A Touch of the Familiar Can Aid Palliative Care
July 1, 2019
Rummage bags are among the more creative applications of a basic idea in the treatment of dementia: that familiar objects and settings can help reduce anxiety and aid in comfort. A rummage bag is exactly what it sounds like, a bag of various common objects provided to people with dementia in order to both provide potentially familiar stimulus, and allow the person to “rummage” which can be a...
Managing Pain at the End of Life
June 6, 2019
Is death painful? Whether you are coming to terms with your own terminal illness or caring for someone who is nearing the end of life, you may have considered this question. A better understanding of pain and how to treat it can help create a more comfortable and gentle dying process for the patient and their family members.
Understanding End of Life Pain
The end of life does not need to be painful. According to June Dahl, founder of the American Alliance of Cancer Pain Initiative...
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 ter...
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 p...