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What is the DAWN Method of dementia care?

(This article was first posted in the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners’ newsletter, November 2020 edition.) My background and how the DAWN Method of dementia care began Mom keeps losing her car so we’re going to have to put her in a care facility. She can’t live alone anymore.” Those words caught my attention. ‘Mom’ was … Read more

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How Should I Respond When They Don’t Make Sense?

What to do when a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s doesn’t make sense Family members often ask me this question. Trying to talk with someone who is not making sense makes us very uncomfortable. There are two primary reasons for why a loved one who is experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s might say something nonsensical. An … Read more

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There is a Roadmap for Living with Dementia

How you can support someone living with dementia In 2017 the New York Times ran three articles on Alzheimer’s and dementia. The central piece, “Fraying at the Edges: Her Fight to Live with Alzheimer’s” is a lengthy word and video essay about a woman’s experiences in being diagnosed with MCI and then Alzheimer’s, and beginning … Read more

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The DAWN Method Dementia Podcast Guide

As dementia awareness grows, there are many more podcasts for dementia and Alzheimer’s caregivers. If you are caring for someone with dementia at home, listening to a dementia podcast can be a way to connect with other dementia caregivers traveling the same journey and get tips on how to best walk this challenging path. Judy … Read more

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What is it like to have dementia?

Manifesto for Dementia with Dignity  This is a manifesto for my book, Dementia With Dignity. It explains what it is like to experience dementia. It’s important that we keep in mind that dementia is a condition, one that is progressive and that we cannot cure with medications. Please take some time to consider each statement … Read more