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Making the Most of Mealtime: Eating, Swallowing & Dignified Dining for Individuals with Dementia & IDD

Eating and food are at the center of many of life’s occasions, celebrations and moments together with loved ones. Of course, eating is also a necessity—we rely on nutrition and hydration to survive. But what happens to these important and essential moments when dementia affects a loved one’s eating? In what ways can a loved one’s ability to interact with food begin to change? This webinar explains some of the changes that may make mealtime challenging when caring for someone with dementia, and provides tips on how to set up the eating environment for successful mealtimes. It also focuses on swallowing disorders for individuals with dementia and intellectual and developmental disabilities, and how to balance safety concerns while ensuring a dignified dining experience.

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By Elizabeth Kinzig | 05/23/2022

Recent policy doesn't just support older adults with dementia; it aims to improve the situations of family and friend caregivers as well.

What to Know About Recent Government Policies to Support People with Dementia and their Caregivers

The Untied States government has always been a key player in the fight against dementia, but recently it has made an even greater national commitment to address this serious threat to national health. We outline just three recent dementia-related public policies that older adults with dementia and their caregivers should know.

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By Julie Hayes | 05/16/2022

A caregiver helping an older loved one with dementia during mealtime

Managing a Loved One with Dementia’s Sensory Challenges

Dementia can change a loved one’s ability to experience these five senses, and that can have a huge impact on how they view the world. Their favorite food might not taste the same way. They may be startled by the sound of laughter they used to love. They may draw away from a once familiar touch. As a caregiver, it’s important to recognize these changes, and to help make your loved one’s world a more comfortable, less overwhelming place to be for each of their five senses. 

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By Julie Hayes | 04/15/2022

An older couple planning together with the help of a counselor

Taking ACTION to Manage Dementia Care

Caring for a loved one with dementia can oftentimes go hand-in-hand with challenging situations that may lead us to feel stress and uncertainty about how to manage our loved one’s care. It can become overwhelming, especially for one person, but there are steps we can take to minimize the burden and make progress. Action planning gives us guidance and support to meet our caregiving needs and manage our loved one’s care by breaking down larger goals into small, manageable steps towards solutions to potential challenges.

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By Branka Primetica | 06/06/2019

Behavioral Interventions: When Caring for Someone with Dementia

Behavioral Interventions: When Caring for Someone with Dementia incorporates the most current research about dementia care, effective practical strategies, and useful resources in identifying causes of common behavioral symptoms and effective interventions.

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By Jennifer Wolfe, Lyndi Winzeler | 03/29/2022