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How to Give the Gift of Giving

Tips for helping our loved ones with dementia participate in giving gifts The DAWN method is an approach that teaches caregivers to look for the emotional needs that lead to behaviors for people who have dementia. We teach caregivers to first recognize and meet their loved ones’ security needs, so they can feel safe even … Read more

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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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Dementia and Wellbeing

How we feel dictates how we behave It sounds obvious, but it’s easy to forget when providing dementia care: Behaviors come from emotions. And how people feel becomes critically important when they are losing rational thought, because it’s rational thought that helps us control our behavior. In order to experience dementia and wellbeing at the same … Read more

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Dementia and Aggressiveness

How to handle a combative dementia patient** [This article, “Dementia and Aggressiveness,” is the last in a series of three articles about mean dementia. See parts 1 and 2, “Mean Dementia—Dementia and Being Mean to Family,” and the “Dementia Anger Stage.”] “You stop that or I’ll hit you!” If you are someone who works with … Read more

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Dementia ‘Anger Stage’

There are more people searching for information on the dementia ‘anger stage’—and how to deal with dementia patients who are angry—than for any other answers about dementia care. This should tell us something. (This article is Part 2 of our series on anger; see Part 1: Mean Dementia—Dementia and Being Mean to Family; see Part 3: … Read more

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Mean Dementia—Dementia and Being Mean to Family

How to deal with a mean dementia ‘patient’* Why is my mom so angry? Why does my husband blow up when I try to explain something?”  Why does it feel like having dementia and being mean to family often go hand in hand? There is an answer—a way to avoid the anger that so often … Read more