Caregiver Corner: Holiday travel tips

As the holidays approach, many of us look forward to traveling to visit friends and family. Many families ask me about traveling with family members with dementia. Here are my top tips. Plan...

family enjoys a holiday meal

Caregiver Corner: 8 ways to reduce the stress of holiday meals

  Holiday meals can be very stressful for caregivers for persons with dementia. Here are some tips to keep the meals pleasant. 1. Tell your guests about the dementia diagnosis ahead of...

Understanding frontotemporal dementia

For the past 10 years, I have had the privilege of leading a support group for family caregivers of persons with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and related disorders. The group’s creation was...

Caregiver corner: Pleasant Events tool can aid overtaxed caregivers

A demoralizing effect of Alzheimer’s disease and similar dementias is the gradual loss of ability to engage in enjoyable and meaningful activities. This loss affects the whole family and can lead...

Holiday meals

Holiday meals can be very stressful for caregivers for persons with dementia. Here are some tips to keep the meals pleasant. Tell your guests about the dementia diagnosis ahead of time. It can be...

Holiday Travel Tips

As the holidays approach, many of us look forward to traveling to visit friends and family. Many families ask me about traveling with family members with dementia. Here are my top tips. Plan your...

The connection between the brain, sleep and dementia

Last week, I talked about ongoing research on how sleep "deep cleans" your brain, as well as my participation in the National Geographic Channel's documentary Sleepless in America. Meanwhile, our...

Sleepless in America — and the science behind it

There’s nothing quite like that feeling in your head after a long night of...no sleep. Your head feels disorganized, foggy, fuzzy, jumbled. Like it’s full of sludge left over from the night...

Keeping your brain healthy — 7 simple steps

Keeping your brain healthy is simpler than you might think. In fact, the best chance for keeping your brain healthy — far into your senior years — can be as simple as keeping your body...