Sunflower and blue sky | the DAWN Method

“Help! We need a dementia caregiver. Where do I start?”

How to find a dementia caregiver Families often ask me how to find someone to help with a loved one who has dementia or Alzheimer’s. Usually a spouse or child has been the sole caregiver and now, with the dementia progressing, they are increasingly overwhelmed. Being anyone’s 24/7 caregiver always results in burnout and less … Read more

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Dementia Caregiver Stress

Three tips that make dementia care less frustrating When I tell people that I provide dementia care, the most common response is an exclamation of sympathy and a comment about how patient I must be. I know dementia caregiver stress is legitimate for many reasons and I can understand their reactions. But I’m not a … Read more

snow outside cabin with skis and poles | the DAWN Method

“We’re all just walking each other home.”

You may recognize this quote as something said by Ram Dass, an American spiritual leader of the 1960-70s. To me, it is a profoundly simple way to describe the role of caregiving. It doesn’t matter whether the person we are caring for is experiencing cancer, the flu, dementia, or grief. Offering care means being a companion, … Read more

Wheat fields being harvested with combines in the distance | the DAWN Method

Dementia – The Epidemic That Is Bankrupting Us.

It is an epidemic. It’s estimated that 5.4 million Americans had Alzheimer’s in 2016. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops dementia and that by midcentury someone will develop dementia every 33 seconds. This is an epidemic far from peaking. Dementia is also one of the most expensive … Read more