Your Questions Answered
Your Questions Answered
Short videos on common questions and helpful strategies for dementia care partners.
This video series addresses the most common questions received from care partners with suggested caregiving strategies from the Enhancing Care Program Clinical Team at the Reitman Centre, Sinai Health.
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When the person with dementia doesn’t know they have symptoms or limitations (Anosognosia)
3 min. 12 sec.
The medical term for this is “anosognosia” and it means a loss of awareness about limitations, or “without knowledge of disease”.
In this video Edward McAnanama discusses anosognosia and practical strategies that can help care partners respond to the emotional and behavioural challenges associated with this condition.
Edward McAnanama, OT Reg.(Ont.)
Occupational Therapist, Psychotherapist
Dementia caregiver concerns regarding cooking and safety
3 min. 1 sec.
In this video, LJ Nelles offers her perspectives on the loss of the ability of the person with dementia to plan and prepare meals and suggested strategies for care partners to manage healthy eating and reduce injury and fire risk in the kitchen.
When is it time for your family member with dementia to stop driving?
3 min. 54 sec.
In this video, LJ Nelles discusses driving and the safety issues for the person living with dementia. She suggests strategies for assessing the driving ability of the person with dementia and how to have the difficult conversation with them about no longer being a licensed driver.
Is it ok to lie to my family member with dementia?
3 min. 33 sec.
In this video, LJ Nelles shares insight into understanding and responding to the person with dementia’s inaccurate understanding of the truth and practical strategies for care partners to respond without lying, or revealing the truth, which may be emotionally distressing for the person with dementia.
Managing lack of interest (apathy) in your family member with dementia
4 min. 13 sec.
In this video, LJ Nelles discusses care partner strategies for responding to the person with dementia’s apathy which is a loss of interest and motivation in engaging in activities and/or social gatherings.
When friends and family don’t understand the impact of dementia caregiving
3 min. 43 sec.
In this video, LJ Nelles provides insight on how dementia impacts care partner, friends and family and suggests strategies to help care partners cope by asking for help and sharing resources.
When a person with dementia won’t attend an adult day program
3 min. 27 sec.
In this video, LJ Nelles discusses recommendations for supporting person with dementia to attend an adult day program so that care partner can rest, work and participate in activities without the person living with dementia.
My spouse doesn’t want me to share their Alzheimer’s diagnosis
3 min. 17 sec.
In this video, LJ Nelles provides her perspective on sharing the dementia diagnosis with others by looking at the needs of both the person living with dementia and the care partners.
My family member with dementia says I’m always telling them what to do
3 min. 39 sec.
In this video, LJ Nelles offers suggestions for minimizing tension between care partner and person with dementia when providing instructions and directions. She highlights the importance of maintaining the person living with dementia’s feelings of independence and autonomy.