment. Read more

Careful planning, keeping things simple can create happy travels for people with dementia

Alzheimer Society offers suggestions to help families create enjoyable holidays for loved ones with cognitive impairment

Summer is now in full swing, and for many people, this is a time to take a family holiday. But what if one of your loved ones travelling with you has Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? Read more

OMNI homes share effective resources to enhance quality of life

From music to potato-peeling, homes use creativity to enhance residents’ experience

As part of The OMNIway’s recent story series on creating meaningful programming for residents with cognitive impairment, many homes shared some of their most effective ways to enrich people’s lives while mitigating agitation. Read more

LEA discusses strengths needed when leading programming for residents with cognitive impairment

‘You have to adapt to the environment, the situation and the behaviour at the moment’

Forest Hill life enrichment aide (LEA) Shannon Lynch says leading programming with residents who have cognitive impairment requires team members to focus on preventing responsive behaviours while being a multitasker who is caring for each resident’s needs. Read more

Expert offers tips on helping people with dementia enjoy meals

‘Be patient are the key words here’

It can be challenging to encourage people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to eat full meals, but Bob DeMarco, an expert on Alzheimer’s disease and founder of the Alzheimer’s Reading Room, has provided some ideas to help caregivers. Read more