THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Can We Please Advocate For Caregiver Support Without Demeaning Our Loved Ones?

On the eve of the first day of National Family Caregivers Month, I’ve decided to plant a stake in the ground for the dignity of our stories in the media.  Here’s what I read in my news feed this morning and what I wrote in response. ine Goldberg her mother, Lily, who suffers from dementia, ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: When Patient Choices Are Harmful

Sometimes, my son makes bad choices.  So does my mother.  Nicholas almost always decides what he wants (and what he doesn’t!) based on short term pleasure (and pain avoidance).  This means, he will NEVER choose to have an injectable medication, an enema, or go the ER, even if his life depends on it.  Luckily, Nick’s ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Redefining Dementia – Let’s All Go to Denmark

Very recently, I came across a UK award-winning initiative for people with Alzheimer’s that I thought was, well, ‘barmy’.  The social enterprise is called “Dementia Adventure” and aims to connect people living with dementia to nature and a sense of adventure.  I was dubious until I watched the video embedded in their website.  I spread ...