Last Ride

I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift, I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor. After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90’s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned

A Little Anatomy Goes a Long Way

I became interested in becoming a PAC Consultant while I was working as a Recreation Therapy supervisor in a dementia facility. Time and time again, I would watch individuals react to persons living with dementia with disdain and frustration. While writing my master’s thesis on improving cognitive function in seniors with MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment), I realized that all of the dementia-related behaviours that family members and caregivers found so challenging could be explained. Each time I

What I Learned From My First Keynote Talk on PAC™

What started out as an email to introduce myself as a Certified PAC™ Trainer to my local Alzheimer’s Society, quickly evolved into a discussion about their upcoming conference in two weeks’ time. I reached out because I thought there may be an opportunity to facilitate a workshop for the Society support group. The CEO had something different in mind. “Can you speak at our conference to 140 people?” she asked. “Yes!” was my reply, with a big gulp. Here is what I learned:1. I can do this… and so

The Gift of Music

The Gift of MusicLori and Kate both shared in previous posts on how amazing the gift of music really is. Please feel free to go back to their posts at anytime and enjoy their insight. Here is a clip from a documentary called ALIVE INSIDE, this clip is an amazing example on how much music impacts our lives and how listening to the music from the past for those living with dementia can transform a human being and bring back those amazing

Six Ways That I Use PAC Skills During Lunch Each Day

I first met Teepa at the Alzheimer Society Research Breakfast in Halifax, Nova Scotia back in January 2016. My immediate reaction was “this makes so much sense!” and “how can I learn more?” Since that morning, I haven’t looked back. In September, I found myself in Asheville, North Carolina for the Trainer Certification Program.I am a care partner to my father who has vascular dementia. He lives in a nursing home and each day, I visit him over the lunch break and we eat our lunch together. PAC

Helpfull New Years Suggestions

Happy New Year!Following my theme last year here is an article that reminds us of our resources and good practices. This is from the Activity Association I belong too. Of course the first recommendation might be impossible due to the fact it would take time we don’t have to do the purge. Good Ideas and reminders.Lori BrittonAs we wind down from the holiday season and really get into the New Year, we see everywhere around us that people are embracing new possibilities, new goals, new

Joy in the Little Things

The Joy in the Little ThingsJoy can come in so many small ways, think outside of the box.Do you have beautiful memories of raising children or just enjoying the presence of a little one around? Did you have a pet that you loved to spend time with, that brought you joy and unconditional love? Do you recall times of play while growing up, what did you enjoy? Can we bring these joyful times back to the lives of those living with dementia…why not!

Want to blog for PAC?

As this year winds down, it is important to keep family and friends close by for support. For the new year, we are looking to add one or two more members to our Positive Approach(R) to Care blogging family. If you have some fresh ideas on how to share and discuss PAC tools, videos, or team members and their effect on the world of dementia care, let me know. We are looking for two new blogging team members to share their insight and inspiration with our Certified Community. If you needed a deal

Holiday Stress and Dementia Caregiving

Holiday Stress and Dementia CaregivingThe Holiday Blues: Depression is common among the older population, and holidays can increase or compound feelings of sadness. The person with dementia may feel a sense of loss during the holidays. They may miss a loved one who they lost a long time ago, may not recognize the family around them, or may feel that someone is missing. Caregivers may also feel a sense of loss since their loved one is not the same as they were all of the holidays prior. Tending