Health and Wellness

Caregivers' Circle

Stephanie Erickson

Caregivers’ Circle – I’m Still Me – How to create meaningful activities for those living with Dementia

A diagnosis of Dementia can be paralyzing.  Most of the families with whom I work feel overwhelmed, lost and devastated when faced with this reality.  Quickly families often see their loved one as “fading away,” “having disappearing,” or “lost.”  This language creates a perception of those living with Dementia as inaccessible yet this person is still alive and present.  Although capacities and functioning change over time, those living with Dementia are “still here” and able to enjoy moments of laughter, peace and connection.  This week’s guest, Lee-Fay Low, Associate professor in Aging and Health at the University of Sydney and author of the book, Live and Laugh with Dementia: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Quality of Life and I discuss the benefits of activities and how to create a personalized plan for those with Dementia and their caregivers.

For those with mobility challenges, outings and travelling can be difficult and often people choose to stay at home instead of deal with the stress of travelling with heavy equipment.  This week’s Resource Report features the Fold & Go wheelchair, a lightweight and foldable wheelchair that makes travelling simple.