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Hear easy-to-understand reasons why people living with dementia behave the way they do. Discover ways to prevent and manage common (and not-so-common) dementia behaviors that occur in Alzheimer's, Lewy Body, Parkinson's Disease, vascular, frontotemporal, and other dementias! While I’m an expert in dementia behaviors, I’m new to podcasting; please be patient as I grow! I’m a certified adult nurse practitioner and funded researcher with 50+publications in the areas of dementia and caregiving. Theme music:Closer by Staticinverona (www.tribeofnoise.com).

Make Dementia Your B*tch‪!‬ Rita A Jablonski

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Hear easy-to-understand reasons why people living with dementia behave the way they do. Discover ways to prevent and manage common (and not-so-common) dementia behaviors that occur in Alzheimer's, Lewy Body, Parkinson's Disease, vascular, frontotemporal, and other dementias! While I’m an expert in dementia behaviors, I’m new to podcasting; please be patient as I grow! I’m a certified adult nurse practitioner and funded researcher with 50+publications in the areas of dementia and caregiving. Theme music:Closer by Staticinverona (www.tribeofnoise.com).

    Episode 20: How Do I Know if My Family Member with Dementia Can Safely Make Decisions?

    Episode 20: How Do I Know if My Family Member with Dementia Can Safely Make Decisions?

    In today’s podcast, I answer the question, “How do I know if my family member living with dementia can safely make decisions?” This concern usually comes up around financial issues and living arrangements. It is important for caregivers to understand that the ability to make a decision is not an "on/off" light switch. It is more like a gradual dimmer and must be evaluated for each individual and for each circumstance.

    The ability to make a decision is called decisional capacity. How do you know if someone living with dementia has the decisional capacity for a specific problem or situation? These 5 questions can start the conversation rolling. Caregivers will probably have other related questions for each of the big ones.


    Tell me about the decision. (What is the decision? What does it mean to you?)
    If you go through with your decision, what may happen?
    Tell me who your decision may help.
    Tell me who your decision may hurt.
    Is someone or something "pushing" you to make this decision?

    The Make Dementia Your B*tch book is getting ready to launch. You can read the first 3 chapters for free! Go to www.makedmentiayourbitch.com for a free pdf!

    Have a dementia question? Want to hear it answered on a future podcast? Email me: info@makedementiayourbitch.com.

    Looking for a community? I have my own Facebook page for dementia caregivers: https://www.facebook.com/DementiaCentric

    I show caregivers how to confidently manage dementia behaviors, so that their lives and the lives of their loved ones become easier and calmer. Check out my offerings: https://dementiacentricsolutions.com/caregiver-coaching/

    #alzheimers #lewy body #frontotemporal #dementia #caregiving #care refusal #caregiving






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    Episode 19: How to Handle Hallucinations in People Living with Dementia

    Episode 19: How to Handle Hallucinations in People Living with Dementia

    Hallucinations refer to sights, sounds, feelings, and smells that come from inside the brain. Hallucinations are common with Lewy Body Dementia but can happen with any dementia. The person with dementia is seeing, hearing, or smelling stuff that the rest of us are not experiencing. Hallucinations can also happen when people living with dementia experience delirium. Delirium occurs when people living with dementia suddenly become more confused than usual; infections, especially bladder infections, can cause delirium in people with dementia.

    In people with dementia, hallucinations may arise from changes in the brain and the brain chemicals. Hallucinations may be scary, like seeing a stranger standing next to the bed. Or they can be comforting, like seeing and hearing young children playing in the living room. Sometimes the hallucinations may be more like vivid memories, such as when a person with dementia sees a long-dead family member from long ago.

    Learn how to handle hallucinations that are scary to people living with dementia.

    The Make Dementia Your B*tch book is getting ready to launch. You can read the first 3 chapters for free! Go to www.makedmentiayourbitch.com for a free pdf!

    Have a dementia question? Want to hear it answered on a future podcast? Email me: info@makedementiayourbitch.com.

    Looking for a community? I have my own Facebook page for dementia caregivers: https://www.facebook.com/DementiaCentric

    Are you struggling with dementia behaviors? I can help!! I also provide webinars and on-site training to groups! Check out my offerings: https://dementiacentricsolutions.com/caregiver-coaching/

    #alzheimers #lewy body #frontotemporal #dementia #caregiving #care refusal #caregiving




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    • 29 min
    Episode 18: Five Tips for Creating a Dementia-Friendly Holiday Experience

    Episode 18: Five Tips for Creating a Dementia-Friendly Holiday Experience

    Holidays can be wonderful, exhausting, amazing, and problematic all at the same time. Add being a dementia caregiver, and things get complicated! This year may be worse, because many families could not spend time together thanks to last winter's coronavirus surge! In this podcast,  I offer 5 simple tips to make any holiday--especially this Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Yule, and Christmas--dementia friendly (and keep you from wanting to strangle any 'helpful' family members!).

    Here are the 5 tips:

    1. Introductions--no guessing games!

    2. Tailor holiday activities to give the person living with dementia a job and purpose.

    3. Avoid prime-time services and events.

    4. Have a buddy nearby for caregiver back-up.

    5. Have scrapbooks and photographs within reach.

    The Make Dementia Your B*tch book is getting ready to launch. You can read the first 3 chapters for free! Go to www.makedmentiayourbitch.com for a free pdf!

    Got dementia questions? Want me to explain how to handle a dementia problem in my podcast? Email me: makedementiayourb@gmail.com

    Looking for a community? I have my own Facebook page for dementia caregivers: https://www.facebook.com/DementiaCentric

    Are you struggling with dementia behaviors? I can help!! I also provide webinars and on-site training to groups! Check out my offerings: https://dementiacentricsolutions.com/caregiver-coaching/

    #alzheimers #lewy body #frontotemporal #dementia #caregiving #care refusal #caregiving #holidays






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    • 34 min
    Episode 17: What to Do When People with Dementia Refuse Help and Care

    Episode 17: What to Do When People with Dementia Refuse Help and Care

    Care refusal is a real pain in the ass. It makes caregiving that much harder. Learn how to hack procedural memories and avoid triggering care refusals using your own appearance and the environment. Other techniques include short 1-step commands, gestures/pantomimes, encouraging self-care (and how to actually do this!), schedules and routines, avoiding elderspeak, chaining, vibes, dementia time travel, and entering their reality. I developed and tested these strategies in my own research and have published this information in boring nursing/medical journals that no one ever reads. In the podcast, I package the strategies in nice neat chunks and send them your way!

    NOTE: There are some glitchy segments in this podcast. I am working with Anchor to fix the issues.

    The Make Dementia Your B*tch book is getting ready to launch. You can read the first 3 chapters for free! Go to www.makedmentiayourbitch.com for a free pdf!

    #alzheimers #lewy body #frontotemporal #dementia #caregiving #care refusal #caregiving

    Got dementia questions? Want me to explain how to handle a dementia problem in my podcast? Email me: makedementiayourb@gmail.com

    Looking for a community? I have my own Facebook page for dementia caregivers: https://www.facebook.com/DementiaCentric

    Are you struggling with dementia behaviors? I can help!! I also provide webinars and on-site training to groups! Check out my offerings: https://dementiacentricsolutions.com/caregiver-coaching/


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    Episode 16: Why People with Dementia Refuse Help

    Episode 16: Why People with Dementia Refuse Help

    In last week’s podcast, I talked about ways to help a person living with dementia maintain their abilities to do activities. In today’s podcast, I will talk why people with dementia refuse help, even though we can clearly see they need it!

    There are three main, general drivers of care-refusal behavior: Lack of awareness, the “automatic no” and refusals based on fear. In today’s podcast, I will explain those three causes. In next week’s podcast, I will talk about what to do when people with dementia refuse help.

    The Make Dementia Your B*tch book is getting ready to launch. You can read the first 3 chapters for free! Go to www.makedmentiayourbitch.com for a free pdf!

    Have a dementia question? Want to hear it answered on a future podcast? Email me: info@makedementiayourbitch.com. 

    Looking for a community? I have my own Facebook page for dementia caregivers: https://www.facebook.com/DementiaCentric

    Are you struggling with dementia behaviors? I can help!! I also provide webinars and on-site training to groups! Check out my offerings: https://dementiacentricsolutions.com/caregiver-coaching/

    #alzheimers #lewy body #frontotemporal #dementia #caregiving #care refusal #caregiving




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    Episode 15: Tony Bennett, Salmon Patties, and Fridge Worms: How to Use Meaningful Activities to Maintain Function in Persons with Dementia

    Episode 15: Tony Bennett, Salmon Patties, and Fridge Worms: How to Use Meaningful Activities to Maintain Function in Persons with Dementia

    Well-meaning family and formal caregivers sometimes start to "overdo" for persons living with dementia. "I don't want her to get hurt" or "I don't want him to feel embarrassed" or "It is just so much easier if I do (fill in the blank)." What people do not realize is that once a person with dementia forgets how to do an activity or task, he or she is rarely able to relearn it. There just aren't enough nerve cells and brain chemicals to knit together a new memory.

    People with dementia are vibrant, wonderful people...who happen to have a little, or maybe a lot, of forgetfulness. Here's the thing...the drive, the search for meaning, the desire for affection, the desire to be HEARD...remain. What changes is that the OUTLETS for the expression of these important desires and drives get cut off by the dementia...regardless of the type. The loss of these outlets create anger, frustration, irritability and other behaviors. Sensitive and meaningful interactions with others can reduce the isolation felt by people with dementia.

    Learn how to adapt previous hobbies and activities so that the person living with dementia can still have positive outlets while maintaining optimum function!

    Have a dementia question? Want to hear it answered on a future podcast? Email me: info@makedementiayourbitch.com.

    Looking for a community? I have my own Facebook page for dementia caregivers: https://www.facebook.com/DementiaCentric

    Are you struggling with dementia behaviors? I can help!! I also provide webinars and on-site training to groups! Check out my offerings: https://dementiacentricsolutions.com/caregiver-coaching/

    #alzheimers #lewy body #frontotemporal #dementia #caregiving #care refusal #caregiving


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