When I educate people about Alzheimer's and dementia, one of the first things I share is the prediction that dementia will affect 1 in 2 families in just fifteen years. And when I say this, peope invariably gasp. "No! How can this be? This is awful!" But it's true. Here's the logic behind the claim.
It’s not that my sisters and I didn’t know something was up. But we mistook what we saw for something else. To some degree we did this willingly, but certainly out of ignorance. That Dad appeared functional, if quirky, validated our choice for denial. He managed, well into the middles stages of Alzheimer’s, with the assistance of what I call his “network of complicity”.
Use this time – when the person living with dementia has the greatest mental capacity for communication they will ever have again – to hone your approach and skills in communication as a dementia caregiver.
As a family member, a care giver or a home service provider you want the people you help to be comfortable, not anxious, in your presence. To be perceived as a threat, on any level, does not serve anyone. How do we get off on the right foot?
9 out of 10 people who make a New Years’ Resolution this year will not achieve it in 2019, and 8 out of 10 people who don't succeed will fail by February. Coaching can be a game changer.
We can choose what we bring to share at the table, but we can’t choose the unintentional guests we bring with us to Thanksgiving. Recognizing the saboteur(s) we all have within us helps us understand how we cope with the threats (real or perceived) we encounter in stressful situations – like the holidays – and how the important people around us cope, too.
With each passing day digital technology makes it easier for personal and professional coaches to connect with people who seek coaching for help in navigating the major life changes and formative moments that call for their best selves. Use these seven criteria to choose the best coaching option for you.
Janice was a work friend – we often went to lunch together and debriefed about recent meetings. We saw eye to eye on many management concerns in our company. We would take our spouses on “double dates” a few times a year, trade recipes and exchange gifts during the holidays outside of the company Secret … Continue reading Intelligence styles – the great masters in your midst
As with saying, “I do”, these two little words create a powerful bond between people. But unlike the wedding words, the simple phrase “Yes, and” does not initiate an obligation. What it sets in motion is a relationship of acceptance, which changes the chemistry between people from contracted to collaborative, cooperative and co-creative. If you … Continue reading “Yes, and…” – the other two words that can change your life