Alzheimer's vs Dementia: What’s the Difference?
May 6, 2019
Sometimes, people use the terms “Alzheimer’s” and “dementia” interchangeably. But these words actually have different meanings. While there is a relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, there are key differences that are important to understand. Here’s an introduction to these often confused terms.
Put simply, dementia is a nonreversible decline in mental function. It is not a disease, but instead a group of symptoms that commonly include problems with memory, thinking, problem solving, language and perception. Dementia is a general term fo...
What to Say to Someone Who's Grieving
April 2, 2019
The death of someone we love is one of life’s most difficult challenges. Showing our compassion for our friends and family who are grieving can be uncomfortable. Often, we do not know exactly what to say or do to support our loved ones during this complicated time. We may be afraid of overstepping our boundaries, saying the wrong thing, or making our grieving friend feel even worse. Here are a few simple examples of how we can comfort and support our friends and family as they grieve a loved one.
Most people don’t realize that simply being prese...
An Introduction to End-of-Life Doulas
March 5, 2019
When you hear the word “doula,” you may think of a person who assists a woman during childbirth. But did you know that another type of doula exists to help those not at the beginning of their lives, but at the end? Here is everything you need to know about end-of-life doulas.
What is an End-of-Life Doula?
Also known as a death doula or death midwife, end-of-life doulas provide care and support to those transitioning through the dying process. For the dying patient, they may provide ...
Document Your Health Care Wishes
Feburary 4, 2019
This time of year lends itself to self-reflection, resolutions and is a good time to take stock of what is important in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. At Care Dimensions, we believe that one of the most important resolutions you can make in 2019 is to engage in advance care planning by completing an advance directive.
What is Involved in Advance Care Planning?
Advance care planning involves taking steps to ensure that you get the medical care you would want if you were unable to express your wishes for care. One component of advance care planning is the ad...