Difficult and Beautiful Caregiving

I’ve been thinking a lot about caregivers lately. Caregivers who live at home with their loved ones and are overwhelmed due to social distancing guidelines. Caregivers that cannot visit their loved ones who reside in a nursing home or assisted living due to COVID-19. Being a caregiver isn’t easy in the best of times. It’s even harder right now. I work most frequently with caregivers … Continue reading Difficult and Beautiful Caregiving

I’m Back…and Maybe Just a Little Bit Angry

For those of you who checked up on me these last few weeks, thank you. It’s crazy (and kinda flattering) that you missed me. I’ve been supporting someone who is going through the toughest time of her life–and a tougher time than anyone should ever have to go through, really. And that is more important than my blog. Sometimes in life you have to prioritize. … Continue reading I’m Back…and Maybe Just a Little Bit Angry

Caregiving and COVID-19

There’s been a lot of discussion about residents living in nursing homes and how they are impacted by COVID-19. Today I want to go in a different direction… Let’s talk about in-home care partners with loved ones who have dementia. Maybe your mom has dementia and was living alone…but you invited her to stay with you during the COVID-19 crisis. Perhaps your mom has lived … Continue reading Caregiving and COVID-19

COVID-19 and….I don’t even know where I’m going with this

In the midst of this pandemic, I feel inadequate. I have nothing to offer you. Except my apologies. If you have COVID-19, I am so sorry. If you suspect your have COVID-19 but can’t get a test, I am so sorry. If you love someone who has COVID-19, I am so sorry. If one of your loved ones has died of COVID-19, I am so … Continue reading COVID-19 and….I don’t even know where I’m going with this

Special Guest Blog: COVID-19 and Dementia

Today’s special guest blogger has more expertise on the subject than I do–he is living with dementia. Emphasis on “living.” Thanks, Roger, for sharing this and for reminding us of the potential that people living with dementia have to continue living meaningful lives and making a difference. —Elaine     Coronavirus and Dementia How I see things in my world   My name is Roger … Continue reading Special Guest Blog: COVID-19 and Dementia

The Northern Iowa Gerontology Nursing Home Art Box Project!

Exciting news! Yesterday we launched the Northern Iowa Gerontology Nursing Home Art Box Project to send art supplies to nursing home residents who are isolated due to COVID-19. I have some funding to buy supplies due to a generous gift from the Adele Whitenack Davis family. However, some people have asked how to contribute. And the more supplies we have, the more residents we can … Continue reading The Northern Iowa Gerontology Nursing Home Art Box Project!

Nursing Homes and the Coronavirus

Does anyone else wake up every morning and think they’ve had a nightmare based on some odd sci fi movie they once saw…and then realize it’s real? I don’t know where to begin. First of all, I’m not in nursing homes, memory care centers, or adult day centers lately. I’m a gerontologist who is avoiding older adults like the plague. Except they aren’t the plague. … Continue reading Nursing Homes and the Coronavirus

This Ain’t Just About Memory: Dementia and the Senses (Part 5: Touch)

This is the fifth of a series of five posts about the senses and dementia. Today we focus on touch. The issue of touch, or tactile stimulation, for those with dementia is complex. An entire book could be written on the topic, and I will be clear that this post is not a complete summary of how one should consider tactile stimulation for those with … Continue reading This Ain’t Just About Memory: Dementia and the Senses (Part 5: Touch)

This Ain’t Just About Memory Loss: Dementia and Senses (Part 4: Taste)

This is the fourth in a series of post about dementia and the senses. Some of the following content is adapted from a 2016 blog post that I wrote. Today we address taste. We use our taste buds to taste four flavors: salty, sweet, bitter, and sour. (There is some controversy about whether there is a fifth flavor, umami, which is sometimes described as savory, … Continue reading This Ain’t Just About Memory Loss: Dementia and Senses (Part 4: Taste)