No one walking the dementia journey has to walk alone.

Agree, Apologize, Join, Distract

By: Cyndy Tuesday November 21, 2017 comments

 

Agree, Apologize, Join, Distract

I’m often asked how to diffuse agitation for someone living with dementia.  Certainly, the best strategy is to avoid it altogether, but even with the best care, moments of anxiety in a person living with dementia happen, sometimes, seemingly out of nowhere.  Some strategies can minimize anxiety and escalation to agitation:

paying attention to our client’s or loved one’s level of engagement in activities which promote purpose and... Read More


ONE Question to ask when searching for a long term care facility

By: Cyndy Wednesday May 24, 2017 comments

“How do I know what facilities to consider if I need to move my loved one?” 

THAT is a topic of discussion in some of our recent care partners’ support group meetings.  As I’ve toured more facilities, spoken with senior professionals, and collaborated with other dementia experts in our area to provide consultation and teaching,  ONE question stands out to me as THE FIRST question I would ask when searching for a long term memory care facility.  The answer to this ONE question tells us how much the leadership team of the... Read More


We are a 501c3 organization!

By: Cyndy Thursday February 23, 2017 comments Tags: Dementia Friendly Communities

We are a 501c3 organization!

Our “Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado”® volunteer initiative is officially a nonprofit organization now!   Since we started in November, 2015,  the momentum for this effort has been so positive, that we are able to partner as an “official”  501c3 corporation with other organizations in Northern Colorado to make our communities increasingly more dementia-aware and dementia-friendly.

To that end, our 2017 goals are bold.  They require collaboration among many of us in Northern Colorado which is why our goals are fully... Read More


Contented Dementia

By: Cyndy Thursday December 22, 2016 comments

Contented Dementia

Penny Garner, Contented Dementia Trust founder

 

Dad was a brilliant researcher and fisherman, but he was an even better father.  So, when he shared his concern with me several years ago that his thinking was foggy,  I started to do some research of my own.  I realized we were headed on the dementia journey, not knowing at the time where the journey would take us.  With divine timing and circumstances, three weeks after Dad shared his frustration with me, I was... Read More


Dr. Norris Family Dentistry first in Larimer County

By: Cyndy Sunday February 14, 2016 comments

Dr. Norris Family Dentistry first in Larimer County

Dr. Vinna Norris, D.D.S. and her caring staff say they are committed to “personalized, professional dental care in a modern, yet intimate setting.”  Last week, they showed that such a claim is not just talk.  Dr. Norris and her staff are dedicated to providing excellent care even for their patients who are living with dementia.  The entire staff invested their time to become more dementia-aware.  They discussed challenges in dental care and strategies for making dental care less stressful for their patients with dementia and dementia care partners.   Dr.... Read More


Dr. Boyes Dental Care in Greelley becomes dementia-friendly

By: Cyndy Friday January 22, 2016 comments

Dr. Boyes Dental Care in Greelley becomes dementia-friendly

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I have developed a friendship over the past year with a couple of brave people who attend our Memory Cafe.  This couple is walking the dementia journey themselves--authentically and with courageous vulnerability.  They are doing exactly what needs to be done in our community to change the conversation and help remove the stigma that is often associated with... Read More


Poudre Fire Authority

By: Cyndy Friday January 15, 2016 comments

Poudre Fire Authority

Poudre Fire Authority "A" Shift participated in training this month, hosted at Station 10, to help them better respond to calls involving those in our community who have dementia.    They are living out their values of courage, leadership, and duty as they serve even the most vulnerable among us.   Thank you, Poudre Fire Authority for all you do!  Poudre Fire Authority Station 10 crew 

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Fort Collins Senior Center striving to become more informed on dementia-friendly communities

By: Cyndy Tuesday December 29, 2015 comments

Fort Collins Senior Center striving to become more informed on dementia-friendly communities

"Exceptional service for an exceptional community."  That''s the mission statement for the City of Fort Collins'' organizations.  The Fort Collins Senior Center takes that mission seriously.  The leadership staff of the Senior Center participated in an educational session as part of their plan for having all of their employees become more dementia-aware and friendly to their patrons who are living with dementia and utilizing the Senior Center to stay engaged in their community.  It''s all about showing excellent customer service with a little added compassion and... Read More


Leading the Way to be THE FIRST

By: Cyndy Thursday December 10, 2015 comments

Leading the Way to be THE FIRST

History was made this week in Northern Colorado!  The Fort Collins Lincoln Center staff and management participated in an educational session to help them become more dementia-aware and responsive to their patrons who are living with dementia.  Since one of every three seniors lives with dementia, the Lincoln Center team wisely realized the need to be well-trained and ready to serve their patrons who are living with dementia or bringing a loved one with dementia to one of the many Lincoln Center... Read More


Creating a Dementia-Friendly Community

By: Cyndy Tuesday November 10, 2015 comments

Creating a Dementia-Friendly Community

The concept of Dementia-Friendly Communities has existed for many years in the UK and Australia. In recent years, Wisconsin and Minnesota have had several communities become dementia-friendly and both states continue with initiatives to assist more communities striving to accomplish dementia-friendly environments. Northern Colorado is inundated with compassionate professionals, care partners, and community residents ready and able to make our area safe and welcoming to all of those who live with cognitive... Read More




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