It’s been seven years already since the Presence Care Project was born. It’s been a wonderful journey from taking what was at first just an idea, to making it into the Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care (MBDC), a national program that has been taught and shared with thousands of families and care partners. Along the way,.

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Inspired by a recent encounter at my local gym, here is a new post in the Huffington Post, about bringing dementia awareness and compassionate care into our daily life as citizens: ‘Next Time You Meet a Stranger With Dementia’. Please share with your networks..

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For those of you caring for a loved one with dementia, and wondering how to manage the sometimes conflicting demands from the holidays, see my new post in the Huffington Post, ‘How to Be With a Loved One With Dementia During the Holidays’. May you find peace and joy during this time of the.

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A little less than two years ago, I received an email from Laura Rice-Oeschger, expressing her interest in partnering with me on Presence Care Project. Since then, a great friendship and work collaboration has unfolded, culminating in Laura now taking on the official role of Lead Teacher and Program Director for Presence Care Project. I.

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She has been known to strike or bite at random. The brain can do that to you, when the ability to control impulses is affected. I usually approach her with caution in the back of my head but this time was different. Something about her told me to let go, and I allowed myself.

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Every Monday, same thing. My mind starts anticipating a regular mid-week event that I don’t like. From a purely logical perspective, this does not make sense. Why would I ruin today, a perfectly good and happy day, soon to be filled with the company of friends for a Labor Day barbecue? The mind is.

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Pacing for dementia patients is labeled as a pathological behavior, something wrong to be quickly addressed. This has always struck me as odd, given the therapeutic value of such practice, particularly when faced with anxiety. As someone who is chronically anxious, I have found great comfort in walking back and forth like that, many.

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I recently saw an old man  gazing adoringly at the ‘baby’ lying next to him and was struck by the intensity of his feeling for the inanimate doll. The use of ‘babies’ to enhance the quality of life when dementia is present, is not about infantilizing the person, although it may appear that way. Rather, it is.

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A few days ago, I stumbled upon a repeat of a Radio Lab interview with Diane Van Deren, the extreme-distance runner world champion. And I couldn’t help make the connection between her extraordinary story and what can happen when we let our thinking mind step aside. Diane had to undergo brain surgery to stop her.

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It is not often that I get so moved by a piece of writing that I want to share it with the whole world . . . The following article was written by Jennifer Snyder for Perspectives, a newsletter for individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related disorder. Perspectives is published by the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research.

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