Down Syndrome and Dementialand

I try to represent the diversity of individuals with dementia in my blog, but there’s a group that I’ve not discussed until this point…individuals with Down syndrome. As you may know, individuals with Down syndrome are living longer than they have in the past. Our society provides more services to assist them in living independent […]

“Acting Out” in Dementialand (And Please Don’t Ever Use the Term “Acting Out” When Talking About People Living with Dementia)

Sarah–not her real name–lives in a nursing home and has Alzheimer’s. As she nears the end stage of the disease, she’s lost the ability to communicate verbally. Sarah has been a favorite of nursing home staff for her kind smile. Once in a while she is teary-eyed for reasons she can’t express, but she generally […]

Being Needed in Dementialand

People need a sense of purpose. They need to be needed. It’s important that we all have a sense that what we do is meaningful and important. You might anticipate that this post is about individuals living with dementia. You might think I’m going to write about how important it is to support them in […]