Advocacy for Nursing Home Staffing

Part of my work as The Dementia Nurse includes advocating for safe staffing ratios in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Owners are notorious for slashing staffing levels in order to increase profits. The end result is that residents suffer, particularly those who are living with dementia. Providing optimal dementia care requires time. When staffing levels […]

When The Nurse Has Dementia

  It was only a matter of time before this question would arise. This week, I’m guest blogging at Exceptional Nurse, a site for nurses and nursing students with disabilities. Come on over by clicking here. Wishing you peace, hope and courage,

Virginia License Plate for Alzheimer’s Awareness

I’m excited about this campaign in my native state of Virginia. Learn more here. For the many who have said to me, “I wish we had this in my state.”, google “how to petition for new specialty license plates in XXX” for your state or contact your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association at […]

How Brain Illness Causes Dementia

Why people with dementia do the odd things they do can seem like an unsolvable riddle. But with a basic understanding of how the brain operates, we see patterns that are less random than they may seem. The human brain is a vast, four-pound wilderness that continues to defy thorough explanation. The brain is made […]

Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia: What’s the Difference?

Dear Dementia Nurse, My mother-in-law’s doctor sometimes says she has Alzheimer’s and sometimes says she has dementia. How do we know which it is? Baffled in Birmingham     Dear Baffled, Great question! Terms that are used in relation to brain illness can be confusing. Different health care providers may or may not use them […]

Alzheimer’s Disease: The Drive-Thru Diagnosis

You sat in the doctor’s office. You heard the words. Alzheimer’s Disease. In many ways, you aren’t surprised. But that little corner of your mind that was hoping for a different verdict feels like Hiroshima on the day after. The doctor hands over a prescription for Aricept (donepazil)  and says to come back in three […]

Alternative Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease

Hello, friends! Today, I am over at discussing alternative treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease. Charlatans are out there, ready to pounce on the sick and the desperate. At the same time, there are legitimate options outside the Big Pharma machine. To get the low down on sorting fact from fiction, click here to come on […]