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Finding Joy in Caregiving

 

Caregiving can seem difficult, but there is also plenty of joy that is waiting for you if you change your perspective a little.

As a caregiver, it can be hard to find joy in what you do at times. Watching your loved ones decline over an extended period is not an easy experience to go through, and nothing you’ve experience in life really prepares you for the day-to-day challenges of caring for a person with dementia.… Read the rest

Making Shower Time More Dementia-Friendly

 

There are many persons with dementia who develop a fear of showers even though this is a normal part of each day. Here are some tips that can help encourage your loved one to keep clean.

Showers can be a constant struggle for many caregivers of persons with dementia as what used to be a daily activity becomes a source of frustration.… Read the rest

End-of-life Care For Dementia

 

Death might be inevitable but witnessing it is still a harrowing experience. As caregivers, knowing what lies ahead can make it easier for both you and your loved ones.

Watching your loved one deteriorate because of dementia is difficult. End-stage dementia can be even more traumatic to witness.… Read the rest

Dementia, Pet Care and You

 

When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, it shouldn’t mean that they have to give up their beloved pets. There are ways to integrate them to ensure they remain lifelong well-loved members of the family.

 

Pets are a lifetime commitment, but it is understandable that most of us would wonder if a person with dementia is able to continue looking after their pet.… Read the rest

Reframing Blame

 

Caregiving is never a walk in the park, and in the process of caring for a loved one or ward with dementia, caregivers may find themselves dealing with a common, underlying theme – blame. When talking to caregivers of dementia patients, it is common to hear them remark about their loved ones being not understanding enough or blaming them for being ungrateful.

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Redirecting the Dementia Brain

 

Caregivers of loved ones living with dementia may find this example familiar and relatable: “She is insisting that she is hungry all the time even on occasions when she had just finished the last of her three square meals for the day.

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Keep Calm And Carry On … Caring

 

Caregiving, and the physical and emotional stress that comes with it, are part and parcel of the process. After all, it is an act of love and kindness that requires one to put in a large part of him or herself into the role.

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Walk Your Brain

 

A pill that cures dementia doesn’t exist yet, but there’s something available right now that can protect the mind: exercise. It’s a well-established fact that physical exercise is the cornerstone of healthy living. Not only does it contribute to general fitness, it helps muscle control and coordination, and improves overall well-being.

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CNY Packet Racket

 

The Lunar New Year gets therapeutic (and auspicious) with handmade red packet lanterns.

 

With the Chinese New Year festivities upon us, red may just be the warmest colour. It is the time to enjoy the warmth of kinship and good company, tell stories passed down for generations, and of course, indulge in copious amounts of our favourite Chinese New Year grub.

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